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Synchronized Skating team wins Eastern Sectionals

Photo by by Megan O'Donnell

Team wins title for 19th time

The University of Delaware's Synchronized Skating team (UDSST) won its 19th Eastern Sectional Championship title in Fort Myers, Florida, on Jan. 17-20.

UDSST won the title in the collegiate division by 23 points with an overall score of 76.20. The team was followed by University of Massachusetts with 53.99 points, Boston University with 50.80 points and Liberty University with 41.65 points.

UD Synchronized Skating team
UD's Synchronized Skating team will compete at the national championships in Portland, Oregon, Feb. 22-24.

The team’s score was the overall highest free skate score of the entire Eastern Sectional Championship. The team skated to a highly energized Britney Spears theme, which captured the audience's attention and earned solid technical and program component marks from the judges as well.

“We were so happy with the way the team skated,” said coach Megan O’Donnell. “They had skated solid all week in practice, but the competition is what counts. Being defending champions added a lot of pressure for this team, but they channeled their nerves and put out an amazing performance. We couldn’t have asked for more from them.”

“We are looking forward to attending the national championships in Portland, Oregon” added coach Wendy Deppe. “We hope the team can put out an even better performance and enjoy the time they spend together as a team.”

The team will be representing the University of Delaware at the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships in Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 22-24. A crowdfunding site has been established for those interested in supporting the team.

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