Written by Erica Beggs Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
Over the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend, Jan. 14 to 18, the Skate School Competitive Team (member of the Ice Skating Institute) of the Great Neck Park District competed in Lake Placid, New York. Under the direction of Shannon Lenihan, the team placed an impressive second place overall. Thirty six skaters competed in both group and individual events including synchronized skating, Ice Theatre, team compulsories, artistic and solo programs.
The team competed against 15 teams from all over the North Atlantic region. Assistant director Christina Tache, synchronized head coach Audra Smith, assistant production director Moriko Betz, coach Milada Stastny, all assisted Shannon Lenihan, who led the team to successfully collect multiple gold, silver and bronze medals. The competitive team, including Rachel Berkower, Jared Betz, Brooke Cenname, Hayley Brooke Cohen, Rachel Coons, Pellegria Cronin, Tracey Dolan, Arielle Farhi, Shaindy Ferster, Hannahbella Ferster, Rachel Ferster, Meria Ferster, Shiley Grinbaum, Carly Hirshon, Samantha Hui. Kaitlyn Hui, Callie Ives, Eirini Kyriannis, Kristen Machado, Samantha Malatos, Vicky Malatos, Alexa Marden, Jillian Marden, Danielle O’Hara, Stephanie Pearl, Carolline Peiser, Jordan Peiser, Kyla Rosenberg, Marissa Schiener, Lucy Seavey, Ruby Seavey, Ilana Sedaka, Ilana Sherman, Jessica Storozum, Cassie Tache, and Ashley Wu, has been working diligently since September.
In addition to placing first, second, and third in many individual events, members of the competitive team also did very well in group events. The Icicles, our junior synchronized skating team placed second, and the Icettes, our Senior Synchronized team placed first in their category! We would also like to congratulate our third place Production Team for their amazing performance of Bollywood on Ice.
The Park District is extremely proud of their accomplishment! Kudos and congratulations to all of the skaters and their parents, for their dedication to the skate school. It was an incomparable show of sportsmanship and team spirit.