by Rick Pezzullo
Two students in the Irvington School District were recently crowned National Champions at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Michigan as members of the Skyliners Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team.
Erika Sipos, a freshman at Irvington High School, and Rachel Cortese, an eighth grader at Irvington Middle School, helped the 23-member Skyliners squad win its first national title in the Intermediate Division performing to a “Superheroes” music medley against 12 of the best teams in the country.
“Winning the gold medal at Nationals was a feeling I will never forget,” Sipos said. “Being first in the nation is something you don’t get to experience very often. Accomplishing it with this group of amazing skaters and coaches has been very gratifying especially after all of our hard work.”
“It really has been an amazing year for our team,” Cortese added. “And while we have worked so hard to get here we have also had so much fun as a team!”
The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team was established in 2001 by a group of parents who wanted to create the most competitive synchronized skating club in the tri-state area. Skyliners has grown to one of the top teams in the nation with 11 lines and 190 skaters ranging in age from five to 26. Synchronized skating combines teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences.