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Former Steel City Blades skater to compete at national skating event

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At a time when most figure skating fans are focused on the 2014 Winter Olympics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign freshman Rosalynn (Rosie) Hillenbrand’s focus is on the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, a national-level competition that her school’s synchronized skating team, IllinoiSkating, will compete at in late February in Colorado Springs, Co.

Slated for Feb. 26-March 1 at Colorado Spring’s World Arena, the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will name the U.S. synchronized skating team champions at a variety of qualifying levels, including collegiate, adult, masters, juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior. Those teams from throughout the Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast regions of the country that place among the top four at their respective sectional championships earned their advancement to this national-level competition.

Hillenbrand and her teammates qualified to advance to the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships this past January when IllinoiSkating placed fifth at the 2014 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Hoffman Estates, Ill. IllinoiSkating will be one of the 12 synchronized skating teams competing at the competition’s collegiate level, a U.S. Figure Skating division for college students who wish to join a synchronized skating team.

A 2013 graduate of Taylor Allderice High School, Hillenbrand brings seven years of synchronized skating experience from her years as a member of Pittsburgh’s first synchronized skating team, Steel City Blades, from 2006-2013. She is now in her first year at the University of Illinois where she majors in industrial design.

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