The members of Pittsburgh’s Steel City Blades Open Juvenile and Pre-Juvenile synchronized skating teams are back to training following this weekend’s 29th annual Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition. This year’s competition that kicked off on Friday, Jan. 4 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell in Lowell, Mass. marked the start of the Steel City Blades’ competition season, which is scheduled to run through late February.
On Friday evening, the Steel City Blades Pre-Juvenile team took to the ice along with 23 other Pre-Juvenile teams skating first in the final flight of eight teams that included Skyliners, Capitol Steps and Philadelphia Symmetry. The team, which is coached by Karen Volk, finished in fifth place.
The Steel City Blades Open Juvenile team was among the 22 other Open Juvenile teams that skated the following afternoon. The 15-member team competed first in its group of eight teams skating to an upbeat, disco-themed medley that included Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” the Bee Gees’ “You Should be Dancing” and “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. The Open Juvenile team finished in sixth place.
Up next on the Steel City Blades’ competition schedule is the 2013 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships scheduled for Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Steel City Blades train at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island under the direction of Vicki Korn, Island Sports Center skating director Beth Sutton, head coaches Karen Volk and Jennie Vicinie and assistant coach Cari Breed.