Isabella and Victoria Valentino of Brewster and Maddy Belanger and Maya Balling of Nantucket will be part of Team Boston’s Excel Collegiate, a synchronized skating team representing the Skating Club of Boston, at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships from June 3 to March 6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Team Excel collegiate team was one of six collegiate teams to qualify for national championships in January at the Eastern Section Synchronized Skating Championships, where they won first place. The team will be one of only 12 collegiate teams from across the country to compete at this elite level.
Synchronized skating is a demanding discipline of figure skating in which teams of eight to 20 skaters perform a program together, mixing elements of singles, pair skating and ice dancing. The programs are characterized by teamwork, speed, complex formations and challenging step sequences. Athletes in this sport work and train hard all year round. The Excel Collegiate team trains seven months a year, for a minimum of five hours a week, on and off the ice. In addition, each skater trains with private coaches on individual skating skills, such as footwork, edge quality, freestyle jumps and spins, and ice dancing.
In addition to its collegiate team, Team Excel’s juvenile and adult teams have also qualified to compete in the US Championships.