Local synchronized skaters medal at championships

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The Nor’Easters Open Juvenile synchronized skating team, comprised of 10 skaters ranging in age from 13 to 17 and representing the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club from Falmouth, made history by winning their first ever medal at the U.S. Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships last month in Lake Placid, New York. After finishing third in their qualifying round, the Open Juvenile team stormed to a Pewter medal with a fourth-place finish in the championship round.

Left to right: Violet Singer (Falmouth), Ava Demer (Falmouth), Nathalie Grobe (Falmouth), Katie Kusturin (Gorham), Sophie Lawsure (Scarborough), Erin Holmes (Cumberland), Jazmine Margel (Scarborough), Maxine Ewing (Falmouth), Cecilia Kusturin (Gorham) and Eden Larsen (Scarborough).

The Nor’Easters Open Adult team also competed, earning sixth place in its division. Coached by Lori Johnson of Portland, the Open Adult team is comprised of 13 skaters ranging in age from 25 to 62, with an average age of 47. 

Front row (left to right): Caroline Paras (Portland), Diane Nugent (Wells), Stacey Blanchard (Sanford) and Nina Sylvia (West Bath).

Middle row: Mary Markowski (Scarborough), Sue Gagne-Rousseau (Lewiston), Lori Johnson (Portland) and Clelia Siguad (Brunswick).

Back row: Heidi Coffin (Brunswick), Chelsea Ferk (Saco), Sarah Lawsure (Scarborough) and Kathy Cain (Oxford).