Dear Skyliners,

We are so proud to welcome over 260 skaters to the Skyliners family for the 2018-19 season! Our clinics and tryouts this Spring were the busiest and most successful ever. Because of the amazing turnout, we were able to add a brand new line - Open Juvenile - to the Skyliners and a brand new branch of Skyliners in New Jersey, with three new lines: Open Juvenile, Pre-Juvenile and Beginner. In total, Skyliners will field sixteen lines this season - wow!!!

We will have lots of work to do in the upcoming months and we need YOUR help! Skyliners is a parent-run organization and as a requirement, we need one member of each family to fulfill at least one volunteer role during the season. If you haven't already, please CLICK HERE to indicate your preferred volunteer role.

In this issue of SkyBlast, you'll find Summer Splice registration information; our End of the Year Party photofest; Tryouts Fun Facts; and an inspiring Worlds diary from the Senior line. Go Skyliners!!
The Skyliners Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 24 at 4:30pm at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT (during Summer Splice). We encourage all parents to attend. We will be holding our election for the Board of Directors, and must have a quorum to conduct the election. Please vote by proxy via the online ballot by CLICKING HERE. Votes must be received by noon on Saturday, June 23. Ballots will also be sent via email.
This year's Summer Splice will be the most exciting ever! We already have 130 skaters registered from 15 teams, including Team Fusion (Spain), Hot Shivers (Italy), Starlights, Hayden Synchro, DC Edge, Chicago Skates and Fond du Lac.  Limited  spots remains at each level. Don't miss your chance to join synchro skaters from around the world and master new skills! CLICK HERE to register.

Splice skaters need to be 10 years old and to have passed Preliminary MIF or higher. Younger skaters 5-9 years old are invited to register for "A Slice of Splice," a half-day clinic with top Team USA coaches.
Coach Josh Babb at 2017 Splice
Team Unique coach
Miru Penttinen 
U.S. National Champion John Coughlin
TUESDAY, JULY 10 5:30-6:30pm

It's time to get creative and show your #SKYSPIRIT! The Sky's the Limit with the outfits you can wear to our annual skate party! Join your old friends - and make some new ones - as we celebrate our new team, play games, hold our costume contest, and skate, skate, skate!

Please mark your calendars. More details to come!
Every season, Skyliners creates a Journal keepsake for our skaters, wishing them luck for the season. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! Keep an eye out for ways to advertise in the Skyliners Annual Journal and please help us recruit corporate advertisers! More info coming soon!!
2018-19 LINES
Skyliners is 16 lines strong this year with an incredible coaching staff!

Intro - Head Coach Sarah Blosat and Assistant Coach Katie Mangiardi

Beginner - Head Coach Sarah Blosat and Assistant Coach Stacey Richmond-Orfini

Pre-Preliminary - Head Coach Nina Newby and Assistant Coaches Sarah Blosat & Ashley Mulhern

Preliminary - Head Coach Sarah Blosat and Assistant Coaches Nina Newby & Ashley Mulhern

Pre-Juvenile - Head Coach Sarah Blosat and Assistant Coaches Celeste Cote-Estrada & Sennett Cooke

Juvenile - Head Coach Natalie Martello & and Assistant Coach Nikki Wylan

Open Juvenile - Head Coach Natalie Martello and Assistant Coach Celeste Cote-Estrada 

Intermediate - Head Coaches Josh Babb, Pam May & Nikki Wylan and Assistant Coach Ashlyn Nadeau

Novice - Head Coach Pam May and Assistant Coach Natalie Martello

Junior - Head Coach Josh Babb and Assistant Coach Pam May

Senior - Head Coaches Josh Babb & Pam May

Central Park Beginner - Head Coach Alexandria Sais and Assistant Coach Sarah Babb

Central Park Pre-Juvenile - Head Coach Alexandria Sais and Assistant Coach Sarah Babb

New Jersey Beginner - Head Coach Lori Zimmerman (Assistant Coach To Be Announced)

New Jersey Pre-Juvenile  - Head Coach Lori Zimmerman (Assistant Coach To Be Announced)

New Jersey Open Juvenile - Head Coach Lori Zimmerman (Assistant Coach To Be Announced)
In addition to all our fundraising efforts throughout the year, please support us in the easiest way possible - make all your Amazon purchases at AMAZON SMILE and Amazon will donate a percent to Skyliners at no cost to you!

You can also purchase clothing labels (great for labeling all your Skyliners gear) through OLIVERS LABELS and Skyliners will receive a 20% donation at no cost to you!
SENIOR TEAM USA - Worlds Diary
by Allison Phillips
Senior skaters perform at Worlds (above), Allison Phillips with teammate Emily Kirillov (below right)
Sky Senior had the amazing opportunity to compete at the World Championships! This season, we have worked so hard and reached our goal of becoming a 2018 World Team. We arrived in Stockholm, Sweden early on Sunday, April 1st. Later that day, we had our first practice. We arrived earlier than most teams and we were able to practice the whole week leading up to the competition. During all of our practices, we stayed motivated, confident, and overall excited about the whole experience.

On Monday, we had our second practice of the trip, then went into town and explored Stockholm. While exploring, everyone took a lot of fun pictures and we looked around in the shops, where we bought our souvenirs. The next day, we had more practice and went to the mall near our hotel for more shopping.

Each day during breakfast, we were able to watch teams practicing because our hotel was connected to the competition rink. The rink itself was also quite amazing. It was a giant globe! Each time we practiced in the competition rink, it felt as if we were skating an official practice. That’s part of what makes Worlds different than any other competition. We had to maintain our confidence and professionalism throughout each practice on the competition ice. Personally, having to do this made me feel very important and it was an amazing feeling.

The day before the short program competition, we attended the draw ceremony. It was a very fun and entertaining draw which is unlike any other competition. We watched performances of local groups from Stockholm dance and sing. Then, the draw started and we watched two representatives from each team go up and pick the order that we would be skating in for the short program.

Finally, after what had seemed like a month, it was the first day of the competition! We began the day with official practice and it went very well, which made us feel ready to compete. Later that day, when we stepped on the ice to compete, it was an amazing feeling. Knowing that we were about to compete for the first time at the World Championships was unreal. As we skated our program, we really left our mark and showed everyone there that “we were here.” The next day for long, we were ready to give them a show. We switched our focus from being Beyoncé to being Cleopatra. Knowing that this was our last time competing for the season, the whole team was very emotional. When we stepped on the ice for the long, I was determined to put all my emotion and energy into making this last skate unforgettable. When it was all over, we were happy with how we skated. Also, we enjoyed the competitors' dinner and party that night, where we were able to meet a lot of athletes from different countries.

This trip was an amazing opportunity that I would have never thought I would be a part of. I have been to the World Championships to watch many times. Now I am able say that I was part of the excitement this year and that, along with my amazing teammates, will forever have a special place in my heart.
Seniors tour Stockholm together
This year was the biggest turnout for Skyliners tryouts ever! What does it take to fill 16 lines?

  • 367 registered skaters
  • 26 clinics
  • 16 tryouts
  • 150 volunteers
  • 14 coaches
  • 4 rinks in 3 states, including Chelsea Piers Stamford, Clary Anderson Arena, Westchester Skating Academy and Wollman Rink


  • 1200 feet of blackout paper
  • 500 Skyliners stickers
  • 402 Skater cards
  • 360 Skyliner swipple pops
  • 315 blue twizzlers
  • 300 Starburst candies
  • 240 blue dum-dums
  • 200 blue sassy straws
  • 150 balloons
  • 100 blue candy swirl sticks
  • 16 pounds of Hershey's kisses
  • 4 rolls of tape
  • 3 reams of paper
  • countless blue tongues and smiles!

2018-19 season! GO SKYLINERS!!
17 Years of Skyliners
Skyliners was established in 2001 by a group of parents who wanted to create the most competitive synchronized skating club in the tri-state area. In that first year, the team had three lines - Preliminary, Juvenile and Intermediate. Seventeen years later, Skyliners has grown into one of the top synchronized skating teams in the country, now 16 lines and 260+ skaters strong. While the majority of the skaters reside in the tri-state area, we also have skaters from Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Our resume of achievements includes 25 Eastern championships, 12 National championships, 8 International gold medals, an historic Junior Worlds Silver medal...and 10 years designated TEAM USA.  
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