by Tara Tahil and Margaret Amory
The Adrian College Varsity Synchronized Skating Team successfully hosted its first elite synchronized skating camp from Monday, July 16th to Thursday, July 20th. While it was only three and a half days long, the camp was jam packed with a large variety of courses on and off the ice that reflected the lifestyle and expectations of elite skaters at Adrian College. The high-class instructors included Director of Synchronized Skating at Adrian College, Ashley Carlson, Bonnie Lynch, Tricia DeFelice, Brandon Forsyth, Erin Donovan, Jennifer Heurlin-Brenne, Sean Lazio, Lesley Carson, Ashley Palmer, Jennifer Soper, and Madeline Soave. The focus of this training camp was to develop both individual and team skills needed to succeed at the junior, collegiate, and senior levels.
The camp kicked off with a short team building activity that showed us how this sport can bring us altogether regardless of where we come from. We participated in different on ice classes such as power/edge quality, expression and movement, intervals, choreography, twizzles, freestyle, intersections, ice dance, pairs, group lifts/vaults, traveling, pivoting and moves in the field elements. Something unique about Adrian’s elite camp was the opportunity for skaters to have private lessons with the Adrian coaches on optional freestyle sessions. This gave skaters the ability to get to know their potential future coaches better and to work on their skills with special attention. We celebrated the completion of each day by singing Adrian College’s fight song on the last ice session of the day.
Off the ice, we took part in numerous classes such as Crossfit, ballet, Strong by Zumba, yoga, time management, group lift/vault instruction, and AC Admissions. The most notable classes were hip hop and jazz taught by Madeline Soave who was a dancer for the Cheetah Girls and other Radio Disney stars; and mental training where we ended the class by writing nice things about each individual in our group. One of the highest intensity off-ice classes we participated in was Strong by Zumba. Consisting of “quadrants,” there were 4, 12 minute workouts that got progressively harder. It was a new class for all of us, but it definitely left us the sweatiest!
It was an incredibly well-organized and high energy elite camp, so be sure to check it out next year. Use the hashtag #SummerOfSynchro to show off how you’ve been training this summer!