Rebekah Echeverria is 19 years old. She has passed her senior moves and has skated 11 years on the Ice’Kateers. She is studying psychology at Mount San Antonio College. She has enjoyed every program that coach Kathi Pargee choreographed, but her favorite is this season’s Tango routine. Her greatest memory with the Ice’Kateers is going to Austria and developing strong bond with her team.
How did this season differ from past seasons?
Growing up with a lot of the skaters on the team, I noticed a new maturity in both our attitudes and our skating abilities. This season we had a lot of new members, which was great, because the more the merrier in our family. A couple of skaters had never done synchro before, so seeing and helping them understand and grow in the sport was amazing. Of course achieving our goal of medaling at nationals was a big jump from past seasons.
What were your goals/expectations leading up to Nationals?
Our goals were to have the time of our lives, enjoying each other on and off the ice, but most importantly to keep our focus on a medal.
How did you feel following short leading up to long?
I had a excitement/nervous feeling knowing that we had 4th going into the long. We could or could not medal. After talking to all my teammates and our wonderful coaches I was confident that if we just skated and I remembered why I started skating, I would be fine! My team is amazing and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world!
What was it like waiting in the chute to get on the ice for awards?
It definitely was an overwhelming feeling! I couldn’t stop crying and laughing. Hayden, Crystallettes, and Miami were amazing–as soon as we walked out of the dressing room they were clapping and screaming for us! It was great they all were so sweet!
What advice do you have for younger skaters who dream of being on a nationally competitive senior team?
My advice would be to work hard and stick with it! Sometimes it gets to the point where you want to sleep in and not go to practice, but GO. In the end it is all worth it. Your teammates count on you, and you count on them, so grow a relationship with them because a synchro team is a family, and your family is always there for you.
What are your goals for the future?
My personal goal is to keep in shape and skate hard until next season so that I can bring something different and better to the table. I want us to push through any trial we have as a team and keep fighting for a medal so we, as a team, can go out at nationals next season with a BANG!