You are soooo lucky that Oakland U gives money to you ice program. I am so jealous. I am trying to start up a program at my school, but it is so difficult for me to obtain any type of school funding at all which makes people not want to join because college is so expensive these days. The only positive point is that the ice rink 10 mins away from us are very enthusiastic about having a collegiate synchro program that they are willing to give us good ice pricing and their synchro coach is enthusiastic about helping us too. At least the good thing about creating a collegiate program is that you can be 1 person and still register for intercollegiate and compete.
Originally Posted by iskaterkay
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
This seems like such a great way to build up interest in skating! I'm amazed to find how extensive the HS and college skating programs are.
Recently I heard a wonderful high school jazz orchestra on Garrison Keillor. I wonder if he'd be interested in getting a slab of ice for one of his live shows and featuring a synchro team. Why not?
Wicked Yankee Girl
Apparently, U of Minnesota has a team--maybe he'd do it!
Thanks! Collegiate skating allows you to continue skating while dealing with full-time college schedules. Everyone on your team is on the same page, as well as fellow competitors. There's a range of skill levels and practice time commitments. I'm a preliminary level skater who skates about 2 hours a week, but you'll also see girls who are still competing at the regional/sectional level as juniors and seniors. Skating as a team is fun, whether it's synchro or freestyle.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
A lot of girls on my collegiate team stopped skating because of either the cost or because they felt there were no other opportunities for them to enjoy skating (it's difficult to see why you should commit financially to skating 3-5 days a week when you're not 'at a certain level.') We've found solutions to both of these problems at the collegiate level. What I've found is that collegiate skating offers a great segue into the world of adult skating, whether it be freestyle or synchro. I've also been able to begin dabbling in dance thanks to the solo dance option at intercollegiate competitions.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Thanks for the extra information.
Solo dance is another interesting topic.
People have been discussing it here:
Final team results for top 3 - Dartmouth College (130 points), University of Delaware (97), Boston University (80): http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=48019&type=media
April 21-22, 2012 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo.
Event page (final full results should be posted here eventually): http://www.usfsa.org/event_details.asp?id=47531
The 9 college teams that qualified are (in order of Sectional finish):
EAST - University of Delaware, Dartmouth College, Boston University
MIDWEST - University of Michigan, Miami University, University of Wisconsin
PACIFIC - University of Denver, Univ. of California at Berkeley, Colorado State Univ.
Event preview notes: http://www.usfsa.org/content/Interco...ps%20notes.pdf
Twitter hashtag: #USIC12 - tweets about and from the competition, including photos: http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23USIC12