SUMMiT, NJ - Summit sisters Sophia Howson and Alena Howson are getting ready to head to Plymouth, MI, where they will compete in the 2019 US Synchronized Skating Championships as part of the Synchronettes Synchronized Skating Teams, which are based in West Orange.
Fifteen-year-old Sophia, a Novice team member, and 10-year-old Alena, who skates on the Juvenile team, have been on the Synchronettes for two years. This is Sophia’s sixth synchronized skating season and while Alena’s has been in the sport for four years. Understandably, their parents are extremely proud that they get to experience the event as competitors together, and as part of the Synchronettes.
Synchronized Skating is a United State Figure Skating Association-sanctioned team sport in which 8 - 20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences.
The US Synchronized Skating Championship will be held February 28 - March 2 at the USA Hockey Arena.
The Synchroettes Novice team received a bronze medal and the Juvenile team locked in US Synchro Championship placement based on their performance at the 2019 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships held in Worcester, MA, at the beginning of February 2019.
To celebrate and wish good luck to the teams competing at Nationals, the Synchroettes are performing at a 'Nationals Send Off Exhibition' at Richard J Codey Arena on February 19, from 6 - 7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to all.
Richard J. Codey Arena is located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange.