ADRIAN, Mich. - The synchronized skating team is less than a week away from its first appearance at the US Synchronized Skating Championships, and on Sunday the team hosted a fundraiser at Arrington Ice Arena to help offset the costs of the trip.
The team raised $1,300 and counting, as donations continue to trickle in. The crowd was treated to a series of different entertaining numbers. The intercollegiate figure skating team co-captains Miranda Micallef, Tricia DeFelice and Meghan Barnes performed a hockey inspired routine called "Hockey Dreams". The Guy/Girl skate really proved to be a highlight, as the synchro team paired up with the ACHA Division I men's hockey team for their interpretation of coed synchronized skating.
"The Guy/Girl skate didn't go entirely as planned, but that's half the fun!" said Head Coach Ashley Carlson. "The performances today were an opportunity for our skaters to prepare for nationals, but also a chance to have some fun."
The synchro team then performed their competitive routine as a tune-up for nationals. Team members feel confident and ready to make their debut on the national scene. According to Senior co-captain Andrea Heide, "Adrian College is a force to be reckoned with. We are going into nationals with a fighting spirit - no doubts, no fears. We are ready."
The final event was a hockey shootout featuring the ACHA Division I men's team and the synchro team. The winners of that were Meghan Barnes and Colleen Higgins, who were partnered with Kevin Sunde and Senate Patton.
After the performances, all in attendance were welcomed to skate with the synchro team as a meet-and-greet. The raffle and silent auction items were drawn at the end of the event. It was the largest fundraiser of the year for the synchro team and they hope to make it an annual event.