2018-2019 Volunteers of the Year

Each year we rely on generous volunteers for all the functions of the club. And each year we choose two special people who have gone above and beyond to ensure the club’s success. This year we recognize Karen Aiken and Lisa Stone.

Karen Aiken (left), Lisa Stone (right)

2019 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships

SDFSC member accomplishments from this year’s nationals held in April at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Justin LyAdult Gold Solo Free Dance1st Place
Carolee PurdieAdult Gold Dramatic Entertainment V
Adult Gold Ladies IV, V
1st Place
3rd Place
Fernan BalsalubreAdult Bronze Men I, II1st Place
Erin LyAdult Bronze Light Entertainment II 3rd Place
Nathan Meyers and Joanne KnudsonAdult Pre-Silver Dance4th Place
Erin Ly and Justin Ly Championship Adult Dance5th Place
Nathan MeyersAdult Pre-Silver Solo Pattern Dance6th Place

2019 U.S. Intercollegiate Figure Skating Championships

SDFSC member accomplishments from this year’s intercollegiate nationals held in April at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

Astrea Villarroel-Sanchez, UC-San Diego
Senior Ladies Short Program – Group A
Juvenile Pattern Dance
Preliminary Pattern Dance – Group B
Senior Ladies Championship Free Skate
1st Place
5th Place
5th Place
9th Place
Jake (Joel) Nuñez, UC-San Diego Excel Pre-Preliminary Men Free Skate
Preliminary Pattern Dance – Group A
1st Place
8th Place
Skylar (Kunyi) Li, UC-San DiegoExcel High Beginner Free Skate3rd Place
Catherine (Yumeng) Hou, UC-San Diego Excel High Beginner Free Skate4th Place
Alexandra Olmedo, UC-San Diego Excel Pre-Juvenile Free Skate4th Place
Marcy (Mengxi) Ren, UC-San Diego Excel Pre-Preliminary Free Skate5th Place

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Liang

Kate Liang started skating at SDIA’s Learn to Skate Program as a tot in 2003. Within six months of taking classes Kate joined Shining Blades and thus the beginning of her journey with synchronized skating. After skating with Shining Blades for three years Kate decided she wanted to be more competitive and began skating for Team del Sol and Karen Wiesmeier. Ten years later, having skated Juvenile through Senior Level, Kate had earned a U.S. Synchronized Skating Championship at the Intermediate level in 2013, an Intermediate Pewter medal in 2011, ten Pacific Coast Sectionals Championships, and at the Senior level, an International Gold Medal in 2016 at Trophy d’Escosse in Dumfries, Scotland. In addition, she earned gold medals in both Moves in the Field and Dance and did some Free Skate tests as well. She served as the SDFSC Jr. Board President for 3 years and was Volunteer of the Year in 2015.

Now in 2019, Kate has been skating with the University of Michigan Synchronized Skating Team for the past three years at the Collegiate level earning back-to-back U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in 2017 and 2018 as well as a Bronze Medal in 2019. As an all-student run team, Kate has been in a leadership role for the past two years, one as the VP of Travel and Competition and this year as President. Kate was re-elected to serve as President for her senior year. Kate continues to be passionate about synchronized skating and eventually wants to skate on an adult team once her education is completed.

University of Michigan SST – Collegiate National Champions
2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships – Portland, OR
University of Michigan SST – Collegiate National Champions
2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships – Rockford, IL
Team del Sol (Team USA) – International Gold Medal
2016 Trophy d’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland
Team del Sol Intermediate – Gold Medal
2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
Team del Sol dress progression – 10 years

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson started skating at SDIA in 2006 and started in group classes. She pursued individual accomplishments in testing and competitions resulting in medals from many area competitions and earned US Figure Skating Golds for Move In The Field and Dance. Almost immediately after she started skating and in parallel with individual skating, she was drawn to synchronized skating.

For 10 years she competed with Shining Blades and Team del Sol. Many of these years resulted in Gold medals at area competitions and at the Pacific Coast Sectionals. In several competition seasons, she “double skated” on two different level teams during the same competition year. For the last two years, she has been competing with Miami University.

We are congratulating Julie at this time for becoming a TWO TIME U.S. Synchronized Skating Champion:
– 2019 US Synchronized Skating Champions (Collegiate) – Miami University Collegiate Varsity SST
– 2013 US Synchronized Skating Champions (Intermediate) – Team del Sol

Julie has also competed at the Senior level with both Team del Sol and Miami University representing Team USA at international competitions in Scotland, Sweden, and Germany. In 2016 with Team del Sol, an International Gold Medal was earned at the 2016 Trophy d’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland.

Julie holding the National Collegiate Championship Trophy
2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships – Plymouth, MI
Miami University Collegiate Varsity SST – Gold Medal
2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships – Plymouth, MI
Team del Sol (Team USA) – International Gold Medal
2016 Trophy d’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland
Team del Sol Intermediate – Gold Medal
2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Plymouth, MI

We want to continue to recognize accomplishments of our SDFSC alumni after they have moved on in life. Please contact the club’s president or webmaster if you have details of an SDFSC alumni that you would like to share.

Sweep at Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectionals

Our SDFSC synchronized skaters had amazing trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectionals.

Each of our competitive teams took the GOLD in their event:

Pre-Juvenile Shining Blades (Free Skating)
Open Juvenile Team del Sol (Free Skating)
Juvenile Team del Sol (Final)
Intermediate Team del Sol (Final)

Please congratulate all our skaters and encourage those teams going on to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at the end of the month in Plymouth, MI.

International Competition Success

Katie and Nathan Luong represented SDFSC on their first assignment from U.S. Figure Skating at the 2018 North American Series in Milwaukee, WI on July 12, 2018.

Congratulations to Katie and Nathan for BRONZE medals in the Novice Pairs competition.

Skate Canada and U.S. Figure Skating will hold the 2018 North American Series for novice level athletes, in conjunction with Skate Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11-15, 2018, Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition in Lake Placid, New York, July 24-27, 2018 and Skate Ontario Summer Skate in Toronto, Ontario, August 17-20, 2018.

Additional information available from Skate Ontario.

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