Area Ice Skaters To Compete For National Championship

(Beaver Dam) A group of area ice skaters are heading to the east coast to compete for a national championship. Members of the Wisconsin Inspire Juvenile Synchronized Skating Team will be in Rhode Island after placing third at the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Wichita on January 18th. Wisconsin Inspire includes Swan City Ice Skaters, Madison Ice Diamonds, as well as groups in Sun Prairie and Delafield. The cooperative brings together skaters and coaches in Southern Wisconsin who share a passion for synchronized skating. Jennifer Hiley is the president of Swan City Ice Skaters. She says the co-op’s origins started two years as lead coach Lisa Henning wanted to bring together higher level of skaters as local groups struggled to field of enough skaters to form teams. Hiley says a total of 16 skaters will compete at the national championship with five from the Beaver Dam and Waupun area. She says it is amazing to see how much these young skaters have accomplished in such a short period of time. The Synchronized Skating Championship is being held February 26th through the 29th with Wisconsin Inspire set to compete on the 28th. The co-op will also participate in the 25th Annual Swan Synchro Skate held at the Beaver Dam Family Center Ice Arena on February 15.