Emma Estrada didn’t anticipate to win her third consecutive National Championship Gold medal at the February 2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships held in Michigan.
“We kind of just went into the competition wanting to skate our best,” stated Estrada. “When we found out we won, it was unreal for a while.”
Estrada, a 17-year-previous senior at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, gained her third consecutive gold medal together with her teammates on The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team, established in 2001 by a gaggle of oldsters who needed to create probably the most aggressive synchronized skating membership within the tri-state space.
The Skyliners Skating Team capped its 2018-19 season with historical past-making outcomes and 5 nationwide medals at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI, for 3 days of intense competitors. Three Skyliners qualifying strains — Junior, Novice and Juvenile — gained National Championship Gold Medals; the Intermediate line gained Bronze; and the Senior line gained Silver.
“It’s been an amazing season for Skyliners,” stated Josh Babb, Skyliners head coach and director of Synchronized Skating. “As our team grows, so do our accomplishments. Our skaters work extremely hard, and their efforts have really paid off this year.”
Estrada, part of the Skyliners Novice staff (ranging between the ages of 14 to 17), carried out “The Greatest Showman” program, scoring a season’s greatest 76.13 factors. Intermediate locked within the Bronze medal with their “Go-Getter” program, incomes a 66.17. And Juvenile captured their National title with an entertaining “Circus” program, scoring a season excessive rating of 61.94 factors.
“It was one of the best weeks ever because I just got to spend multiple days with my best friends, skating doing what we love and then winning,” stated Estrada. “We stayed in Michigan days after watching teams compete and hanging out with each other one last time before the season ended.”
Estrada started to discover ways to ice skate at the age of three. Following in her mom’s footsteps, who was a determine skater and is presently a coach, Estrada fell in love with ice skating and joined the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team in 2011, she stated.
“Honestly, they were one of the top teams and I was on another team for a while,” stated Estrada. “I decided to make a switch because I was becoming competitive and I’ve been so happy. I’ve met all of my best friends in the team.”
In preparation for the competitors, Estrada practiced together with her teammates on Saturdays and Sundays, spending 5 to 6 hours on the ice and off-ice training to go over their program. Additionally, the workforce needed to attend choreography courses and fitness training, and anticipated to apply on their very own in the course of the week as nicely.
“Every time I’ve competed it’s unreal and it’s such an amazing experience hearing the crowd cheer for you, and once the program is over it’s almost like a blur. It happened so fast,” stated Estrada.
Aside from ice skating, Estrada is part of the Drama Club at St. Francis Prep collaborating in performs and musicals.
“I’m definitely into theater and different performing arts,” stated Estrada, who can be attending Tampa University within the fall.
Although she gained’t be competing subsequent yr, she plans to proceed skating individually, she stated.
“I’m planning to major in marine biology and hopefully minor in performing arts,” stated Estrada. “It was an adventure [at St. Francis Prep]. Every year had something different to offer, and I’ve learned so many things that I will take with me for the rest of my life.”