Ana and Ben were able to attend the USFS Program Components Camp in Charleston, SC this weekend as a pairs team. We drove down on thursday and friday, and friday afternoon they did STARS fitness testing. Then they spent the rest of the weekend in a very intense skating camp -- 10+ hours days with 5+ hours on ice and lots of off ice classes and training.
They were in a group of other pairs and dance teams - 4 teams total. They learned quite a lot and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately Ben had to leave early, so one of the expert skaters helping run the camp was kind enough to skate the show with Ana.
A nice trip to Columbus for the Rhythmic Spring Fling. It's easily the biggest rhythmic competition in the season so far, lots of competitors from all over the world. It was at the Columbus Convention Center again this year.
De competed Friday morning, and had a very nice floor routine (4th out of 12):
We enjoyed our usual Columbus meals at Culvers, and had an uneventful drive - overall a very nice trip!
Today was Shamrock Skate, our local ISI competition. We spent the day there, with Jenya and Ana competing, and all of us volunteering. Jenya and Ana both premiered their new freeskate programs, and Jenya also skated her minecraft program - the one she choreographed herself.
Ana competed her axel for the first time, and had two clean axels! Very cool. And she won her group - 1st out of 3.
Schenley show time again, and this year we had decent weather for a change. The girls' Theater on Ice group did their performance, and Jenya and Ana also both did solos.
Jenya premiered her new minecraft program, which she created and choreographed herself. It was quite funny - all the adults seemed confused as to what she was supposed to be, but all the kids were saying "wow - minecraft!!". She did a great job - it looks really impressive.
Ana skated her new free skate program for the first time. She downgraded a few elements because it was a show program, but I thought it looked really nice.
Ana took her Pre-Preliminary Freeskate test today, because she finally, after about a year of working on it, got her axel to a competitive level. This is a very big achievement (the axel), so it's funny that she marks that achievement by taking a test that consists solely of skills she could do in her sleep two years ago.
Anyway, here is her test, which of course she passed:
Jenya's FLL robotics team, BrickBusters, won the FLL Robotics Regional Major at Sewickley Academy today! They took first place overall out of the 19 teams competing, plus they took 2nd in the robot challenge and got honorable mentions for programming and the research presentation.
This means that they advance to the Regional Championship which will be in January. Really cool!
Ana had her winter concert with the Children's Festival Chorus today. Lovely singinging in a really big, pretty cathedral. Unfortunately Lunn never zoomed out on the recording, so you can't really get a sense of how big the chorus is (about 60 kids), how big the audience was (huge!), or how big and nice the cathedral was. I'll have to remember to ask him to do a beginning or ending zoom-out next time.