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Area Synchro Skaters Qualify for Junior Worlds

Several local girls help the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team win the World Junior Team Selection competition last weekend in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Now, they'll get to see how they stack up against international skaters.

New Canaan's Ashley Mulhern , Darien's Ashley and Lauren Snow, and Cos Cob's Mairead Brock and Brooke Abbott helped the Skyliners take first place at last weekend's competition. The Skyliners and runner-up Team Braemar will head to the Junior World Challenge in March in Switzerland.

The Skyliners, representing the Skating Club of New York, skated to "Don't Rain on My Parade" by Lea Michele in winning the short program with a total of 56.72. In the free skate, the Skyliners accumulated 120.22 points for its clean and lyrical program skating to music from "Phantom of the Opera." For a video of the Skyliners' short program, click here .

"We were caught in the moment," Skyliners captain Ashley Mulhern said. "We went out, had fun, expressed everything we had and had the time of our lives."

In synchronized skating, 16 girls skate in tight precision. Teams are judged on such details as skating skills, choreography and interpretation. Synchronized skating is one of the nation's fastest-growing segments of the sport and is governed by the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

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