In 2004, the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar decided to start a synchronized skating team. It began with eight girls skating mostly on their home rink.
The program has since grown into three teams of 16 girls, and they compete in Florida and around the nation.
The TBSA synchronized teams recently competed in the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Synchronized Skating Championships at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The youth formation team for skaters 8 to 13 years old won first in its division. The senior youth team was second in compulsory and third and fifth in long program. And the teen team was third in compulsory and first in long program.
"We will travel as far as we need to in order to show everyone that Tampa Bay Skating Academy has the best synchronized skating program in Florida," said Nicole Weinstein, skating director at TBSA.
The 20-member youth formation team: Anusha Bandyopadhyay, Jordan Carlson, Carly Fisher, Juliana Hodge, Chandler Lentovich, Mckenna Lentovich, Amanda Lewis, Sionna Macleish, Hannah Merceron, Rylie Moore, Tiffany Phouangphrachanh, Ashley Robertson, Katie Robinson, Alisha Sarley, Madison Serna, Virginia Sihapanya, Celeste Smith, Lauren Thompson, Emma Woodlock, and Ariel Wright-Fraser.
The senior youth team: Christine Allston, Carlson, Fisher, Hodge, Lewis, Kaitlyn Mascaro, Alina Merceron, Moore, Olivia Naab, Phouangphrachanh, Juliana Pineda, Robertson, Brittany Rossow, Alisha Sarley, Sihapanya, Thompson, Caroline Tuxhorn and Laura Verkyk.
The teen team: Allston, Sarah Bowman, Emily Hagland, Tori Kerr, Allyson Klovekorn, Julia Kravitz, Mascaro, Nina McDaniel, Naab, Pineda, Rossow, Jessica Riddle, Mariah Salas, Ali Stipe, Tuxhorn and Verkyk. By placing first, the teen team qualified for State Games of America, in summer 2011 in San Diego, and will be skating in a United States Figure Skating sanctioned competition this year.
"One of the highlights for many of the girls (in Ohio) was seeing snow for the first time and having a snowball fight in the parking lot of the hotel," Weinstein said. "Several girls had never traveled on a plane prior to this adventure."
Pinellas Park United won the Division II U14 girls A-C Cup on April 10-11 in Fort Myers.
The team: Kaylee Schneider, Alyssa Hoffman, Amanda Ellie, Shannon Conley, Anna Tobin, Emily Dewitt, Karley Klem, Alyssa Huertes, Sarah Folks, Nicole Pacheco, Amanda Emmert and Taylor Loughhead.
They are coached by Randall Conley.
The Mayor's golf tournament was held April 9 at Largo Golf Course.
There were 166 golfers in the tournament. The first-place team, which shot 15-under 47, included Kim Feaster, Connie McMullen, Ben Samel and John Hires.
• The SLAPS golf league had a season-ending tournament April 12 at Dunedin Country Club. The net champion was Rebecca Kile of Seminole, who shot 60. The gross champion was Pat Eastman of Clearwater, who shot 71. The A Flight winner was Elaine Crawford of Belleview Biltmore, who shot 64.
Ricky Symanski won the boys 18 singles championship at Harbor Hills Tennis Club at Lady Lake. Symanski, who plays for Clearwater Central Catholic, defeated Jason Schkodnik of Sarasota 3-6, 6-4, 13-11.
• The Clearwater Spring Break Classic was April 17-19. Terrell Celestine won the men's open singles title. The men's 30 singles champ was Hartmut Liebel, the 40 singles winner was John Miller, the 50 winner was Tomas Ollestad, and the 60 winner was Michael Reilly. The women's 40 singles winner was Linda Cantrell.
Apollo Gymnastics of Clearwater competed at the USAG regional meet April 16-18 in Tupelo, Miss. In Level 7, Lillian Zeman was first on bars and Jacklyn McGonigle third on bars. In Level 8, Brooklyn Fregeau was second on floor and Brandi Taylor third on bars.
• The Tampa Bay Turners of St. Petersburg competed April 17-18 in Clemson, S.C. In Level 9, Chloe Devries was the regional vault champion and qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Charleston, W.Va. In Level 10, Tiffany Henry was the regional all-around champion and qualified to the JO National Championships in Dallas. Others qualifying to nationals in Level 10 were Christina Pheil and Shelby Hilton, both finishing fourth in their age group. Naomi Devries was the Level 10 regional vault champion and qualified for the NIT in Dallas.
• LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of Largo competed at the Levels 9 and 10 Regional competition April 9-11 in Clemson. Level 10 individual winners were Amanda Condreay (bars) and Kaitlin Green (bars, beam). The Level 8 team competed in regionals April 16-18 in Tupelo. Individual winners were Gina Pergolizzi (vault, beam, all-around), Eva Rapp (floor), Rachel Whisennant (beam) and Carly Tidwell (floor).