Club News News and information for the 2018-19 season

2019 Rye FSC Annual Awards

and Member Recognition Party

Westchester Skating Academy

We had a record number of skaters and family members attend the  2019 Rye FSC Annual Awards and Recognition Party, which celebrated home club members who passed tests from May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019! The Rye FSC Board of Directors presented gifts of USFSA pins for every test passed! Members also received test certificates, letters of recognition, and community service awards for volunteer work.


If you could not attend the festivities, but passed a skating test this season, please contact Marianne O'Brien in order to arrange to pick up your special gift!  Email

"How Skating Can Help Your College Application"

Westchester Skating Academy

Thank you to Tira Harpaz of CollegeBound Advice for leading our free seminar, "How Skating Can Help Your College Application." This Rye FSC Home Club Members exclusive event featured great advice from Harpaz on how to make the most of your skating experience and what steps to take to enhance your college application. To find out more about CollegeBound Advice, you can email Tira Harpaz at or visit her website at

Rye FSC Competition Simulation

with Judges' Critique

Rye FSC Home Club and Associate Members were invited to perform their competition programs on private ice in a setting similar to a competition. Technical Specialist & Technical Controller Dana Hordyszynski and Gold Level Judge Jill Mueller were critiquing. The simulation was capped at 12 programs.

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To try on sample jackets at the rink, contact Marianne O'Brien at

Rye FSC 2019 National Skating Month

Free Skating Exhibition, Jan 19, 2019 at WSA


Rye FSC hosted our 2019 National Skating Month Exhibition on Saturday, January 19th in partnership with Westchester Skating Academy. This half-hour event was an opportunity to showcase the many different disciplines of skating in which Rye FSC home club members specialize. Performers included Sarah DeCillis (Intermediate Freestyle), Jenna Feldman (Novice Excel Freestyle), Sam Hodman (Novice Solo Dance), Emma Lovett (Preliminary Freestyle), Kayla Molina (PreJuvenile Showcase), Skyliners Beginner Synchronized Skating Team and Team Image Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success. And congratulations to the winner of our NSM Raffle Basket - Tiffany Goldey!

Rye FSC was excited to once again host the free seminar, "Skating Into College," on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at Westchester Skating Academy. Rye FSC Collegiate Members Kelsey Bialo, Lucy Briody and Stephanie Achoa led an engaging and highly-informative discussion on balancing academics, social life and skating on campus. The panel explained the different forms of campus skating including Intercollegiate, Collegiate and Synchronized skating, along with coaching.

Rye FSC Regionals Send-Off Party!

Rye FSC is proud to have six home club members who competed in the 2019 North Atlantic Regional Championships, October 17-21, 2018 in Lake Placid, NY: Caitriona Curry (Intermediate), Paula Dantzig (Juvenile), Sarah DeCillis (Juvenile), Keira Lash (Juvenile), Alexandra McGuire (Juvenile), and Kaitlin O'Brien (Intermediate). Our send-off party on Sunday, October 14th at Playland Ice Casino featured performances by each skater, free ice time for members to skate with the competitors afterwards, plus refreshments and dessert! Big congrats to our competitors!!

Rye FSC Collegiate Liaisons



Rye FSC is pleased to announce our new Collegiate Liaisons, Kelsey Bialo and Lucy Briody. Kelsey (Columbia University) and Lucy (Colgate University) are long-time Rye FSC members and are now available as a resource for all Rye FSC Home Club members who are entering or in college and graduate school.  If you are a parent or a skater in high school with collegiate skating questions, you can contact our liaisons through Rye FSC Collegiate Programs Co-Chairs at or


Strong Mind/Strong Skate Clinic

Presented by nationally renowned Sports Psychologist Dr. Caroline Silby and Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion skater, Paul Wylie, STRONG MIND/STRONG SKATE was a four-hour on and off ice clinic offered by Rye FSC on Saturday, April 28 at WSA. The off-ice portion of the clinic led by Dr. Silby was a comprehensive workshop providing skaters with the opportunity to develop mental agility to support and enhance their physical capabilities. On-ice, Paul Wylie worked with skaters to improve their body positions, transitions and deep edges, as well as musical interpretation, presentation and performance training. Thirty-eight skaters participated.

Congratulations to our Rye FSC

Graduating Senior Awards Recipients

Congratulations to our Rye FSC graduating seniors who were honored with the USFS Graduating Seniors Award! Caitlyn Chapey (Platinum Level), Ariel Goldman (Platinum Level), Kristen Lewis (Platinum Level) and Alysa Wells (Gold Level) received awards for the 2017-18 season, including a certificate, congratulatory letter from USFS and lapel pin. The Graduating Seniors Program recognizes the achievements of those individuals graduating from high school who continue their training in figure skating while pursuing their academic studies. Skaters must apply for the award and different certificate levels are achieved based on program criteria. Click here for more information.

Rye FSC Member is a Dreamer

Congratulations to longtime Rye FSC member Kelsey Bialo on being chosen for U.S. Figure Skating’s U.S. DREAM program for Team USA synchronized skaters. The program supports skaters whose goal is to spread their passion and leadership skills to influence the lives of developing athletes around the nation. Kelsey is entering her 10th year skating with Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team, and has been a member of Team USA for three years! We are so proud of her and wish her all the best as a member of the DREAM program, at Barnard College and as a Skyliners Senior!!

Read more about Kelsey HERE.

First Shirley W. Bourquin

Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The first Shirley W. Bourquin Memorial Scholarships were awarded at the Rye FSC 80th Anniversary Celebration on Ice to two home club members: Karin Nagaya and Kayla Pereira. This biennial Scholarship was established to honor long-time Rye FSC president Bourquin's passion for encouraging the mastery of skating skills. The award recognizes Rye FSC home club members who demonstrate a similar passion for figure skating, and is to be used to defray skating-related or academic expenses. Karin is recognized for her determination to master several disciplines of skating, having passed her Senior Moves and Senior freestyle tests, as well as competing on a National level in Solo Dance. Kayla is recognized for her enthusiasm for skating in both freestyle and synchronized skating, as well as her steadfast volunteerism with Rye Figure Skating Club. Colette Nygren, Bourquin's daughter, presented the awards to Karin and Kayla. Donations to the scholarship fund may be sent to the Rye FSC Founders Fund, attn: Susan Keogh, 7 Reef Club, Hilton Head, SC 29926-1223.

Gold Medalists: 2018-2019

Congratulations to the NEWEST Rye FSC Gold Medalists


Nicky Bernstein-Erlich - Gold Dance Test*

Alison DeLaet - Senior Moves in the Field

Jessica Hamburg - Senior Moves in the Field

Athena Hartigan - Senior Moves in the Field

Meredith Klepper - Senior Moves in the Field

Eshita Kumar - Senior Moves in the Field

Gracie Ossorio - Gold Dance Test *



Gold Medalists: 2017-2018


Kelsey Bialo* - Gold Dance Test

Sharon Bikvan - Senior Moves in the Field

Rachel Cortese - Senior Moves in the Field

CaitrĂ­ona Curry- Senior Moves in the Field

Sonya Danchak - Senior Moves in the Field

Katherine Elmlinger* - Gold Dance Test

Nikki Metzger* - Gold Dance Test

Amanda Park* - Senior Free Skate

Amanda Park* - Senior Moves in the Field

Kayla Pereira - Senior Moves in the Field

Erika Sipos - Senior Moves in the Field

Serena Wang - Senior Moves in the Field

Lily Young - Senior Moves in the Field


Gold Medalists: 2016-2017


Stephanie Achoa * - Gold Dance Test

Lisa Asriev - Senior Moves in the Field

Kathleen Bishop - Senior Moves in the Field

Caitlin Chan - Senior Moves in the Field

Judey DaRos - Senior Moves in the Field

Rhianna Gold - Senior Moves in the Field

Ariel Goldman - Senior Moves in the Field

Rosa Hahn -  Senior Moves in the Field

Johanna Jan * - Gold Dance Test

Johanna Jan - Senior Solo Free Dance

Yuka Nagaya - Senior Moves in the Field

Lauren Sallay - Senior Moves in the Field


Gold Medalists: 2015-2016


Nicole Bernstein - Senior Moves in the Field

Isabella Dinelli - Senior Moves in the Field

Stephanie Ge - Senior Moves in the Field

Sydney Grant - Senior Moves In The Field

Catherine Kapika - Senior Moves in the Field

Sophia Lamb - Senior Moves in the Field

Kristen Lewis - Senior Moves in the Field

Caroline Liu - Senior Moves in the Field

Ariana Sirabian * - Gold Dance Test

Chloe Tsoi - Senior Moves in the Field

Alysa Wells - Senior Moves in the Field

Christina Zengin-Karaian - Senior Moves in the Field


* Double Gold Medalists

**Triple Gold Medalists

An Ice Show at the Historic Ice Casino at Playland in Rye, NY