Club News

News and information for the 2018-19 season

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


Rye FSC Annual Awards

and Member Recognition Party

The Rye FSC Annual Awards and Recognition Party celebrated our home club members who passed tests from May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018! On the evening of Friday, June 8, 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. More than 75 members with family joined in the festivities. Rye FSC is proud to have not only 9 new gold medalists this year but 19 Pre-Preliminary MIF tests passed...and everything in between! Congratuations to all our deserving members.


If you were unable to attend the party but passed a test this season, please email Member Recognition Chair Marianne O'Brien to arrange to receive your pin:

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.

"How Skating Can Help Your

College Application"

A big thank you to Tira Harpaz of CollegeBound Advice for leading our informational 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

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 National Skating Month

Free Ice Skating Exhibition


Rye FSC hosted a free Ice Skating Exhibition at Westchester Skating Academy celebrating 2018 National Skating Month on Saturday, January 27, 1:30-2pm. Rye FSC home club members of all skating disciplines were  featured, including Madeline Besgen (Preliminary Freestyle), Jessica Hamburg (Intermediate Freestyle), Sam Hodman (Novice Solo Dance), Amanda Park (Junior Freestyle) and Chloe Song (Beginner Freestyle) alongside Skyliners Beginner and Team Image Juvenile Synchronized Skating Teams. Thank you to all our performers, volunteers and a special shout out to Great Skate, Skaters Landing, Team Landing and WSA for generously donating to our raffle basket! Our raffle winner - Linda Lovett - won a skater's basket worth over $425!

"Skating Into College"

Panel Discussion

A big thank you to Rye FSC college members Kelsey Bialo, Lucy Briody, Nikki Metzger and Julia Sipos for leading an engaging and highly-informative discussion on balancing academics, social life and skating on campus at the Rye FSC free seminar, "Skating Into College," on Thursday, January 11th at WSA.  The panel explained the different forms of campus skating including Intercollegiate, Collegiate and Synchronized skating, along with coaching.  If you missed the seminar and would like more info, please email

NEW Rye FSC Eyce X-Jacket!

Check out our all new 4-way stretch jacket!


  • Smooth on the outside and brushed on the inside
  • Warm, comfortable and snugly form fitting
  • A drop tail back and fold-back cuff mittens with thumbholes


Cost per jacket is $136 + $13 shipping


For more information on the jackets, go to


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


Rye FSC Regionals Send-Off Party!

Congratulations to all our Rye FSC Home Club members who competed in the 2018 North Atlantic Regional Championships, October 4-8, 2017 at Ice House in Hackensack, NJ.  From left to right, Kaitlin O'Brien, Caitriona Curry, Jessica Hamburg, Sarah DeCillis, Erika Allen and Amanda Park. Our send-off party on Sunday, September 24th at Hommocks Park Ice Rink featured performances by each skater, free ice time for members to skate with the competitors afterwards, plus refreshments and dessert!  We are so proud of you!!! And a big thanks to all our volunteers!

2017 National Solo Dance Results

Congratulations to all our Rye FSC Home Club members who competed at the 2017 National Solo Dance Finals in Colorado Springs, CO! From left to right, Kayla Pereira and Katie Bishop were the Bronze medalists in Intermediate Shadow Dance! Lauren King and Caitlin Chan placed 4th in Novice Shadow Dance! Caitlin is also the National Gold Champion for Novice Combined! Sam Hodman was the Bronze medalist in the Pattern Dance of the Intermediate Combined event! Great job! We are so proud of all of you!!!

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: 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

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

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