News and information for the 2018-19 season
Rye FSC Regionals Send-Off Party!
Sunday, October 14, 1:30-3pm
Playland Ice Casino
Rye FSC is proud to have six home club members competing 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 from 1:30-3pm will feature performances by each skater, free ice time for members to skate with the competitors afterwards, plus refreshments and dessert! Please join us for this fun celebration!! 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 NBergerPhD@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Marianneskate@gmail.com
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
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 CBAdviceNY@gmail.com 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"
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 RyeFSC@gmail.com
NEW Rye FSC Eyce X-Jacket!
Check out our all new 4-way stretch jacket!
Cost per jacket is $136 + $13 shipping
For more information on the jackets, go to Order.Jammin.com/RyeFSC
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
Caitríona 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
Athena Hartigan - Senior Moves in the Field
An Ice Show at the Historic Ice Casino at Playland in Rye, NY