Synchronized skating team waiting for university support
The synchronized skating team is looking to become another club sport on the CU club funding list.
On a list that ranges from running around just for kicks to a championship caliber ultimate Frisbee team, synchronized skating is now looking to be added to the budget.
As of now, synchronized skating has not received funding from the university, said Jenny Spencer, president of the team.
One of the newer club sports in Boulder requires not only the elegance and speed of figure skating, but also a Rockettes-like unison from the 12 to 20 skaters.
“Well, it’s pretty much like synchronized swimming,” Spencer said. “But the water is frozen.
On Jan. 25, the CU synchronized skating club performed at an intermission for the club hockey team.
However, unlike the club hockey team, the synchronized skating club has received no funding from the university.
None of the skates, black pants, trips to Tennessee, or any necessary bill rung up by the club team has been picked up by the university, Spencer said.
“Right now, everything is paid for by our dues and fundraisers,” Spencer said. “Our competition fees, everything.”
The university will be stepping in to contribute in due time, though, said Anthony Lee Bowe, CU club sports media director.
“Every club started here has to go through a probationary stage,” Bowe said. “Then after that the university will help fund the club.”
As of right now, the synchronized skating club team is a five-tier club team, which means they are not eligible to be funded by the university yet, Spencer said.
After the probationary stage the synchronized skaters move from a five-tier club to a three-tier, which means the university will fund the team, Bowe said. Bowe added that all new clubs have to go through this probationary stage.
While the team may have to financially support themselves, they are not the only supporters of the team – students have taken an interest too.
“It’s pretty cool actually,” Michael Masek, a freshman accounting major, said after viewing the performance on Friday. “Those girls got hella talent, give them some funding.”
CU has not yet guaranteed funding to the skating team.
The team will be competing against CSU at the halftime of a Rocky Mountain Rage game on Feb. 24 at the Broomfield Event Center.
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