REGION -- Alisha Blanchard, a junior at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend, returned home from Hershey, Pennsylvania in January after competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. Alisha and her team (Ice Mates) won gold medals in the Novice Division, secßuring them placement at the U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships in early March at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Day two of the competition started with the Ice Mates striking gold and defending their National Championship title for a third consecutive year in the Novice Division, with a record-breaking score. Their fun-filled, charasmatic program was a compilation of songs from the movie, Blues Brothers. They competed against 11 teams from all over the country, as close as Acton, Ma. and New York city, and as far away as Chicago, Minnesota, Michigan and California.

Alisha is a member of the Wallace Figure Skating Club and trains out of the Wallace Civic Center at Fitchburg State University on her individual skating skills. Her team is from the Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams out of Lexington, Ma. Alisha began skating with P.A.T. Youth Hockey more than 10 years ago before switching over to figure skating. She began her synchronized skating with the Wallace Synergy open juvenile team.

This national champion cheered on her fellow skaters at the Wallace Spring Synchro Classic, when the Wallace Synergy teams wrapped up this year's competitive season at their home club's competition.


After, the Wallace Figure Skating Club closed that event by attempting to set a world record with the most synchronizedkaters skating in formation at the same time.

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