Chicago Jazz (synchronized skating team)

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Chicago Jazz
Chicago Jazz Momentum.jpg
Chicago Jazz in 2007.
Team information
Country represented  United States
Home town Chicago, IL, United States
Level Junior
World standing 18 (As of 16 October 2014)[1]
ISU team best scores
Combined total 117.75
2014 Junior World Challenge Cup
Short program 40.20
2014 Junior World Challenge Cup
Free skate 77.55
2014 Junior World Challenge Cup

Chicago Jazz is a synchronized skating team from Chicago.

The Chicago Jazz began its program in 1987, as the Jazz Babies under the direction of Coach Lisa Darken. With a Team of 22 skaters, the Jazz Babies began their climb to perfection and in 1991 became the U.S. Figure Skating Bronze Champions in the Intermediate Division of the U.S. National Precision Championships held in Anchorage, Alaska. The Team kept growing and in 1994 earned entry for all four divisions (80 skaters) to the U.S. Figure Skating National Precision Team Championships in Providence, Rhode Island. Every year since then, the Chicago Jazz has been represented in the U.S. National Championships.

In 1996, the Jazz Babies merged their precision skating program with the Rolling Meadows Rockettes Precision Ice Skating Club. This new family of over 160 Skaters, representing 8 divisions, became known as the Chicago Jazz Precision Ice Skating Club. They utilize skating facilities in Rolling Meadows, Park Ridge, Buffalo Grove and other suburban communities.

Competing Lines[edit]

The Chicago Jazz fields multiple lines [2] at USFSA-sanctioned competitions.

  1. Junior
  2. Novice
  3. Intermediate
  4. Juvenile
  5. Preliminary
  6. Pre-Juvenile (formerly known as Shooting Stars)
  7. Beginner (formerly known as Mousettes)

Coaches[edit]

  1. Junior: Paula Bischoffer, Jaime Catalano, Lisa Darken
  2. Novice: Paula Bischoffer, Jaime Catalano, Lisa Darken
  3. Intermediate: Dorothy Divito, Kathryn Dussel, Leanne Walsh
  4. Juvenile: Tammy Cervone, Kristi Frank
  5. Preliminary: Jaime Catalano, Carol Gohde, Courtney Voss
  6. Pre-Juvenile: Tammy Cervone, Kathryn Dussel, Kristi Frank
  7. Beginner: Mary Lou Erickson, Carol Gohde

[3]

In 2006, Lisa Darken was awarded the PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the year award.[4]

Notable achievements[edit]

The team is the 2006-2007 junior world qualifier champion, the junior 2007-2008 season U.S. nationals champion, and received third place at the world challenge cup for juniors in the 2006-2007 season.[5][6][7] Chicago Jazz also received second place at the 2009 U.S. synchronized skating championships in Portland, Maine.[8] Chicago Jazz is also the juvenile level champion in the 2004-2005,2006-2007, 2007–2008, 2008-2009, 2011-2012 seasons.[8][9] At the 2010 Colonial Classic, held in conjunction with the junior world qualifier, the junior team placed third with a final score of 170.16 after placing third in both the short program with a score of 64.34 and in the free skate with a score of 105.82.[10]

Skater Achievements[edit]

The Chicago Jazz is proud of its off ice achievements as well. Not only does the club promote excellence on the ice, but off the ice. Over the years, the Chicago Jazz has been fortunate to have multiple skaters nominated to the USFSA Scholastic Honors Team. The Honors Team recognizes high school-age U.S. Figure Skating members who have distinguished themselves in figure skating, high school academics and community involvement.[11]

  • 2002 Kara Dollaske
  • 2002 Charity Witlock, runner up
  • 2010 Alexa Kommich
  • 2012 Jordan Barone
  • 2013 Jacquelyn Cruz

International Competitions[edit]

The Chicago Jazz SST Junior line continues to compete as a member of Team USA at various international competitions.[12]

Year Competition City Placement
2014 Junior World Challenge Cup Neuchatel, Switzerland 10th Place
2014 French Cup Rouen, France 11th Place
2013 Spring Cup Milan, Italy 8th Place
2012 Neuchatel Trophy Neuchatel, Switzerland Gold Medalist
2011 Berlin Cup Berlin, Germany Pewter Medalist
2010 French Cup Rouen, France 5th Place
2009 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Neuchatel, Switzerland 6th Place
2009 French Cup Rouen, France Bronze Medalist
2008 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Rouen, France Pewter Medalist
2008 Spring Cup Milan, Italy Gold Medalist
2007 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Nottingham, England Bronze Medalist
2007 Czech Open Pardubice, Czech Republic Bronze Medalist
2006 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Helsinki, Finland Bronze Medalist
2006 Czech Open Pardubice, Czech Republic Gold Medalist
2005 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Neuchatel, Switzerland 8th Place
2005 Gold Medallion Sarina, Canada Silver Medalist
2005 French Cup Rouen, France 5th Place
2004 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Milan, Italy 9th Place
2004 Spring Cup Milan, Italy Silver Medalist
2004 Winterfest Mississauga, Canada Bronze/Pewter Medalist
2003 World Challenge Cup for Juniors Kungsbacka, Sweden 6th Place
2003 French Cup Rouen, France Gold Medalist
2002 World Challenge Cup for Juniors
2002 Finlandia Cup Helsinki, Finland 7th Place
2002 North American International Fraser, Michigan, USA 5th Place
2001 North American International
2000 Neuchatel Trophy Neuchatel, Switzerland
1999 Snowflake International

In addition, the Chicago Jazz SST has sent a novice line to international competitions as a member of Team USA from the years 1999-2007.[13]

Year Competition City Placement
2007 Leon Lurge Trophy Gothenburg, Sweden 8th Place
2006 Czech Open Pardubice, Czech Republic Gold Medalist
2005 Gold Medallion Sarina, Canada Gold Medalist
2005 French Cup Rouen, France Silver Medalist
2004 Spring Cup Milan, Italy Gold Medalist
2004 Winterfest Mississauga, Canada Gold Medalist
2002 French Cup Rouen, France Gold Medalist
1999 French Cup Rouen, France Gold Medalist

USFSA National Competitions[edit]

The Chicago Jazz SST has a rich history competing at the National and Midwestern sectional level across all of its lines since 1999.[14]

USFSA Competition Junior Novice Intermediate Juvenile Preliminary
2014 National Championships Pewter Medalist 7th Place Silver Medalist
2014 Midwestern Championships Silver Medalist 7th Place Gold Medalist 4th Place
2013 National Championships Pewter Medalist Silver Medalist Pewter Medalist
2013 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist Gold Medalist 7th Place Gold Medalist Pewter Medalist
2012 National Championships Pewter Medalist Gold Medalist
2012 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist 6th Place 7th Place Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2011 National Championships Pewter Medalist 5th Place Pewter Medalist Silver Medalist
2011 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2010 National Championships Pewter Medalist Bronze Medalist
2010 Midwestern Sectional Championship 6th Place 9th Place Silver Medalist Gold Medalist
2009 National Championships Silver Medalist 6th Place 9th Place Gold Medalist
2009 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2008 National Championships Gold Medalist Bronze Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist
2008 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist Gold Medalist
2007 National Championships Pewter Medalist Bronze Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist
2007 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist Gold Medalist
2006 National Championships Gold Medalist Gold Medalist Gold Medalist Pewter Medalist
2006 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Pewter Medalist Bronze Medalist
2005 National Championships Silver Medalist Gold Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist
2005 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist
2004 National Championships Silver Medalist Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist
2004 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2003 National Championships Gold Medalist Bronze Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist
2003 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist Gold Medalist
2002 National Championships Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2002 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist Pewter Medalist Silver Medalist
2001 National Championships Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Gold Medalist Bronze Medalist
2001 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2000 National Championships 5th Place Bronze Medalist Gold Medalist Silver Medalist
2000 Midwestern Sectional Championship Gold Medalist Gold Medalist Gold Medalist Bronze Medalist
1999 National Championships Bronze Medalist Pewter Medalist Pewter Medalist
1999 Midwestern Sectional Championship Silver Medalist Silver Medalist Bronze Medalist Silver Medalist
1998 National Championships Pewter Medalist Gold Medalist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISU World Standings for Synchronized Skating". International Skating Union. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  2. ^ Chicago Jazz Website <http://www.chicagojazz.org/pages/staff/coaches.php>
  3. ^ Chicago Jazz Website <http://www.chicagojazz.org/pages/staff/coaches.php>
  4. ^ PSA awards <http://www.skatepsa.com/PSA-EDI-AWARDS.htm>
  5. ^ Hodge, Kelly. "Jazz Plays on." Skating Feb. 2007: 29.
  6. ^ Feltes, Emily. "Back on Top." Skating Apr. 2007: 24-31.
  7. ^ Hodge, Kelly. "Time to Fly." Skating Jan. 2009: 34-35.
  8. ^ a b "2009 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships." Icenetwork.com. 7 Mar. 2009. Ice Network. 11 Mar. 2009 <http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/50228/results.html>.
  9. ^ Brown, Mickey, Rebecca Staed, and Troy Schwindt. "In Control." Skating Apr. 2008: 22-29.
  10. ^ "World Junior Team Selection Competition." Icenetwork.com. Ice network, 9 Jan. 2010. Web. 16 Jan. 2010. <http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2010/67958/results.html>.
  11. ^ USFSA Scholastic Honors Team <http://www.usfigureskating.org/Athletes.asp?id=341>
  12. ^ Chicago Jazz Website <http://www.chicagojazz.org/pages/about/achievements.html>
  13. ^ Chicago Jazz Website <http://www.chicagojazz.org/pages/about/achievements.html>
  14. ^ Chicago Jazz Website <http://www.chicagojazz.org/pages/about/achievements.html>

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