OXFORD, Ohio—Senior Colleen Clancy was the inaugural recipient of Miami University Synchronized Skating’s Karin Sherr Trophy, which was presented at the team’s annual awards banquet on Saturday, May 3.
Clancy is a four-year member of the synchronized skating program, spending three years skating on the senior team. She served as team captain this season and was tabbed the senior team’s Rookie of the year as a junior and the junior team’s Most Improved Skater as a freshman. She is a triple gold medalist in moves in the field, ice dance and free style and also is an ISI Bronze Level Judge. In addition to being a member of RedHawk Council and Portuguese Club, Clancy served as a private and group lessons instructor at the Goggin Ice Center. She took part in numerous community service events during her time at Miami, most notably spearheading Miami Skating’s involvement in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure for which the team raised over $7,600 this year.
“Colleen is a remarkable young woman and truly epitomizes the spirit of this award,” said head coach Carla DeGirolamo. “She is self-motivated, genuine, and hard-working. In looking at her accomplishments both on and off the ice, she is truly committed to excellence in all areas of her life. Colleen is a well-rounded student-athlete who has a passion for athletics, academics, community service, self development and team. She is a great ambassador for our program and a very deserving recipient of the inaugural Karin Sherr Trophy.”
The Karin Sherr Trophy is awarded to a skater who embodies a true commitment to excellence both on and off the ice. This athlete demonstrates excellence in the core values of Miami Varsity Synchronized Skating in their daily lives – it is “who they are,” not just “what they do.” This student-athlete embraces the full collegiate experience and demonstrates continuous growth. She displays great discipline, commitment and passion in these five core pillars of education: Academics, Athletics, Community Service, Self Development, Team.
This award is open to all members of the synchronized skating program and is voted on by all members of synchronized skating program and supporting staff.
This award is named in honor of Miami Skating alumna, Karin Sherr ’00. Sherr graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish in 1999 and continued her studies to graduate with a master’s in family and child studies in 2000. She was a member of the senior team from 1996-2000, helping catapult Miami to its first U.S. National Championship at the senior level in 1999. She served as team captain in 2000, received the Thomas J. Fisher Outstanding Skater Award and was the first synchronized skating athlete to receive the Miami University Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Her education continued both on and off the ice after leaving Miami as she completed her Juris Doctor at Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2003. Sherr pursued judging within US Figure Skating and is now an international judge and national referee for synchronized skating, a national technical controller and technical specialist for synchronized skating, is a former chair of the Synchronized Skating Committee and continues to serve on various US Figure Skating committees. All of this is in addition to practicing law and now serving as General Counsel for Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
In 2013, Sherr had the distinct honor of becoming the first synchronized skating athlete to be elected into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame.