May 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio—On Tuesday, May 8, the Miami University collegiate synchronized skating team was honored by the state of Ohio with a Senate Resolution and a House Resolution congratulating the RedHawks on seizing their 14th overall and eighth consecutive national title in March at the U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships in Worcester, Mass.
Head Coach Lee Ann Shoker and Katie Bowling and skaters Lauren McHenry, Ashley Malin and Jennifer Fontanella appeared in front of the Ohio House of Representatives on Tuesday morning. The Ohio Senate was out of session on Tuesday.
DeGirolamo was given the opportunity to address the House of Representatives after the resolutions were read.
After appearing before the House of Representatives, the group was given a tour by state Senator Bill Coley’s wife, Carolyn, and then had lunch with Mrs. Coley and members of Senator Coley and state Representative Tim Derickson’s staffs. Senator Coley represents all of Butler County as the senator for the 4th Ohio Senate District. Representative Derickson represents the 53rd House District, which includes parts of Butler County.
Also, helping to facilitate the day and the recognition of the team was Randi Thomas, Miami University Director of Institutional Relations.
“This was a tremendous honor for our program and not something many people get to do,” said DeGirolamo. “They mentioned that we were only the second Miami University team to be brought in to receive Resolutions from the state. It was a wonderful opportunity for our staff and some of our student-athletes to go to the state capital to be a part of this, and we are truly thankful to all of those who made this possible.”
Miami’s collegiate team has won more consecutive national titles than any other team at any level of synchronized skating and tied figure skater Michelle Kwan’s record of eight consecutive national titles this season.