The Robert Crown Jewels, a team of girls from Evanston and surrounding communities, recently competed in the International Skating Institute’s Synchronized Championships at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Jewels placed fourth out of 20 teams from across the country at the senior youth level.
The team is coached by Kristen Kobayashi and is composed of students from Evanston Township High School, Haven Middle School, St. Athanasius, North Shore Country Day School and home-schooled students and middle school students from Skokie and Glenview.
This year the more competitive senior youth team was added, requiring increased commitment and frequency of practices. Their efforts paid off. In the first round, they placed second out of eight teams in their bracket, qualifying them for the premiere round where they finished fourth out of 20 teams. The winning team was St. Louis Synergy from Webster Groves, MO.
The youth skating team, coached by Christine Hathaway, also competed at the ISI Championship, finishing sixth of eight. This team is made up of skaters Imani Bournes, Rachel Brustein, Mariah Garcia, Emma Grenzebach, Schuyler Harris, Nicole Maguire, Alexandra Pollack, Danielle Rivera, Alexis Schlau and Maddie Sweeney.
The Jewels also have a team in the Junior Youth Formation coached by Kristen Tanakatsubo, consisting of Sydney Baer, Camille Diehkans, Madeline Falk, Brook Green, Bailey Green, Mackenzie Mancini, Lily Nevo, Madeline Patke, Isabella Reed, Catherine Reynolds, Alex Roman, Melissa Sanford, Hannah Starbuck and Katherine Stein. They finished third out of four teams.
The Jewels were formed eight years ago and compete in local and regional competitions in addition to the ISI Championships. Based out of Robert Crown Ice Rink, the teams are open to all for tryouts.
The Robert Crown Jewels Emerald Team took fourth place in the senior youth skating premiere earlier this year.