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Pawtucket-based Ocean State Theatre skating team captures national title

July 13, 2014

The Ocean State Ice Theatre team, based out of Pawtucket, recently placed first in both the short and long programs the U.S.Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice Championships in Dearborn, Michigan. The team is comprised of 20 skaters of all different ages and abilities from Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

PAWTUCKET — Sarah Mirza-DiNardo still has plenty of acting blood in her.

Case in point: The happenings at the U.S. Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice Competition in Dearborn, Mich. the afternoon of Friday, June 27.

“It was about 3-3:15, and I was dying to know how we did,” explained Mirza-DiNardo, the founder and head coach of the Ocean State Ice Theatre team based at Pawtucket's Lynch Arena. “I walked over to the results, which were posted on the wall. I was with my team co-captains, Victoria Souza (17, of Pawtucket) and Olivia Hobson (18, of North Attleboro), and my two volunteer assistants (Kristen Souza and Kendall Farrell).

“When we saw the standings, we couldn't believe it; we flipped!” she added with a laugh. “We won, so we started screaming and hugging each other. It was a shock, but it wasn't, because we've worked really hard this year. We only skate once a week at Lynch, but we started training in September. We also did some off-ice training, but the kids would skate on their own during the week to keep up with their conditioning.”
Here's where the acting bit enters the picture: At the time Mirza-DiNardo and her leadership contingent learned how the judges voted, the rest of her squad of 20 sat watching other teams from varying divisions compete.

“We decided to pretend we didn't know,” the mentor chuckled again. “We walked back and told the girls we needed to go outside to the team bus. While we got there, some of them were asking, 'How'd we do?! How'd we do?!'

“When we finally told them, the kids started yelling; some yelled and starting hugging, and others just started crying,” she continued. “There were lots of tears.”

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