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Hayden Synchro Kicks Off Season Sunday [VIDEO]

A free skating exhibition and food drive at the Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams opening night, Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Hayden Recreation Center's John P. Chase Skating Facility.

Lexington residents will have a chance to act local and think global Sunday night as the their 2011-2012 season at the .

Starting at 6 p.m., the free exhibition will feature Hayden’s teams, including the 2011 world bronze medalists and reigning national champion Haydenettes, showcasing their new programs and skating to music from pop artists and hit musicals.

In addition to the skating, the Mini Mates juvenile synchro team is managing a food drive for the Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry, which serves more than 60 families from Lexington, Lincoln and Winchester.

If helping others isn’t the highlight of the evening, then that might be the Haydenettes, the 19-time national champions who many involved with the HSST program believe have what it takes this year to be the best in the world.

“To be on this tem, you have to be very good,” said Bill Fauver, executive director of the Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams. “They’re very strong skaters, number one. Number two, they all have that competitive edge to do what it takes to get it done.”

Number three was the musical choices and choreography of Saga Krantz, head coach and choreographer for the Haydenettes.

“This year’s team is very strong,” said Krantz during practice earlier this week. “There is a lot of talent and in my opinion they are very fearless. … It is definitely a team that has a great future ahead of them and they are very much working to become the best team in the world, and not just the best team in the country.”

The Haydenettes are made up of about 20 mostly college-aged young women. Some of them are local, while others are from as far as Colorado and Minnesota and are attending college in Boston or Connecticut.

Many of the skaters at lower and younger levels of the HSST are from Lexington and nearby communities, and some of them stick around and climb the ranks. 

Kendra Flanagan started skating at Hayden in 1992, when she was 4-years old. She joined HSST in 1997, became a Haydenette and is now head coach for the Mini Mates team made up of 9 to 12-year-olds.

Of the food drive, Flanagan said it’s a way to for the girls to give back to the community that has supported HSST by attending shows and getting behind its fundraising efforts.

“The girls have been going around putting fliers up and collecting food, telling their friends at school to come to the kickoff event and donate food items so they can collect as much as they can and give back to the community,” said Flanagan. “It’s a good lesson to teach our skaters that there are people in our community – not just other communities – who need help.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Kick-Off Exhibition from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suggested donations include peanut butter and jelly, boxed milk, pasta and rice, breakfast cereal, dried beans, juice boxes and canned meats, meals, fruits, soups and veggies.

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