A 16-year-old figure skater from South Setauket and his 12-year-old skating partner from Ronkonkoma have placed second in the intermediate pairs division at the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships, according to a report published in Newsday.
Griffin Schwab and his partner Darbie Burke made the jump to intermediate from the juvenile division in 2012, and scored a 59.69 thanks to sticking a few lifts in their routine. They told Newsday they hope to compete at the novice level later this year.
"It was definitely a thrill to have a good skate and just be the top of your country at your skill level. For the lifts, it's a little bit of conditioning and strength, and also, what a lot of people don't realize is that it's also a lot of work for the girl because she has to keep her body strong and stay balanced," Schwab said.
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