Trinity Synchronized Skater Performs on World Stage with Team USA

Years of Training for Abigail DiTosto ’19 Pay Off

Hartford, Conn., May 16, 2016 - Abigail DiTosto ’19 has been skating since she was three years old, and many hours, days, and years of practices and long rides later, DiTosto reached the world stage with Team USA at the Synchronized Skating World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia this spring. Her team finished in 7th place of the 24 top qualifying teams around the globe. 

 
Abigail DiTosto '19
 
“It was an incredible experience,” she said. “It’s been my lifelong goal to get to World’s, and to finally make it, and to do as well as we did, was – just incredible.”
 
Despite how effortless the skaters make it look, getting to the World Championships is no easy feat. On top of a rigorous academic schedule, DiTosto pours in an average of 23 hours of practice time a week, including time at Trinity’s Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Her team finished first in the nation to qualify for the World Championships, and was one of two from the United States to qualify, out of fourteen teams.
 
A product of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, DiTosto zeroed in on colleges in proximity of Middleborough, Mass., a 1.5 hour drive from Hartford, where her team meets four times a week for extensive skating, fitness, and ballet classes. Trinity’s location, size, and state-of-the-art skating rink were a draw for the New Jersey native, but it was the academic opportunities that most inspired her to settle in Hartford.
 
“My mom always told me that she thought that Trinity was the perfect fit for me, and I know it is too.”
 
Regularly working on her skating technique and rigorous fitness demands, early mornings are no stranger to DiTosto, as she routinely wakes up before the sun rises to start her day. Now that she’s reached her goal of competing in the World Championships, she says she is excited for the next challenge. She plans to join a team at Trinity - either rowing or track - and to continue to focus on her studies, and spend more time with friends.
 
“The class sizes are small and intimate, the professors here are so dedicated, and I’ve met so many great, mature friends here,” she said. 
 
DiTosto is planning to double major in economics and English, with a concentration in creative writing. The busy first-year student is also interning as a writer for a lifestyle website.
 
“I’ve always enjoyed writing, and my professors here – particularly Professor [Barbara] Benedict (Charles A. Dana Professor of English), have all really encouraged me to pursue my writing.”
 
Two of DiTosto’s closest friends at Trinity are also former synchronized skaters. As for whether we will one day see a synchronized skating performance by Trinity’s skaters at the Koeppel Center? “We’ll see!” the optimistic DiTosto exclaimed. 
 
For more on the United States Synchronized Skating team, visit www.usfsa.org.

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