Syracuse Speed Skating Club

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The Syracuse Speed Skating Club has had the opportunity to interact with many national level speed skaters. In most cases these champions started their speed skating "career" with the club. The club has also had the luxury of having many of these champions return to the club and help in coaching current skates. Following are some of those champions:

bulletJenn Barber
bulletGretchen Byrne Burns
bulletEleanor Poore
bulletKathy Same
bulletKate Stewart
bulletCherise Wilkins


Jenn Barber
Jenn began her short track speed skating career in 1997-98 with the Syracuse Speed Skating Club. In 2004-2005, she began coaching the Center State speed skating club in nearby Morrisville. At the 2009 Nationals, Jenn won the 500, 1000, 1500 and 1500 super final, and an overall National Championship.
Gretchen Byrne Burns
Gretchen (whose father Jack was one of the SSSC club founders) and has numerous credits:
bulletWon the 5-and-under speedskating championship in Ohio
bulletSet national record in Midget girls 440 (44.3 seconds)
bulletSet the Junior Girls 880 record at Lake Placid
bulletU.S. National speedskating champion in the senior women division (18 and over)
bulletPresident of the Northern New York Speedskating Association (1994 and 2001)
bulletSelected as U.S. Speedskating Development Coach of the Year (2002)
Eleanor Poore
Eleanor went to Nationals and Junior Trials 5 times, the Empire State Games 3 times, Long Track Nationals once, and many American Cup and North American competitions. In 2007 she set a record at Nationals and won gold in the 500. In 2008 Eleanor achieved Category 1 status, and was awarded an ASU scholarship.
Kathy Same
Photo here Kathy won a North American Short Track Championship title in the Masters age group in 1993. She is also one of the people who helped start the Center State Speed Skating club in Morrisville, NY.
Kate Stewart
Kate won a National Short Track Championship title at the Nationals in 2000.
Cherise Wilkins
Cherise won both National and North American Short Track Championships in 1995.