After a successful start to the synchro season at the Thanksgiving Classic and Anaheim ICE last weekend, teams across the Midwest and Canada gear up for their debuts at the Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic in Kalamazoo, Mich. this weekend.
The largest division, with 15 teams registered to compete, is open juvenile. Last year’s midwestern champions, the Dazzlers, as well as the midwestern pewter medalists, Cleveland Edges will both be in attendance.
Competition in the intermediate division doubled since last year’s Kick-Off Classic—up to 13 teams from six last year. The reigning national champions, the Fond du Lac Blades, will be challenged by the 2011 national bronze medalists, St. Louis Synergy and the 2011 midwestern bronze medalists, Chicago Jazz.
In the novice division, the 2011 national silver medalists, the Crystallettes will face competition from six other teams, including the top four teams from last year’s sectional championships (Chicago Jazz, the Hockettes and the Starlights).
Teams in both the junior and senior divisions will compete only their short programs this weekend. Competing in the junior division are Chicago Jazz, the Hockettes and Synergy. Chicago Jazz won the pewter medal at the 2011 national championships while the Hockettes placed 10th. Synergy, representing the Leaside Skating Club, will travel from Canada to compete this weekend.
Competing senior short are the Crystallettes, last year’s national bronze medalists, along with the Starlights and Western Michigan University who placed sixth and seventh respectively at nationals.
Western Michigan University also has a collegiate team set to compete against IllinoiSkating. They are the only two teams competing in this division. Other levels this weekend include beginner, pre-juvenile, preliminary, juvenile, open adult, adult and masters.
Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday with the pre-juvenile division and concludes Saturday night by 8:00 p.m. with open adult. A full block schedule can be found here.
Monitoring sessions will be held concurrently with the competition.
Are you attending the event? Text updates to 508-813-3474.