The 28th annual Colonial Classic competition is set to take place this weekend at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. As in past years, the Colonial Figure Skating club will host the 2012 World Junior Team Selection Competition in tandem with the classic.
Nine junior division teams will compete in the competition, but only the top two will earn spots on the world team. The junior world challenge cup will take place in Göteborg, Sweden March 15-17. Team Breamar and the Skyliners have qualified for worlds the past two years. Last year, the Skyliners earned a score of 176.94 and Team Braemar earned 157.42 points at the qualifier. The Lexettes missed earning a spot on the world team in 2011, placing third at the selection competition with a score of 143.99. They will look to clinch a top spot this year and earn the chance to compete in Sweden.
Fourteen teams will compete at the classic this year in the intermediate division. Team Delaware, who placed second in their group at the Dr. Porter competition, the Skyliners, and Team Reflections will all battle it out for the top spot.
The Skyliners fielded their first senior team this year. They placed fourth at the Dr. Porter competition in December behind Les Supremes, Miami University and The Crystallettes. They will compete against Team Image and the Haydenettes at the classic. The Haydenettes returned from Canada last week where they competed at the London Synchrofest International and earned first place in the short program and second place overall.
Eight teams are set to compete in the novice division. Five of the eight teams competed in Cape Cod just a few weeks ago, and were led by the Ice Mates (74.45), Skyliners (61.93) and the Synchroettes (51.81). Challenging the leaders will be Team Braemar, the 2011 national bronze medalists.
The adult division consists of only two teams this year, the reigning national champions, Esprit de Corps, and the Colonials, returning to the adult division after a year-long hiatus.
The Skyliners, Mini Mates and Synchroettes, who placed first, third and fifth respectively at the 2011 national championships, and first through third in the same order at the 2011 Cape Cod Classic are expected to dominate the juvenile division. Other medal contenders
include Team Delaware and Team Image.
The University of New Hampshire will be the only team to compete in the collegiate division.
Non-IJS divisions will also compete at the classic. The “open” and “pre” divisions have grown in recent years as more and more people have taken up the sport. The size of the pre-juvenile division this year is testament to the increasingly popularity of synchronized skating—it will be the largest division at the competition with a total of 23 teams.
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