By Erin Banco
Teams from across the nation will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend to compete in the first major competition of the season—the 17th Annual Dr. Richard Porter Classic.
The Intermediate division will kick-off the event Saturday morning. Because of the increasing number of teams registering in the division in recent years, organizers of the competition have been forced to split the division into two flights. Last year, Team Del Sol had the highest score between the two flights with a total of 59.88. The Fond Du Lac Blades won the other division with a total of 56.59. This year the two teams, longtime rivals, will compete in the same flight. Team Delaware and the Skyliners will also be competing for top spots as the two placed second in their respective flights last year.
The collegiate division, an ever-expanding and fiercely competitive group, will compete Sunday morning. There are nine teams competing in the division this year. Miami University, the winner of last year’s national title, will look to once again take the top spot. But The University of Delaware SST, having beat Miami at the competition in 2010, will want to repeat history this year and take home the gold. The University of Michigan and Team Excel, which placed 5th at nationals last year, will be looking to win medals.
Miami University will also look to hold on to last year’s win in the senior division. Last year, the team took first place with a score of 174.25, and Les Supremes from Canada took second with a score of 172.72. However, Les Supremes will not be attending the competition this year, and the Crystallettes, who qualified for the world competition last year along with the Haydenettes, will look to claim a top spot. The Skyliners debuted their senior team last year at the classic and placed fourth in the division. They will look to hold on to their podium status.
Unlike their senior team, Les Supremes junior team will travel to Ann Arbor to compete their short program in the junior division. They will compete with seven other teams, including the Skyliners, Chicago Jazz, and Synergy. Synergy, also from Canada, beat Chicago Jazz at the Kalamazoo Kick-off Classic this year and took first place in the short program. The team earned 43.81 points, while Chicago Jazz earned a total of 42.68.
Fourteen teams will compete in the open collegiate division this year. Like last year, Miami University, will look to take first place. Notre Dame, who placed second last year, Delaware, and The Ohio State, will all look to take home medals. The University of Wisconsin SST enters back into the division this year, and will also be vying for a top spot.
Chicago Jazz won the competition last year in the juvenile division. They will not be competing this year. Starlights, who took second in the 2011 competition, will look to take home the gold . Other top contenders in the division include the Fond Du Lac Blades and the Crystallettes.
The adult division, which continues to grow each year, will compete Saturday afternoon. DC Edge, who won the competition last year and who took home the gold at nationals, will look to hold on to their first place finish. They will compete against seven other teams, including Team Delaware, the Crystallettes, and Denver Synchronicity, who each took second, third, and fourth place respectively at last year’s competition.
For more information about the competition and to see last year’s results visit the competition website.
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