The 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships will take place this weekend in Hershey, Penn., hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Figure Skating Club.
The championship will determine which IJS teams will advance to the national synchronized skating competition March 1-3 in Worcester, Mass. The midwestern and pacific synchronized skating championship will be held this weekend as well. (See Get It Called’s midwestern and pacific sectional preview).
The pre-juvenile and open-juvenile divisions will be the largest divisions at the competition with 29 and 26 teams respectively. Nine teams will compete in the juvenile division. The Synchroettes, Skyliners and Mini Mates will battle it out for the gold medal. Other top contenders include Capitol Steps and Team Delaware.
The senior and junior divisions each have three teams competing. All teams will advance to nationals. The Skyliners will not be competing at the competition. They have earned a bye to nationals and will be competing in Rouen, France next week. Team Braemar, who received second at the selection competition, will join the Skyliners in Goteberg, Sweden for the Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships March 15-17. The Lexettes, who earned third at the selection competition, will compete against Precisely Right and the Synchroettes at Easterns.
All of the collegiate teams will advance to nationals as well. The University of Delaware will look to earn the top spot this year as in years past. The team recently placed second at the Mid-America Synchronized Championships behind Miami University with a score of 79.02. The University of New Hampshire and Team Excel will look to earn medals.
Team Reflections, Star Mates, and Team Delaware will be top competitors in this year’s intermediate division. The teams placed in the top three at The Colonial Classic earlier this month.
Seven teams will compete in the novice division this year. Expected top contenders include Ice Mates, Team Delaware, Synchroettes, and Skyliners. The Colonials will also look to earn a medal and a chance to compete at nationals.
All four teams in the adult division will advance to nationals, but Esprit de Corps will look to clinch the gold medal. The team earned first at the 2011 Eastern and National Championships.