Following the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Sectional Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan comes the 2013 Eastern Sectional Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Competition begins on Thursday morning, January 31, at 11:55 a.m. with three qualifying rounds for open juvenile. Two rinks will be running simultaneously throughout the weekend in order to accommodate all official practices and competition skates.
Juvenile will kick-off the qualifying division competition on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Ten teams will battle it out for a chance to compete at Nationals. Favorites include the Skyliners, Mini Mates and the Synchroettes, who placed second through fourth respectively at last year’s National Championships.
Fourteen intermediate teams will skate from as far south as Florida, but only four will earn the chance to advance to Nationals. As the competition in this division intensifies each season, it’s impossible to tell who will qualify until every team has left the ice. Last year’s national team included the Star Mates, who went on to win their first national title, the Skyliners, Team Reflections and The Colonials.
This year five junior teams will compete at Easterns, including first-year member of Team USA, the Synchroettes. The Synchroettes just returned from Goteborg, Sweden where they won their first international medal at the Leon Lurje Trophy. Challenging the Synchroettes will be Team Delaware, the Florida Sunsations, the Capitol Steps and Precisely Right.
Team Excel will be the only team skating in the senior division this year as the Haydenettes and Skyliners both received byes to compete at the French Cup in Rouen, France this weekend and the Spring Cup in Italy next weekend.
All five teams in the adult division will qualify for Nationals because the Pacific Coast will only be sending Denver Synchronicity. DC Edge, the reigning National Champions, will face competition from Esprit de Corps and Team Delaware, the reigning national silver and bronze medalists.
The 18-time National Champion Ice Mates, will skate to stay ahead of 2012 national team members, the Skyliners and Team Delaware. The fourth member of the 2012 national team, the Capitol Steps, will not be competing in the novice division this year, leaving a spot open for a new team to grab.
Only six teams compete in the collegiate division this season, all of which will advance to Nationals. Favorites include last year’s national silver medalists, the University of Delaware, and Team Excel, who placed fifth at the 2012 National Championships, just one spot short of the podium.
The competition concludes on Saturday night at 7:55 with the junior and senior free skate.
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