by Katie Fiore
This Saturday is the Boston Synchronized Skating Classic, which is the second east coast regional competition of the 2014-15 season. This competition is hosted by Team Excel and The Skating Club of Boston, and takes place at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. The competition fields levels from beginner 1 through masters, including teams from all across the east coast.
The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. with the beginner 1 division and concludes around 8:00 p.m. with the senior freeskate. The Boston Classic has grown vastly since last year, increasing from 50 teams to 75. There has been large growth in not only the introductory levels, but the IJS levels as well. For example, the intermediate division will be fielding 10 teams in contrast to the past three years when there were only two.
Intermediate will be a division to watch this weekend, as it will be the largest in the competition. The 10 teams include the Superettes, Icing on the Cape, Team Esprit, The Colonials, Precisely Right, the Synchroettes, Team Excel, Team Image and last year’s national competitors the Star Mates, and Team Ashburn. The Star Mates won last year’s Boston Classic with a total score of 44.14 followed by Team Excel with a total score of 40.78.
This year’s novice division consists of four teams, and has substantially grown from last year’s group that included only one team. The novice teams competing are Team Image, Team Ashburn, and last year’s national competitors the Synchroettes and the Ice Mates. Last year the Ice Mates were the only team in the division and captured the gold medal with a total score of 61.31.
The junior division will include two teams. Both the Lexettes and Synchroettes were national competitors last year, Lexettes won gold and Synchroettes placed fifth. The Lexettes attended the Boston Synchronized Skating Classic last year, and captured gold with a total score of 121.11. This will be the Synchroettes first time attending the Boston Synchronized Skating Classic.
The senior division includes the host club’s team, Team Excel, and the 22 time national champions, the Haydenettes. Last year the Haydenettes earned themselves the gold medal at the Boston Classic with a total score of 174.31, and Team Excel followed with a total score of 90.98.
The collegiate division this weekend will be small, but surely one worth watching. The collegiate division as a whole has grown rapidly over the past few years, and really encourages skaters of all levels to continue their love of synchronized skating all the way through college. Last year Team Excel collegiate earned a total score of 68.96 at the Boston Classic which earned them the gold medal against the University of New Hampshire, who will not be competing this weekend.
The Boston Classic is sure to be a great competition featuring many nationally ranked teams as well as a large range of levels; from beginner 1 to junior, senior, and even open masters. The unbelievable growth of the competition is going to make it such a fun and successful weekend, good luck to everyone competing!
For more general information in regards to the Boston Synchronized Skating Classic please visit: www.bostonsynchroclassic.com and follow Get It Called on twitter, instagram, and vine using the hashtag #BostonClassic14 for updates throughout the weekend.