By Kennedy McKay
This weekend 154 teams competed their programs at the 19th annual Dr. Porter Synchronized Classic. The competition was particularly tough this year, with a large number of teams competing in each division.
The competition began on Saturday morning with the open juvenile division, which was split into three groups. Allegro!, the winner of open juvenile A, skated to Annie. With a swing-themed program, the Dazzlers won their group, and Chicago Skates performed a Harry Potter program and earned a gold medal.
The winner of the first beginner 1 group was Chicago Radiance. All of the judges awarding the team first place. Starlights won their beginner 1 group. Another beginner 1 group title went to Chicago Skates, which also earned first place from all judges. Chicago Skates also won the second beginner 2 group. The Crystallettes won their beginner 2 group.
The Starlights maintained their champion title by winning the preliminary division. In second were the Crystallettes followed by the Ice Stars and Allegro!.
The Ice Diamonds won first place in the first intermediate group. Their Spanish-themed program earned 51.56, roughly six points ahead of the Crystallettes who placed second with 46.74. The Starlights claimed third place with 45.02 and Denver Synchronicity earned 39.92 and clinched the pewter medal. Continuing their golden streak, the Skyliners won first place in the second intermediate group, scoring 55.95 to a ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ program. Team Delaware earned 53.81 for a second place finish. Team Excel and the Dazzlers rounded out the top spots in with 49.45 and 46.63, respectively.
The same four teams from last season’s adult competition took the top places this year. DC EDGE earned the gold medal with 56.50, skating to a Miss America theme. The Crystallettes, last season’s champions, skated to second place and earned a score of 53.88. Denver Synchronicity and Team Delaware earned third and fourth place respectively.
The Skyliners snagged the novice title, winning the division with 56.82 and skated to ‘Aida’. The Crystallettes came in second place, earning a score of 55.47. Team Delaware, which earned 53.09, just barely claimed the bronze medal. Saint Louis Synergy, came in fourth place just below Team Delaware, earning a score of 53.02.
On Sunday, the Fond Du Lac Blades and the Starlights won the first and second pre-juvenile groups with a 5/1 majority. The Hockettes earned gold in the third pre-juvenile group.
The open collegiate title went to Miami University, who earned a majority of 5/1. Lindenwood University claimed second place, the University of Minnesota at Duluth earned third place, and Grand Valley State wrapped up the division in fourth place.
In the open adult division, Epic Edge came out on top and earned a 4/1 majority. Phoenix came in second, Buckeye Synchronized Skating took third, and the University of Illinois Fighting Alumni finished in fourth.
In the masters division, Allegro! won with a 4/1 majority. DC EDGE claimed the silver medal, followed by Philly Spirit and Ice Connect. The open masters exhibition featured Allegro!.
The Starlights won the juvenile division with an impressive majority of 6/1. Team Delaware claimed the silver medal, and the Dazzlers and Crystallettes earned third and fourth place respectively.
In the collegiate division, Miami University won and earned a score of 77.00. The team skated to ‘Nine’. In second place was Team Delaware, which scored 73.90. Michigan State University claimed the bronze medal, and the University of Michigan claimed fourth. Western Michigan University landed in fifth.
The placements from the short to the long program in the junior division changed significantly. The Skyliners landed in sixth after the short, but ended up winning the division with an impressive long program and a combined score of 134.76. Les Pirouettes, a Canadian team, earned second place in both programs with a total score of 132.84. The Chicago Jazz moved up from fourth to third place after the long program. Saint Louis Synergy claimed first place in the short program, but ended up in fourth after a fifth place finish in the long program. Despite finishing in third place after the short program, the Crystallettes ended the competition in eight place.
Miami University upheld their senior title and won both the short and long program. Skating to ‘The World Is Ours’ for their short and a rock and roll long program, the team earned a combined score of 163.26. They just barely edged out the Skyliners, who finished in second place earning 160.18. The Crystallettes landed in third place with 141.20. In fourth place was Adrian College with a score of 117.20.
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