By Kennedy McKay
One of the many competitions occurring this weekend is the Mid-America Synchronized Skating championships, hosted by the Fraser Figure Skating Club. The competition will take place Jan. 17.
The competition will start early with the beginner divisions. Beginner 1 and 2 will be split into two groups. The Crystallettes and Hockettes are teams to watch during these flights. Only one team, the Shoreline Blaze, will compete in beginner 3.
The 12 pre-juvenile teams will also be split into two groups. The Cleveland Edges and the Crystallettes hope to skate to gold in their respective groups.
Ten teams will compete in the open juvenile division, almost doubling the number of teams from last year. Hockettes, last year’s gold medalists, and Allegro!, the Dr. Porter Classic gold medalists, are vying for first place in this event.
In the preliminary division, the Cleveland Edges will defend their first place title. The Crystallettes, who won a silver medal at the Dr. Porter Classic, will look to claim the top spot.
Only two teams will compete in the juvenile division. The Crystallettes, who won the gold medal last year, will look to edge out Allegro!.
The Ice Diamonds hope to win the intermediate event again this year. The team also won the gold medal at the Dr. Porter Classic. The Crystallettes, who earned silver at the Dr. Porter Classic, will challenge the Ice Diamonds for the title.
The Crystallettes are the only returning novice team from last year’s competition. They are last year’s novice champions.
Coming off a win at the Dr. Porter Classic, Miami University will vie for gold in the collegiate division. They were also last year’s Mid-America champions. Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Western Michigan University are also in medal contention.
The Crystallettes and Miami University are the only junior teams competing in Fraser this weekend. Miami University beat the Crystallettes at the Dr. Porter Classic by just one point, so first place could be clinched by either team.
There will also be two teams in the senior division. Western Michigan University and Adrian College will compete for the gold medal.
The Crystallettes, who won the adult division last year, are the only adult team at this year’s competition. Four teams will compete in the open adult 1 division, and Eclipse hopes to win another gold medal. In open adult 2, Turning Points skated to first place last year and will vie for the same this year.
Allegro! hopes to win the gold again in the masters division. In the open masters division, Lake Effect Flurries and Allegro! will compete for first place.
In the open collegiate division, Miami University will try to claim the gold because last year’s champions, Notre Dame, moved to the collegiate division. Mizzou Club Synchronized Skating is new to the open collegiate division this year.
In the middle of competition, there will be a tot exhibition, featuring Eclipse, Allegro!, and Little Evo.
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