by Katie Fiore and Kennedy McKay
This year’s Kalamazoo Kick Off Classic was held at the Wings Event Center on November 18th and 19th. The quintessential midwest competition was incredibly well organized as usual, and tons of great skating was debuted!
The open juvenile A division was conquered by Dazzlers Blue, who earned straight 1 ordinals across the board! They were followed by Precicettes Elite and the Mentor Ice Diamonds. In open juvenile B, Dazzlers Silver claimed first. Allegro! and Glenview Blades followed in second and third place.
Spectators were able to watch Adrian College Senior Varsity perform an exhibition of both their short and free programs. The team earned a score of 47.35 with their intense “Paint It Black” short program, besting their score from the Mentor competition by 2.79. They earned a total score of 94.77 for their “Soarin’” free program. It will be so exciting to see how far this team goes this season!
Teams Elite made a huge splash in the juvenile division with their “Nurses” program, earning a score of 49.94. Trailing behind closely, the Starlights earned a score of 44.90 with their “Latin/Dance” theme. Roughly 10 points separate Starlights and the bronze medalists, Hockettes, who earned a total score of 34.07, followed very closely by Saint Louis Synergy, who received 32.72. It will surely be a showdown of these midwest teams in addition to strong east coast contenders at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic!
The collegiate division was won by 2017 National Champions, University Of Michigan, posting a score of 78.13 followed by silver medalists, Adrian College, who earned 66.12, improving their score from Mentor by 4.43 points. Western Michigan University bridges the gap receiving a score of 55.06, and coming close to Adrian’s component score as only 0.12 separates them. University Of Illinois finished fourth with a total score of 51.77, posting a tech score only 0.21 away from WMU. The collegiate division this year is truly spectacular. The overall shift to high level skating skills are truly motivating other schools to continue to up their intensity.
Adrian College won the open collegiate division with 1st place ordinals across the board. Ohio University earned second place, and the University of Michigan claimed third place.
The junior division was dominated in both the short and free by Chicago Jazz. The team was truly able to attack their routines this weekend, posting a score of 47.38 in their short program, followed closely by the Fond Du Lac Blades who received 47.04. Gold Ice came in third with a score of 37.17. Chicago Jazz won the free program with a large score of 84.24, followed by the Fond Du Lac Blades (77.96). Gold Ice came close to Fond Du Lac Blades in the free, as they received a free program score of 77.51. Though we were missing a few key midwest contenders this weekend, it will be exciting to see such a large division compete in further competitions.
Teams Elite won the first intermediate group with a score of 64.32. Crystallettes trailed incredibly closely, as they earned 61.29. Starlights came in third posting a score of 59.84, followed by Allegro! (53.27). The second group of the huge intermediate division was won by Saint Louis Synergy, who earned a score of 52.78, comparable to group A’s bronze medalists, Allegro!. Wisconsin edge took the silver with a score of 49.43, trailed closely by Fon Du Lac blades (47.62). Dazzlers placed fourth, receiving a score of 47.57.
Teams Elite was truly on a roll this weekend, as their sensational Lady Gaga program brought them both a gold medal and a score of 68.20 in the novice division. Underdogs in the division, Dazzlers, came out of the box and snatched the silver medal with a score of 61.06. Seasoned novice team, Crystallettes, debuted their “Les Miserables” program, receiving the bronze medal and a score of 57.72. Another comparable team, Starlights, received the pewter and a close score of 55.12.
In the preliminary division, Teams Elite brought another gold medal home to their club with a 4/1 majority. There was a four way tie for second, but the tie breaker sent Starfire into second place with their Red Riding Hood program. Cleveland Ice Storm and the Hockettes earned third and fourth respectively.
In synchro skills 1 group A, Chicago Skates and Starlights earned first and second place, respectively. Evolution won the synchro skills 1 group B event, and Cleveland Ice Storm skated to second place. Dazzlers earned the gold and Chicago Skates snatched the silver in synchro skills 2 group A. Starlights and Livonia Icettes earned first and second place respectively in synchro skills 2 group B. Evolution won synchro skills 3 with a 4/1 majority, followed by Infinity and Kalamazoo Kinetic.
Wisconsin Edge skated to first place in pre-juvenile group A, and Allegro! claimed second. Crystallettes won pre-juvenile group B with a 4/1 majority, and Chicago Radiance followed in second. Fond du Lac blades earned the gold medal in pre-juvenile group C and St. Louis Synergy earned the silver.
Fraser Eclipse debuted their program in the Snowplow Sam exhibition.
The Hockettes debuted their program in the masters exhibition. In the open masters division, Allegro! won with a 4/1 majority over the Lake Effect Flurries. Infinity-Onyx claimed first in the open adult division, and Grand Valley State University earned second place.
It was such a joy to see so many teams put out wonderful skates this weekend as excitement builds for yet another season! Be sure to follow Get It Called all season long for competition coverage and synchronized skating news.