by Kari Savoie
On Saturday January 14th, the Fraser Figure Skating Club will host the Mid-America Synchronized Skating Championships in Fraser, Michigan. Around 90 teams from all across the country will compete at Fraser Hockeyland in what is bound to be an exciting event.
The Synchro Skills 1 division will kick off the competition in the morning after a day of practice on Friday the 13th. The three Synchro Skills levels are part of the U.S. Figure Skating Synchro Skills program that is designed to teach beginner skaters the fundamental skills of synchronized skating. Group “A” will include Ice Connect, Cleveland Edges, Crystallettes, Allegro!, and Hockettes “Red.” Group “B” will include Creative Edge “Red,” Fraser Eclipse, Onyx, Ice Diamonds, and Evolution. Group “C” will round out the Basic Skills 1 Division with Arctic Ice Unity, Creative Edge “Black,” Southgate Stars, Livonia Icettes, Hockettes “Blue,” and Northern Lights.
Next, the intermediate division consisting of Creative Edge “Black,” Allegro!, and Crystallettes will be the first international judging system category to grace the ice. Last year in Fraser, Creative Edge “Black” took home the gold medal and Crystallettes won the pewter.
The preliminary teams will follow and the two teams competing are Crystallettes, the reigning gold medalists from 2016, and Fraser Eclipse, the team from the host club.
Then, the Synchro Skills 2 competition will be split into two groups. Group “A” will consist of Allegro!, Cleveland Edges, Steel City Blades, Miami Skating Academy, Crystallettes, and Livonia Icettes. Group “B” will consist of Kalamazoo Kinetic, Hockettes, Arctic Ice Unity, Starr Blades, Onyx, and Shoreliners. It will be great to see the young skaters perform their programs.
Synchro Skills 3 takes the ice next and the one group will be four teams strong with Ice Connect, Ice Force, Southgate Stars, and Allegro!. This event will be the the last event of the various Synchro Skills levels.
Following the conclusion of Synchro Skills 3, the collegiate division will begin. Michigan State University, last year’s pewter medalists, will kick off the event and University of Delaware will go next. Adrian College Varsity, the 2016 gold medalists, and University of Michigan, the third place finishers, will finish the collegiate competition.
Crystallettes will be the sole competitor in the adult division, but it will still be entertaining to watch the first place finishers from last year.
Taking a break from competition, four tot teams will perform in an exhibition. This fun event will include Fraser Synchro, Allegro!, Little Evo, and Crystallettes.
Starting with some more IJS competition, Adrian College Varsity will compete their senior short program coming off a pewter medal win at Dr. Porter. They took second place in this event in 2016 and they will compete their free program later in the day.
Following the senior short program, the juvenile division will begin and be judged under the IJS system for the first time at this particular competition. Onyx, Crystallettes, Evolution, and Fusion will compete. Of those teams, Crystallettes and Evolution participated in this event in 2016 and came home with the gold and pewter medals, respectively.
The masters division will feature the same two teams from last year, Ice Connect and Allegro!. Allegro! will be looking to defend their first place finish.
Open juvenile will be one of the largest events at this competition, featuring twelve teams that are split into two events. Group “A” will feature Southgate Stars, Steel City Blades, Ice Force, Allegro!, Crystallettes, and Miami Skating Academy. Group “B” will consist of Team Ices, Team Chiller, Starr Blades, Hockettes, Livonia Icettes, and Kalamazoo Kinetic. Allegro! won the gold medal in 2016, Ice Force took the bronze medal, and Kalamazoo Kinetic took the pewter medal.
After Adrian College Varsity competes their senior long program, the novice division will begin. It will consist of Crystallettes and Onyx. Crystallettes are the reigning gold medalists and Onyx did not attend the Championships last year.
Then, a large field of ten pre-juvenile teams will compete in one big group. It will be made up of Allegro!, Ice Diamonds, Northern Lights, Hockettes, Creative Edge, Team Chiller, Kalamazoo Kinetic, Evolution, Steel City Blades, and Ice Reflections. Two teams from the 2016 podium will be returning this year—Ice Diamonds won the division and Hockettes took third place.
Open masters will follow pre-juvenile with a four-team lineup consisting of Hot Flashes, Allegro!, Evolution, and Onyx. The former two teams are the reigning silver and gold medalists, respectively.
The three open adult teams will have their turns to perform their program early Saturday evening. Hockettes, Turning Point, and Allegro! will make up the group.
The final event of the 2017 Mid-America Synchronized Skating Championships will be the open collegiate competition between Liberty University Flames, Miami University, University of Wisconsin, Oswego State Ice Effects, and Adrian College Varsity. In 2016, Miami University won the gold medal, Adrian College Varsity took silver, Oswego Ice Effects won bronze, and University of Wisconsin proudly represented their school by winning the pewter medal.
Good luck to all competitors this weekend and make sure to follow stay updated by following Get it Called on social media. Results will be posted on Twitter, @GIC_Results.