by Kennedy McKay
Last weekend, teams competed in Grand Forks, North Dakota at the 2017 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. Teams competing in IJS divisions skated to earn a trip to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, which will take place in Rockford, Illinois at the end of February.
The Midwest intermediate division was one of the toughest events: only four out of 20 teams qualified for the U.S. Championships. Skating a passionate life themed program, the Capital Ice Chips won the Midwest intermediate title for the fourth year in a row with a season’s best score of 61.15 points. The Starlights skated an energetic Elvis program and claimed the silver medal with 58.07 points. Saint Louis Synergy’s world peace program scored 55.99 points for the bronze medal. The Crystallettes sealed their trip to the U.S. Championships with 52.04 points and the pewter medal.
Four of the eight teams qualified for the U.S. Championships in the Pacific Coast intermediate division. Team Del Sol topped the field earning 56.72 points. California Gold skated to second place with 54.26 points. With a score of 48.54 points, Denver Synchronicity landed in third place. Fusion rounded out the top four qualifying teams with 44.83 points.
The Midwest juvenile event was also very intense. After four teams skated, the IJS scoring system crashed, meaning scores could not be announced until the conclusion of the event. Capital Ice Connection skated to first place with 44.97 points. In second place was the Chicago Jazz, earning a season’s best score of 43.53 points with their Mother’s Day program. Teams Elite skated an enthusiastic “Grease” program to earn 43.16 points and the bronze medal. The Starlights claimed the pewter medal with 42.94 points. The Hockettes and Saint Louis Synergy earned fifth and sixth place respectively, securing their trip to the U.S. Championships.
Teams Elite won the Midwest pre-juvenile championship round with a 4/1 majority. In second place were the Capital Ice Crystals, and the Starlights skated to third place. Starfire secured fourth place with a 5/4 majority.
In the Pacific Coast pre-juvenile championship round, the San Diego Shining Blades claimed the gold medal with an outstanding 7/1 majority. Denver Synchronicity earned silver with a 4/2 majority, and the Tremors of San Francisco skated to the bronze medal with a 5/3 majority. The Rockers’ 7/4 majority earned the pewter medal.
In the Midwest open juvenile championship round, the Starlights skated to first place, scoring a 5/2 majority. In second place were the Auroras with a 5/3 majority, and the Dazzlers Blue claimed third with a 4/3 majority. Capital Ice Chill rounded out the top four with a 5/4 majority.
The San Diego Shining Blades claimed the Pacific Coast open juvenile title in the championship round with a 4/1 majority. The ICE’Kateers skated to second place, scoring a 5/3 majority. A 4/3 majority put Silver Stars in third place, and the Washington Ice Emeralds scored a 4/4 majority for fourth place.
The Midwest preliminary event featured 12 teams, and the Crystallettes skated to first place with a 4/1 majority. Chicago Jazz, skating “Alice in Wonderland”, earned second with a 4/2 majority. The Starlights’ Cindy Luo Who program earned a 4/3 majority for third place. Saint Louis Synergy scored a 5/5 majority with their sunshine program. In the Pacific Coast event, the Tremors of San Francisco earned first place.
Six of the nine teams in the Midwest novice event earned a trip to the U.S. Championships. Leading the field by nearly seven points was the Crystallettes as their “Lion King” skate earned 70.00 points. Scoring 63.78 with their “Moulin Rouge” program, Teams Elite earned the silver medal. The Starlights claimed the bronze with their Hawaiian program and 63.02 points. Rounding out the podium with an “Anastasia” program and 59.48 points was the Hockettes. The Dazzlers and Onyx earned fifth and sixth place respectively. The Tremors of San Francisco, the lone Pacific Coast novice competitor, earned 42.44 points.
In the Midwest open adult division, the Capital Ice Alumni scored a 6/1 majority to earn the first place. Infinity Onyx earned a 5/2 majority for second place, and Austintatious Stars claimed third with a 6/3 majority. Rhythm and Blades earned a 6/4 majority for fourth place.
For the Midwest adult title, the Crystallettes won the gold medal for the third year in a row with their Tina Turner program and 48.31 points. The Starlights skated a prison themed program and earned 44.90 points to claim the silver medal. Chicago Radiance earned 38.72 points for the bronze medal. Leather and Laces withdrew from the event.
In the Pacific Coast adult division, Denver Synchronicity earned another sectional title by scoring 45.98 points with their “Grease” program. California Gold skated to second place with their Vegas program and earned 42.05 points. The Tremors of San Francisco earned third place with 40.26 points, and a score of 31.17 points set Washington Ice Emeralds in fourth place.
In the Midwest open collegiate event, Miami University claimed the gold medal with a 4/1 majority. The University of Wisconsin Madison earned the silver with a 4/2 majority. Adrian College’s “Grease” program earned a 5/3 majority for the bronze medal, and the University of Missouri claimed the pewter with a 6/4 majority.
All seven Midwest collegiate teams qualified for the U.S. Championships. Miami University won the collegiate sectional title with a sassy trouble themed program and 74.00 points. The University of Michigan’s fire program earned 71.36 points for second place. In third place was Michigan State University with 66.90 points, and Western Michigan skated a Mardi Gras program to earn fourth place with 65.42 points.
Evolution won the Midwest open masters event with a 7/1 majority, and Revolution earned a 7/2 majority for second place. Team Glacé withdrew from the event. Cold Fusion skated to first place in the Pacific Coast event.
All five teams competing in the Midwest masters event qualified for the U.S. Championships. Allegro! earned an impressive 7/1 majority for first place. In second were the Goldenettes with a 7/2 majority. Braemar Panache scored a 6/4 majority for third place, and Wisconsin Edge placed fourth with a 5/4 majority. Ice Connect skated to fifth place with a 7/5 majority.
In the pacific coast masters event, Denver Synchronicity won another sectional title with a 6/1 majority. IceSymmetrics scored a 7/2 majority for second place. Both teams move on to the U.S. Championships.
In the Midwest junior event, the Fond du Lac Blades won both the short and long program, scoring 115.80 points. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Team Sabres earned 97.98 points with their “Aladdin” short program and tango free skate. The Silver Stars, the only Pacific Coast junior team competing, earned a combined score of 75.76 points.
Miami University Junior Varsity, the only Midwest senior team competing, earned a combined score of 137.12 points with their “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” short program and Santana free skate. California Gold was the only Pacific Coast senior team at the event, earning a combined score of 121.64 points.
After a tough weekend of competition, congratulations to all who competed and to those advancing to the U.S. Championships! Make sure to follow Get It Called on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates leading up to the Championships.