by Ceci Picard
The first annual Philadelphia Synchronized Skating Invitational and Judges Critique was held this past Saturday. It was hosted by Philadelphia Symmetry Synchronized Skating Teams and the Wissahickon Skating Club. This event was the earliest east coast competition of the 2017-2018 season, making for a very exciting event.
The day began with the junior division, the Lexettes wowed with their “Nashville” themed short program earning them 46.11 points, and “La La Land” free skate, scoring 81.86 points, with one fall in each skate, they finished first in both in programs and had a combined score of 127.97. Philadelphia Symmetry, new to the junior division, had a successful first showing of their programs, with their “South Pacific” themed short program earning 29.20 points, after three falls, and their exciting “Disco” free skate earning 61.18, for 90.38 points overall. Team Delaware showcased their short program this weekend, skating to a dramatic “Batman” theme, with one fall, and scoring 35.36 points.
Twenty-five time national champions, the Haydenettes, debuted their programs before heading overseas to compete in their first international competition of the season. Their impressive “Run Boy Run” short program earned 62.90 points, with all of their program component scores being above 7.50 points. Their “Underground” free skate had one fall and claimed 98.30 points, for a total of 161.20.
Philadelphia Symmetry won the preliminary event, and Team Ashburn took silver. In the juvenile division, Team Delaware’s “Race Car” theme drove them to first place with 39.80 points, Philadelphia Symmetry had three falls in their “Home Alone” program, which earned them 30.23 points. In the Synchro Skills group A, Team Reflections Red came in first, followed by Philadelphia Symmetry Purple, Skating Club of Wilmington Blades, and Team Ashburn. In Synchro Skills 1, National Blades took first, Team Ashburn second, and Philadelphia Symmetry third.
Chesapeake Synchro’s “Why Not Synchro” theme shot them to first place in the intermediate event with a score of 52.32, Team Ashburn’s elegant “Moana” program scored 52.14, after 2 falls, for second place and Team Delaware rounded out the division with their “Peter Pan” program earning 49.54 points. In the novice division Philadelphia Symmetry’s “Cowgirls” program had one fall but still lassoed them 48.47 points and the gold, Team Delaware had two falls in their energetic “Lion King” program and followed in second with 47.90 points, Team Ashburn, also with two falls, earned 43.73 points with a lively “Trolls” theme and finished in third.
In the largest event of the day, the pre-juvenile division, Chesapeake Synchro claimed first place, followed by Team Ashburn in second, Team Delaware in third, National Blades in fourth, Steel City Blades, and SCW Blades. Open juvenile was the final division of the day, Steel City Blades won the gold, National Blades the silver, Team Ashburn the bronze, Philadelphia Symmetry the pewter, and SCW Blades rounded out the division.
The first annual Philadelphia Synchronized Skating Invitational was a huge success with all teams performing their programs for the first time and gaining valuable information from the competition and the judge’s critique. Congratulations to Philadelphia Symmetry for hosting a great event and good luck to all teams in upcoming competitions.