by Ceci Picard
On Saturday, October 28th, 2017 Philadelphia Symmetry and the Wissahickon Skating Club will be hosting the first annual Philadelphia Synchronized Skating Invitational and Judges Critique. This event will be the first east coast competition of the 2017-2018 season and many teams will showcase their programs.
This one-day event will be quite busy, starting with critiques in the morning and the competition beginning at 4:35 that afternoon. Leading off the event is the junior division, with the Lexettes, Philadelphia Symmetry, and Team Delaware competing. The Lexettes are coming off of a strong season last year; they won the short program at nationals with a score of 65.81, and placed second in the free skate, finishing second overall. They were also selected to represent Team USA at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championship in Mississauga, Canada. Team Delaware, a seasoned veteran in the junior division, finished 7th at last year’s nationals and are looking to start this season strong. Philadelphia Symmetry, who has had successful intermediate and novice lines in seasons past, will have a junior team for the first time this year and are looking to make their mark in the division. The Lexettes and Philadelphia Symmetry will also be competing their free skate later in the day, at 7:46.
Next, the Haydenettes will be the only team competing in the senior division with their short program at 4:50 and their free skate at 7:24. After winning their 25th National Championship last season, and placing 4th overall at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, the Haydenettes will be competing their programs for the first time before heading off to their first international competition of the season in Shanghai, China.
Following the senior short event, will be the preliminary division with Philadelphia Symmetry and Team Ashburn competing. The juvenile competition will consist of Team Delaware and Philadelphia Symmetry’s teams. Both teams qualified for nationals last season and finished 6th and 12th, respectively. After these events, there will be a number of 6.0 events including Synchro Skills 2 Group A, Snowplow Sam, Open Masters, Synchro Skills 3, Synchro Skills 2 Group B, and Synchro Skills 1.
Chesapeake Synchro, Team Delaware, and Team Ashburn will be competing in the intermediate division beginning at 6:42 pm. Chesapeake Synchro brought back their intermediate team this season after qualifying for the National Championship in 2016. Team Delaware finished 6th in this division at last year’s nationals, and Team Ashburn is looking to build on a successful season last year. These three clubs will also have teams competing in the novice division, starting at 7:31 pm. Philadelphia Symmetry finished 9th in the novice event at nationals, and both Team Ashburn and Team Delaware have brought back their novice lines this year.
The largest event of the day is the pre-juvenile division with six teams competing, including Chesapeake Synchro, SCW Blades, National Blades, Steel City Blades, Team Delaware, and Team Ashburn, this will be starting at 8:15. And closing the day is the open juvenile event at 8:54, with Steel City Blades, National Blades, SCW Blades, Team Ashburn, and Philadelphia Symmetry.
This event is sure to be exciting and memorable as it is the earliest event of this competitive season and the first year of this competition. In a statement from the organization, Philadelphia Symmetry said, “[We are] so excited to be hosting our first competition. On Saturday, October 28, we will host 39 teams at the Philadelphia Synchronized Skating Invitational at Hatfield Ice in Colmar, PA. Our top priority is providing a WOW of an experience for all skaters, coaches, and spectators. Our amazing volunteer staff has completed the standard items required to host such an event and now the focus turns to the small details. It’s the small details, the fine print, that will allow all of our guests to have a fun-filled and memorable day.” If you are local, this will be a great event to go watch, or you can keep up with the event on our Get It Called results Twitter page, @GIC_Results.