by Tara Tahil and Taylor Kennedy
On Saturday November 21, the 2015 Boston Synchronized Skating Classic will take place. This competition, hosted by Team Excel, marks the first major competition on the East Coast this season. The competition fields levels from beginner 1 through masters, and includes teams from all over the East Coast. U.S. Figure Skating’s Eastern Sectional Monitoring Session will be held on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 in conjunction with the competition. The 2015 Boston Synchronized Skating Classic is also part of the Eastern Synchronized Skating Challenge Series.
The competition begins at 9:30 a.m. with the beginner 1 division and concludes around 9:00 p.m. with the senior freeskate. The Boston Classic has grown tremendously in the past few years, increasing from 50 to 80 teams. There has been large growth in not only the introductory levels, but the IJS levels as well; most notably the intermediate division; fielding 13 teams in contrast to the past when there were only two.
Seven beginner 1 teams will compete this weekend, broken up into two groups. The first group will feature Winterettes Red, Synchroettes and Colonials. Excel Crystals, Skyliners, Icing on the Cape and Winterettes Blue will make up the second group.
Following beginner 1, beginner 2 will compete. Six teams will be competing, again broken into two groups. Excel Crystals, Synchroettes and Synchro Stars make up the first group while CNY Chill, Central Park Ice and The Colonials will compete in the second group.
Only one beginner 3 team, Excel Crystals, will compete.
Six juvenile teams, including reigning national champions Mini Mates will compete. The field is also made up of Team Ashburn, Team Image, Synchroettes, Skyliners and Team Delaware. The competition is sure to be fierce here as Skyliners (2) and Synchroettes (4) also medaled at last year’s nationals.
The open masters division features just one team, The Colonials. Esprit De Corps will be the only team competing in the open adult division. In the adult division, last season’s national champion Esprit de Corps will compete against newcomer Team Excel.
One of the larger fields of the day, the open juvenile competition, will feature 11 teams. Synchroettes, Wallace Synergy, Team Ashburn, Munchkins, Excel Crystals, Central Park Ice, NorEasters, Precisely Right, Island Waves and Synchro Stars will compete against last year’s Easterns medalists CNY Blizzard (2) and NorEasters (4).
Another large field, the pre-juvenile division, has 13 teams competing. Teams include Icing on the Cape, Central Park Ice, Starcatchers, Team Delaware, Excel Crystals, CNY Storm, Synchroettes, Steel City Blades, Snowflakes, Precisely Right as well as last season’s Easterns medalists Shooting Stars (1), Skyliners (2), and Colonials (3).
This year’s novice division has increased from four teams to seven. The competitors include Team Ashburn, Steel City Blades, Team Excel, Team Image, and last year’s national competitors the Ice Mates (1), Skyliners (3), and Synchroettes (7). Last year, the Ice Mates captured a national gold with 59.98 and the Synchroettes came in second with 53.38.
Metroettes Collegiate will be the only collegiate team competing this weekend in the collegiate division. Metroettes are relatively new to the collegiate division, formed last year. Their first year was extremely successful, including a national bronze medal.
Nine teams make up this year’s preliminary division. Last season’s Easterns medalists Skyliners (2) and Shooting Stars (3) will compete as well as Team Image, Team Delaware, Precisely Right, Synchro Stars, Excel Crystals, Chesapeake Topsails and Synchroettes.
Intermediate will be a hot division, as it will be the largest in the competition. The 13 teams include the Superettes, Chesapeake Sailors, Team Image, Icing on the Cape, Synchroettes, Team Esprit, Team Ashburn, Synchro Stars, Team Excel, and last year’s national competitors the Star Mates (2), Skyliners (5), and Team Delaware (8). The Star Mates won last year’s Boston Classic with a total score of 52.28 followed by Team Excel with a total score of 50.39.
The junior division has two teams. Both the Lexettes and Synchroettes were national competitors last year, Lexettes placed second and Synchroettes placed tenth. Last year, the Lexettes won the Boston Classic with a total score of 126.42. The Synchroettes came in second with a total score of 105.01.
The senior division includes the host team, Team Excel as well as the 23 time National Champions, the Haydenettes. Last year the Haydenettes earned themselves the gold medal at the Boston Classic with a total score of 174.43 and Team Excel followed with a total score of 105.66.
The Boston Classic is sure to be a fierce competition featuring many nationally ranked teams as well as a large range of levels; from beginner 1 through senior. The unbelievable growth of this competition is going to make it such a fun and successful weekend. Good luck to everyone competing!
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