by Kari Savoie
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Skating Club of Boston and Team Excel will host the 2017 Boston Synchronized Skating Classic. Around 75 teams will converge on the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts for what promises to be a fun and exciting event.
The morning will begin with the Synchro Skills Level 1 competition divided into two groups. Team Excel Boston, Snowflurries and Skyliners will kick off the first event of the day. The second group, made up of The Colonials, Winterettes White and Team Excel Foxboro, will skate next. Skyliners are the only returning team to this event and took home the gold medal in Group B last season.
Team Excel will perform their program next as the only Synchro Skills 3 team, as it was in this competition last year.
Following an ice cut, eight Synchro Skills Level 2 teams will take the ice. Group A will be comprised of Snowflurries, Chesapeake Synchro—last year’s first place finishers in Group A— Icing of the Cape and Winterettes Blue. Group B will include Winterettes Red, Synchro Stars, Team Excel and CNY Chill. All of these teams except Winterettes Red competed in this event last season, with CNY Chill coming out on top with a 5/1 majority.
Juvenile will compete next to round out the morning of lively competition. The Colonials, Mini Mates, Skyliners, Team Image, Team Delaware and Team Excel will show off what they have been working on. Last year, Mini Mates won the gold medal with 46.01 points, current national champions Skyliners followed closely behind, Team Image came in third place and Team Delaware finished in fourth place. The Colonials are newcomers to the event this year.
Next, the adults will compete their programs. The 2017 national bronze medalist Team Excel will lead off the pack followed by last year’s Boston Synchronized Skating Classic champions, Esprit de Corps. The event will conclude with The Colonials and Gotham City Synchro.
After a rest, the junior short program will take place and Nova, Team Excel and DC EDGE will compete. Last year’s junior competition had only one team, the Lexettes, who are not attending this year.
Taking a break from the international judging system, open collegiate will dazzle the crowd next. Last year’s gold medalists, University of New Hampshire Synchronized Skating team, will kick off the flight. Orange Experience at Syracuse University will skate next and University of Vermont Synchronized Skating Team will close out the event.
Open juvenile is bound to be an entertaining event, as it will be one of the largest of the 2017 Boston Synchronized Skating Classic, boasting a line-up of nine teams. Returners to the event include 2016 gold medalists CNY Blizzards, Starcatchers, Team Excel and Munchkins. They will be joined by The Colonials, Precisely Right, Icing on the Cape, Synchro Stars, and Superettes.
Pre-juvenile is another sizable event and this should make it a great experience for all competitors. Skyliners, the 2016 champions, will compete along with fellow competitors from last season including CNY Storm, Team Delaware, Shooting Stars and Starcatchers. New teams this year are Team Image and Chesapeake Synchro.
IJS events will continue with the novice division following an ice make and an awards ceremony. Skyliners tabbed 57.80 here last season for a first place finish and went on to win a national gold medal in Rockford. Other competitors in this event will be DC EDGE, Team Image—the third place team last season—Mirror Images and Team Delaware.
Continuing the afternoon’s fun will be masters. The Colonials and Gotham City Synchro join last year’s sole team, Esprit de Corps.
Eight preliminary teams will skate next in the last 6.0 division of the day. Precisely Right, Snowflakes, The Colonials, Skyliners Pre, Skyliners, Shooting Stars, Team Image and Team Excel will make up the event. Last year’s top three finishers were Skyliners, Team Excel and Shooting Stars, respectively.
Intermediate is the largest division in this year’s event and they will wow the crowd as the evening nears its end, closing with the junior free skate. DC EDGE clenched the win in 2016 with 56.04 over Team Image and Skyliners by less than a point, who went on to become the national champion. These three teams will return to the competition, along with Icing on the Cape, Star Mates, Precisely Right, Team Excel, Team Delaware, and Synchro Stars. Newcomers to this competition include Chesapeake Synchro and Mirror Images.
Good luck to all teams competing and travel safely to Marlborough! Make sure to stay updated on results by following Get it Called on Twitter, @GIC_Results.