by Kari Savoie
The 2017 Boston Synchronized Skating Classic took place on November 18 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
In Group A of Synchro Skills Level 1, Skyliners won with a 5/1 majority, followed by Snowflurries, and Team Excel Boston. The finishing order in Group B was Winterettes White, Team Excel Foxboro, and The Colonials.
Team Excel was the only Synchro Skills 3 team in the competition.
For Synchro Skills Level 2, Winterettes Blue took home the gold medal in Group A. Icing on the Cape came in second place, Chesapeake Synchro captured third place, and Snowflurries rounded out the group in fourth place. Synchro Stars were the Group B champions, followed by CNY Chill in second, Winterettes Red in third, and Team Excel in fourth.
Juvenile proved to be an exciting event with Skyliners winning with 46.42 for their Hello, Dolly! program and Mini Mates came close behind with 41.49. Team Delaware tabbed 37.70 for a third place finish and TEAM IMAGE put up a score of 33.32 to end up in fourth place. Team Excel and The Colonials finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
The adult division came next and Team Excel came out on top with 47.83. Esprit de Corps won the silver medal and Gotham City Synchro came away with the bronze medal. The Colonials withdrew from the event.
The junior short program was an extremely close race. Nova won with a score of 36.56, edging out DC EDGE by 0.06 points. Team Excel followed close behind with 33.64. In the free skate, Nova clenched the win with a Kill Bill program, followed by Team Excel, and DC EDGE.
Orange Experience at Syracuse University brought home the gold medal in open collegiate with a 5/1 majority. University of Vermont Synchronized Skating Team captured the silver medal and University of New Hampshire Synchronized Skating Team captured the bronze.
Within a field of nine teams, Superettes took home the win in the open juvenile division. The rest of the top five included Starcatchers, Precisely Right, Icing on the Cape, and Team Excel.
Pre-juvenile was a fun event where Skyliners captured the gold medal with a 5/1 majority and Shooting Stars won the silver medal with a 5/2 majority. Team Delaware came in third place, TEAM IMAGE followed in fourth place, and Chesapeake Synchro finished in fifth place. CNY Storm and Starcatchers finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Skyliners won the novice division with 65.46. TEAM IMAGE followed with 52.18 and DC EDGE came in third with 48.53. Team Delaware and Mirror Images finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
In the masters event, Esprit de Corps skated to Evita and came in first place with a 5/1 majority, followed by The Colonials and Gotham City Synchro.
In the preliminary division, Skyliners came out on top. Skyliners Pre earned the silver medal, Precisely Right came in third place, The Colonials came in fourth place, and Shooting Stars rounded out the top five.
Skyliners reigned supreme once again in the intermediate division, earning 62.31 for their impressive Addams Family program. The rest of the top five included Star Mates with 54.56, TEAM IMAGE close behind with 53.54, Team Excel with 50.62, and Mirror Images with 50.15.
Congratulations to all competitors and a big thank you to the Skating Club of Boston and Team Excel for hosting a wonderful event.