The 19th Annual Cape Cod Synchronized Skating Classic kicks off on Friday, December 13th at the John Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne, Mass. Competition begins at 4:40 p.m. with two flights of open juvenile, followed by juvenile, and junior and senior short.
In total, 17 open juvenile teams compete in two separate flights. Teams travel from as far as Virginia, Washington D.C., and New York to compete on Cape Cod. The Synchroettes, coming off a win at Terry Conners last weekend, will be the team to beat.
In the juvenile division 10 teams will compete. This season six juvenile teams will advance to Nationals from the Eastern Sectional Championships, and with only Team Delaware missing from the east coast juvenile teams, this competition will be a good indicator of where each teams stands. The Skyliners are the expected favorites after beating the Synchroettes and Team Image last weekend at Terry Conners and defending their national silver medal from last season. The Mini Mates are also expected to be tough competition as they placed third at last year’s nationals just behind the Skyliners.
Joining four U.S. teams in the junior division are Les Supremes from Canada. Les Supreme finished fifth at the 2013 Junior World Championships, just ahead of the Lexettes and the Skyliners. Though the Skyliners will not compete this weekend, the Lexettes will be there to battle it out with the Canadians for first place. Challenging them will be the Synchroettes, coming off a win at Terry Conners against Precisely Right. The Capitol Steps will debut their short program in their first competition of the season.
Competing in the senior division are the Haydenettes and Team Excel.
Competition on Saturday begins at 2:40 p.m. with the intermediate division. Nine teams compete for top honors. The Skyliners will be the team to beat, coming off a gold medal performance at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic. Other teams to watch include the Star Mates, Team Delaware, and Team Excel.
Following the intermediate division is pre-juvenile. With a deep field of twenty teams divided between two flights it’s anyone’s game. The Skyliners, Team Esprit, the Synchroettes, and the Colonials have all placed in the top three at competitions earlier this season.
Five teams compete in the novice division. The Synchroettes have competed and won against every team except the Ice Mates, who have only competed at the Boston Classic where they were the only team in the novice division.
The Colonials are the only team to compete in the adult division.
Oswego State Ice Effects and Boston University will compete for the first time this season against Team Excel, the reigning collegiate national pewter medalists.
Competition on Sunday brings open adult, preliminary, and beginner. Open adult starts the day at 12:15 p.m. with six teams in two flights, open adult 1 and open adult 2.
Twelve teams compete in the preliminary division, also split into two flights. Teams to watch include the Synchroettes, Excel Crsytals, Team Image, and the Skyliners.
Competition concludes with the beginner competition. Twenty-one teams are entered in the beginner 1 and beginner 2 divisions. No more than five beginner teams compete in each flight.
The competition concludes on Sunday with an awards ceremony at 4:51 p.m.