By Grace Leonard
The 21st annual Cape Cod Classic will kick off Friday at the John Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne, Mass. The event, hosted by the Bourne Skating Club, will take place over three days with 91 teams competing, three of them Canadian.
Friday’s competition will begin with the open-juvenile division. The competition’s officials separated the 14 teams into two flights. In flight A, the reigning eastern sectional champions DC Edge will look to sustain last year’s success and open with a strong season debut. CNY Blizzard, last year’s eastern sectional silver medalists, and Team Ashburn are also expected to put out strong performances. In flight B, the 2015 Boston Classic bronze medalists Munchkins will face off against last year’s eastern sectional pewter medalists Nor’Easters. Mirror Images Purple and Wallace Synergy also hope to earn a spot on the podium.
The pre-juvenile event will follow and will mimic that of the open-juvenile event with 14 teams across two flights. The Colonials will look to turn their bronze medal from the Boston Classic into a gold medal during flight A. Other competitors include Icing on the Cape and DC Edge Red. In flight B, the 2015 eastern sectional champions and Boston Classic silver medalists, Shooting Stars, will look to come out on top. DC EDGE Blue and Synchroettes will also vie for a medal.
Six juvenile teams will compete Saturday afternoon. The Mini Mates, last season’s national champions, will look to defend their 2014 Cape Cod Classic gold. After earning bronze at the Boston Classic, Team Ashburn will also try to earn a medal. Other teams in contention include national competitors DC Edge and Synchroettes.
Only two teams will compete in the adult division. The adult event marks the debut of Ocean Blades from Warwick FS in Rhode Island. The team will compete against Team Excel of the Skating Club of Boston which is new to the adult division.
The competition will continue Saturday with the collegiate division. Team Excel is not fielding a collegiate team this season (the team won the competition last year). Hayden’s Metroettes, which consists of students from across the Boston area, will skate to musical selections from the TV show “Smash.” In its inaugural season, it won a national bronze medal. It hopes to start off its second year with a strong performance in Cape Cod. The Boston University Terrierettes will make its competitive debut this weekend. Last year, it won the pewter medal at the Cape Cod Classic.
Saturday’s senior short program will be another small, but exciting division to watch. Team Excel will skate its short program to a remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” This weekend marks the team’s second competition in December. It competed at the Dr. Porter Classic in Michigan last weekend and placed eighth. Team Canada’s Meraki, which trains out of the Toronto area, will also compete this weekend. The team competed at the Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic in November and earned second, just a few points behind the Crystallettes.
The junior short competition is guaranteed to showcase some great, world-class skating. Meraki’s new junior team will hope to improve upon its “Uptown Funk” program’s 7th place finish at Kalamazoo. Another Canadian team, Les Suprêmes, will make its competitive debut and go for a third consecutive Cape Cod Classic victory. Synchroettes, which also competed at the Dr. Porter Classic last weekend, will sport its bright green dresses and skate to “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root. The Lexettes, reigning U.S national silver medalists, will close the short program event, skating to a remix of the song “Feeling Good”.
The novice division will compete last Saturday. Seven teams from up and down the East Coast, and one from Michigan, will take part. The Ice Mates, 21-time national champions, will look to repeat its 2014 Cape Cod win skating to a Spanish medley. Coming off a strong silver-medal performance at Boston Classic, Team Ashburn, which skates to a space-themed program, will also be a top contender.
Preliminary will be the first division to compete on Sunday morning. DC EDGE will have two teams competing (red and blue) on behalf of the Washington Figure Skating Club. The 2015 Eastern sectional bronze medalists Shooting Stars will look to earn a medal as will the 2015 Boston Classic medalists Team Image and Synchroettes.
The senior free skate will follow. Meraki will debut its free skate at the competition. (It only performed its short program in Kalamazoo). Team Excel will also perform its free skate.
The Meraki junior team will also debut its free skate this weekend. Spectators at the competition will also be the first to see Les Suprêmes, the world bronze medalist, junior long program. Synchroettes will skate its long to “Man on La Mancha” and hopes to see an improvement in its scores at Dr. Porter. Lexettes will close the division, skating to a Bollywood theme.
A jam-packed beginner division will follow. Twenty teams will compete in three levels. Three flights of beginner will feature the Popsicles, the Colonials, Winterettes and others. Two flights of beginner 2 will include teams such as Snowflurries and CNY Chill. One flight of beginner 3 will include Excel Crystals Green, DC Edge and Team Ashburn.
The intermediate division will close out the competition. Reigning national champions, DC Edge, will make its competitive debut for the season and will look to medal. Last year’s Cape Cod winner, Star Mates, will look to defend its title, but will face competition from teams like Team Ashburn.
Good luck to all competitors and stay tuned for Cape Cod result updates from the @GetItCalled and @GIC_results twitter accounts!