by Alice Tarantin
This weekend, the Bourne Skating Club will host the 20th Annual Cape Cod Synchronized Skating Classic. The competition will take place at the John Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne, Mass., with nearly 100 teams competing.
The competition begins on Friday with open juvenile, the largest division this weekend with 14 entries. Teams to watch are last year’s winners, DC Edge Red and Wallace Synergy. The pre-juvenile division will follow.
Novice will take the ice Friday evening, as reigning national champions Ice Mates will look to capture the gold. The Synchroettes, who placed fourth at Nationals, will also be competing, along with Philadelphia Symmetry, Team Image, and first-time novice team, DC Edge.
Saturday afternoon competition will resume with the intermediate division. Twelve teams will be competing, including Star Mates, the reining national silver medalists, who have won this division at Cape Cod every year except one since they formed in 2011. Team Excel, having scored less than two points behind Star Mates at the Boston Classic a few weeks ago, will look to challenge them.
Juvenile will skate next with seven east coast teams, followed by the Oswego State Ice Effects in open collegiate. Beginner 1 and 3 will compete next, wrapping up the 6.0 portion of the day.
Collegiate will take the ice next, as Team Excel, last year’s national silver medalists, look to take first place in a field of four. Making their collegiate debut are the Metroettes, skating out of the Hayden Recreation Centre, to see how they stack up against Team Excel, Boston University, and the University of New Hampshire.
Junior and senior short programs will close out the night. The three junior teams are Les Supremes, Synchroettes, and Lexettes, who placed first, second, and third respectively at last year’s competition. Competing at the senior level are the Haydenettes, Les Supremes, and Team Excel.
Open adult will kick off the final day of competition, followed by preliminary and then beginner 2. In the adult division, first year team Ocean Blades will compete against the Colonials.
Concluding the competition will be the junior and senior long programs. In the junior division, Les Supremes, the 2014 Junior World silver medalists, hope to edge out the American teams. In the senior division, our 22-time national champions, the Haydenettes, who placed right below Les Supremes at Worlds this past year, will pose a challenge to their competitors in the senior division.