By Alice Tarantin
The 30th Annual Colonial Classic will take place on January 10-12 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. The pre-juvenile division will kick off the competition Friday evening at 5:30, with three groups encompassing a total of 25 teams. Teams to watch are Chesapeake Skipjacks in Group A and Skyliners in Group C, both having won their field in previous competitions. Other teams who have medaled this season are the Synchroettes, Team Espirit, CNY Storm, and the Colonials.
Open juvenile continues the competition at noon on Saturday, with 15 teams divided into three groups. DC Edge Red, Wallace Synergy, CNY Blizzard and the Synchroettes, winners at earlier competitions, are all hoping to add another gold medal to their repertoire.
Of the seven teams in the novice division, the Ice Mates are the favorites, having consistently scored more than 60 points this season. Other teams to watch include Team Delaware, the Synchroettes, and Skyliners. The intermediate division fields 11 teams this year. The team to beat is Star Mates, who have won this competition for the past two years in a row. Skyliners and Team Delaware, gold and silver medalists at the Thanksgiving Classic respectively, will be fighting for top spot as well.
Three groups of beginner 1 and two groups of preliminary will compete Saturday evening. Following them, Synchroettes, the only team registered for junior, will be competing their short program. Closing out the night will be the Master’s division with two teams—Esprit de Corps and Gotham City Synchro.
The competition begins at 9:40 the next day as Chesapeake Captains and University of New Hampshire compete at the collegiate level. Following them will be the UNH open collegiate team, the only team in that division. The adult division is set to compete next with three teams including the 2013 national champions, Esprit de Corps.
Following an ice cut, 10 juvenile teams will take the ice. Skyliners, Synchroettes, Team Delaware, and Mini Mates will compete for spots on the podium. These four teams have all medaled this season, so competition will be stiff.
Synchroettes junior will skate their long program, and then two groups of open adult will compete. Last year’s gold medalists, Mystic Ice, will not be returning, so the top spot is up for grabs.
Concluding the competition are three groups of beginner 2, and one group of beginner 3. There are no teams registered for the senior division.