by Ceci Picard
On Saturday, November 4th, 2017 Ice Diamonds Synchronized Skating Team and the Mentor Figure Skating Club will be hosting the 11th Annual Diamond Classic at the Mentor Civic Arena in Mentor, Ohio. This will be the first competition in the Midwest for the 2017-2018 competitive season.
This will be a very eventful day with all teams competing on Saturday. Starting the competition is the senior division, with Adrian College Varsity Synchronized Skating Team and Miami University Senior Varsity Synchronized Skating Team. Both teams are coming off of strong seasons and successful performances at nationals last year. Miami placed 3rd in the short, 4th in the free skate, finishing in 4th place, and Adrian placed 5th in both programs as well as overall.
These two teams have also been selected to represent Team USA this season. Miami will compete in Germany at the Cup of Berlin in January. Adrian will compete at the Mozart Cup held in Austria in January and in Scotland, in February, at the Trophy D’Ecosse. The short program will begin at 9:45 am, and the free skate is scheduled for 12:52 that afternoon.
Following the senior short event, will be the Goldenettes competing in the masters division and the Crystallettes and Cleveland Ice Storm in synchro skills 1. The biggest event of the day will be the pre-juvenile competition, beginning at 10:31, and consisting of the Crystallettes, Team Chiller, Ice Diamonds, Cleveland Ice Storm, United Ice, and Steel City blades. After these events, the Crystallettes juvenile line will compete at 11:15. Ice Diamonds and Allegro! will be competing in the intermediate division beginning at 11:23.
Adrian College and Miami University’s Collegiate teams will also be competing, starting at 11:39. These lines finished 5th and 2nd at last year nationals, respectively. Following that division will be synchro skills 2 at 12:14 and preliminary at 12:25. Closing the day, at 1:09, will be the open juvenile division with Allegro!, Steel City Blades, Team Chiller, and Ice Diamonds.
This event is sure to be exciting as it is still very early in the competitive season and it will be an opportunity to watch these team’s programs for the first time. If you are local, this will be a great event to go watch, or you can keep up with the competition on our Get It Called results Twitter page, @GIC_Results.