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ANN ARBOR—The 2010 Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Classic will take place this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Dr. Porter Classic marks the first major competition of the year. Teams from all over the U.S., as well as teams from Finland and Canada, will compete beginning Saturday morning.
Skaters and coaches often label the Dr. Porter competition as a “mini nationals.” It is the first time teams from across the country compete against each other in a competitive environment with some of the toughest judging panels. Although skaters and coaches put a strong emphasis on this competition, in the past results have changed drastically from the Dr. Porter Classic to the regional championships, to nationals.
Last year, the Collegiate division took the synchronized skating community by surprise when The University of Delaware came out on top, surpassing long time National Champions, Miami University. The University of Delaware attempted mostly level 3 elements and level 3 step sequences, but performed them beautifully, earning high Grades of Execution and placing them at the top of the division.
It will be interesting to see which teams attempt level 4s and which teams attempt level 3s. If teams with level 3s earn high enough GOEs they may have a chance to surpass some of the teams attempting level 4s that aren’t as polished this early in the season. The question remains: will doing easier steps and elements earn you a higher placement than attempting the more difficult elements?
Some teams who attempted level 3s early in the year last year did not move up to level 4s by the end of the year. Their competitors who began the year attempting level 4s perfected their elements and ended the year with higher technical marks. The University of Delaware added in level 4 step sequences after Porter last year, but refrained from adding in more difficult elements like the level 4 lines. Miami University kept their level 4s in their program and worked on perfecting them. Miami University came out on top again last year at nationals, with a close second place finish by The University of Michigan, who should also be a top contender in the division this year.
In the Senior division the Haydenettes and the Crystallettes will compete against each other for the first time since the 2010 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships last April. They will be challenged by Miami University, the reigning National bronze medalists, and the highest placing U.S. World Team in history, who earned a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, as well as Team Unique from Finland, who earned a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships.
Team Unique joins the competition in the U.S. to get a jump-start on the international arena this season. Competition among the top ranking Finnish teams, Team Unique, Fintastic and Marigold Ice Unity, will be especially fierce this year as they battle it out for the two Finnish spots on the World team to compete on their home turf for the 2011 World Championships.
The two largest divisions at Dr. Porter this weekend are the Open-Juvenile division with 24 teams and the Intermediate division with 21 entrants. The reigning National gold, silver and bronze medalists will all be in attendance—Team Del Sol, Team Reflections and the Fond Du Lac Blades respectively. Competition will be fierce in this division because of the sheer volume and talent of this age group.
Many of the Team USA Junior teams will compete this weekend including the Skyliners, Chicago Jazz, Miami University and the Hockettes. Missing from the competition will be National Champions, Team Braemar and National Bronze medalists, the Lexettes. Joining the Junior division this season is Evolution, formerly a Senior division competitor. Our top U.S. Junior teams will have the opportunity this weekend to match up with top Canadian competitors including Nexxice and Gold Ice.
The competition will begin tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for live results and in-depth program analysis.
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Here is the schedule: http://www.portersynchroclassic.com/schedule.htm
Good luck to all teams competing!
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