by Taylor Kennedy
From February 12-13, the Dearborn Figure Skating Club will host the 41st Annual Tri-State Synchronized Skating Competition at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center. This year, the competition will also feature the Junior World Qualifier; the first time the Dearborn Figure Skating Club will host this event.
Kicking off the event on Friday evening will be the junior short program. This year eleven junior teams will compete to earn one of two spots on the Junior World Team. Last year’s team of Skyliners (USA 1) and Lexettes (USA 2) will compete against Crystallettes, Starlights, Team Delaware, Synchroettes, Fond du Lac Blades, Chicago Jazz, Hockettes, California Gold and Miami University.
Skyliners and Lexettes look to earn another trip to Junior Worlds, held this year in Zagreb, Croatia. Having already competed internationally twice this season, Skyliners captured the gold at the Leon Lurje Trophy with a score of 167.23 and bronze at the French Cup with a score of 153.14. Lexettes took the silver at the Mozart Cup last month with a score of 148.32.
Both Skyliners and Lexettes will face stiff competition from Chicago Jazz who last qualified for the event in 2014. The team is fresh off a win at the Neuchatel Trophy where they achieved an overall score of 148.07; ten points above second place finishers NEXXICE (CAN). The team will also travel to the Spring Cup later this month. Fond du Lac Blades, back in the junior division after a few years hiatus, is expected to make a strong showing. Competing at its first international competition this season, the team earned a bronze medal and a total score of 136.24 at the Neuchatel Trophy.
Following the short program, junior teams will compete the free skate on Saturday night. While the top two finishers at this event will represent the United States in Croatia, it is expected that the distinctions of USA 1 and USA 2 will be decided following the conclusion of the junior division at Nationals later this month.
After the conclusion of the junior short program Friday night one team, Crystallettes, will compete in the adult division. Skating to a Chicago medley, the team won the Midwestern Sectional Championships last month with a score of 51.69.
To end the competition day on Friday, Crystallettes senior will exhibit both their short and free programs.
Starting off the competition on Saturday morning will be beginner 2. Thirteen teams will compete in three groups of four or five. Group A includes Team Ices, Eclipse, Ice Diamonds and Southgate Stars. Phoenix, Allegro, The Fighting Irish and Hockettes will compete in group B and Crystallettes, Creative Edge, Ice Connect, Northern Lights and Shoreline Blaze will compete in group C. At the conclusion of this division, one beginner 3 team, Ice Connect, will compete.
Following beginner 3, 2016 Midwestern Sectional Champions Chicago Jazz will compete against Evolution, Cleveland Edges, Hockettes and Crystallettes in the juvenile division. Hockettes and Chicago Jazz are top contenders in this division as both teams will be competing at Nationals later this month.
Eight open juvenile teams will take the ice next. Lucky 7, Fire on Ice, Cleveland Edges Red, Hockettes, Louisville River Stars, Cleveland Edges White, Ice Force and Shouthgate Stars will all compete. With no Midwestern Sectional medalists in this group, the field is wide open and should be an interesting competition.
Up next will be two groups of beginner 1 teams. In group A Kalamazoo Kinetic, Crsytallettes, Cleveland Edges and Hockettes will compete. Group B includes Eclipse, Allegro, Evolution, Ice Connect and Coliseum Comets.
Following the junior free skate, two open masters teams, Radiance on Ice and Lake Effect Flurries, will take the ice. Neither of these teams competed at the Midwestern Sectional Championships this season.
Four preliminary teams will compete next including 2016 Midwestern Sectional Champion Crystallettes. They will compete against sectional pewter medalists Kalamazoo Kinetic as well as Evolution and Cleveland Edges.
Next up will be the pre-juvenile division, which will feature six teams. Midwestern Sectional silver medalists Crystallettes will compete against Creative Edge, Hockettes, United Ice, Phoenix and Coliseum Comets.
Four intermediate teams will compete next. Crystallettes, Chicago Jazz and Cleveland Edges will look to challenge Midwestern Sectional 5th place finishers Starlights.
Five teams will compete in the collegiate division including both Midwestern Sectional Champions, Western Michigan University, and Eastern Sectional Champions, University of Delaware. The group also includes University of Michigan who finished less than a point behind Western Michigan at Sectionals as well as Michigan State University and the Fighting Irish.
On the ice next will be the novice division where five teams will compete. Crystallettes captured gold at the Midwestern Sectional championships and they will be competing against Starlights and Chicago Jazz who earned the silver and bronze, respectively. Hockettes and Kalamazoo Kinetic will round out the field.
One of the biggest divisions of the competition, open adult will compete next and feature eight teams. Midwestern sectional bronze and pewter medalists Hockettes and Phoenix will compete against Diamond Diva, Buckeye, Eclipse, Turning Point, Grand Valley and Cleveland Edges.
Up next will be open collegiate division, featuring two teams. Ohio University will compete against Motor City Collegiate to close out the entire competition.
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