by Taylor Kennedy
This past weekend, teams competed at the 41st Annual Tri-State Synchronized Skating Competition in Dearborn, MI. Typically a smaller competition, this year the event hosted the Junior World Qualifier making it a high profile and exciting competition.
Competition began Friday night with the junior short program. With a season’s best score of 66.51 and level 4s for their block, wheel and step sequence, the Lexettes finished in first place. Behind them were the Skyliners with a score of 62.47; they also earned level 4s in their block and wheel. The only team in the top three to earn a level 4 on both their no hold and step sequence, Chicago Jazz earned a score of 55.22 and which gave them third. Starlights ended the short program in 4th place with a score of 45.32.
After separating themselves with a four-point lead after the short program, Lexettes claimed the overall top spot with a freeskate score of 109.94 and a total score of 176.45-nearly 30 points higher than their score at the Mozart Cup last month. Despite winning the freeskate with a score of 112.97, Skyliners ended the competition in second place with a total score of 175.44. Chicago Jazz took third place in the freeskate with a score of 98.22 and third place overall with a score of 153.44. Starlights earned a freeskate score of 89.55 and an overall score of 134.78, good enough for a fourth place finish.
Lexettes and Skyliners will go on to represent the United States at the Junior World Challenge Cup held in Zagreb, Croatia March 11-12. With less than a point separating the top two teams this weekend, the junior division at Nationals is shaping up to be an exhilarating one.
Saturday morning began with three groups of beginner 2 teams. Ice Diamonds, Southgate Stars and Team Ices made up the top three in Group A. Top finishers in Group B were Hockettes, Phoenix and Allegro. Ice Connect, Northern Lights and Crystallettes claimed the top spots in Group C. Ice Connect was the only beginner 3 team to compete.
Later in the day, two groups of beginner 1 teams competed. Crystallettes took the gold in Group A with Kalamazoo Kinetic and Cleveland Edges claiming silver and bronze. Allegro won Group B with Coliseum Comets and Evolution rounding out the top three.
After placing third at Midwestern Sectionals last month, Hockettes took the gold in the juvenile division with Crystallettes earning the silver and Chicago Jazz taking the bronze. Rounding out the top four was Cleveland Edges.
In the open masters division, Lake Effect Flurries took home the gold and Radiance on Ice claimed silver.
Midwestern Sectional champions Crystallettes once again claimed the top spot in the preliminary division. Silver went to Evolution and Cleveland Edges took the bronze. Kalamazoo Kinetic rounded out the top four.
Ice Force took the top spot in the open juvenile division. They were followed by Cleveland Edges Red who ended the competition in second place. Louisville River Stars took third and Cleveland Edges White claimed fourth place.
On the ice next, Phoenix took first place the pre juvenile division. Crystalletes placed second and Hockettes placed third. Coliseum Comets rounded out the top four.
In the intermediate division, Starlights took the top spot with a score of 50.04. Less than a point behind them were Crystallettes with a score of 49.56. Chicago Jazz took third place with 46.52 and following very closely behind Cleveland Edges took fourth with a 46.45.
With a score of 89.84, Western Michigan University claimed the top spot in the collegiate division, scoring nearly ten points higher than they did at Midwestern Sectionals last month. 76.33 was enough for Michigan State to claim the silver; more than 20 points higher than their score at Sectionals. Less than a point separated third place University of Michigan (75.67) and fourth place University of Delaware (75.13). With a score of 57.98, The Fighting Irish from the University of Notre Dame rounded out the field of 5.
Crystallettes took the top spot in the novice division with a score of 66.23. Starlights earned a score of 56.70 and a silver medal. Following very closely behind with a score of 56.42 was Chicago Jazz. Fourth place went to Kalamazoo Kinetic with a score of 48.39.
In the open adult division Cleveland Edges claimed the top spot. They were followed by Eclipse, Phoenix and Grand Valley to round out the top four.
In the last division of the competition, Motor City Collegiate took the gold medal in open collegiate. Ohio University took the silver.
Thank you to the Dearborn Figure Skating Club for a successful competition weekend and congratulations to all teams that competed!