By Hannah Solmor
The Junior World Team Selection Event, more commonly known as the junior world qualifier (JWQ), took place this past weekend. The Lexettes and Skyliners earned spots on the world team and will head to Zagreb, Croatia for the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships March 13 to 14.
The Short Program
The short program event was fierce and many teams performed great programs, but only about half the teams skated clean.
The Skyliners pulled out ahead in the short program with a full call on its travel circle, intersection, and pivoting line, earning them a score of 59.81. They also received the highest component score out of all the teams.
With a separation of only 3.88 points, Lexettes took the silver in the short program. It too received a full call on its travel circle, intersection, and pivoting line, in addition to its moves element. The team gained almost 6 points in grade of executions (GOEs).
Last year’s JWQ silver medalists, the Chicago Jazz, took the bronze in short with a score of 49.20, and received a full call on its circle and pivoting line. Braemar took fourth and Synergy took fifth. The rest of the competition was close. Approximately 2.5 points separated seventh through eleventh place.
Unexpectedly, Saturday’s long program event dropped from the initial 12 teams to only ten. California Gold headed home early because its original flight from the competition was cancelled due to the weather. It was, however, still able to exhibition its program before it left. The Starlights also withdrew from the long program because of several illnesses. Nine out of the 17 girls caught the stomach flu the night before.
The Long Program
All teams put up a great fight in the long program, but in the end the Lexettes pulled ahead with the Skyliners in a close second place. The Lexettes executed a clean long program receiving no deductions, and a full call on its line, pair element, intersection and wheel. It also gained ten points in GOEs. Lexettes scored 103.43, enough to overtake the Skyliners, who scored a 94.16 in the long program.
The Skyliners had two falls but still received a full call on its intersection, line, pair element and moves element. The team’s highest component mark was choreography (7.64), the second highest of the competition.
The Chicago Jazz took third place overall with a score of 133.41, but finished fourth in the long program with a score of 84.21. The team received a full call on its circle and pair element, and gained a few points in GOE.
The Hockettes came back from an eighth place finish in short program to a third place finish in long, and a fourth place finish overall. The team earned a score of 86.75, about 5 points of which it gained in GOE.
Team Braemar scored 81.28 in the long, and 127.52 overall, landing it in fifth overall. St. Louis Synergy took sixth, Fond du Lac Blades took seventh, Miami University eighth, Synchroettes ninth, and Team Delaware tenth.
Congratulations to all teams who competed. Good luck to Lexettes and Skyliners!
Here is a screen grab of the final results for the event:
New England Challenge Cup
Friday’s competition kicked off with the open juvenile event. There were six teams in the event. Three teams from the championship round at easterns competed, and the same three took home the medals from the NECC. Nor’Easters took the gold with a 3/1 majority, Synchro Stars earned silver, and the Munchkins took the bronze. Synchroettes had the same majority as Munchkins, but took fourth.
Next was the senior short program event between the Haydenettes and Starlights. Hayden performed its James Bond program and received a score of 60.83. Starlights skated a clean program to the song “I Got The Music in Me” by the Kiki Dee Band and earned a score of 46.76. Both teams will compete again at nationals at the end of February. For the senior division, nationals is also the qualifying event for the world competition.
Next was the masters division. The Esprit de Corps masters team was the only team to compete in the masters level.
The beginner 2 division took the ice first on Saturday. Synchro Stars won the division and received all first place ordinals. Mini Shooting Stars earned second, The Colonials third, and Synchroettes finished in fourth. In beginner 3, the Synchro Stars took first and Snowflurries received second. In beginner 1 group A, Skyliners took the gold over Synchro Stars Black. Skyliners also took the gold in the Beginner 1 group B followed by Synchro Stars Pink and the Synchroettes.
In the juvenile division, the Skyliners took first with a 4/1 majority, and the Mini Mates followed with a 4/2 majority. Synchroettes took third, Team image took fourth, and Team Excel took fifth. The top three teams medaled in the same order at easterns a few weeks ago.
One of the most exciting events of the weekend was the intermediate division competition. Seven teams from the East Coast competed and the Skyliners came out on top with a high technical score of 28.92 and a total score of 60.11. Starmates followed behind with a total score of 53.74. Team Excel took the bronze medal with a close score of 48.58. Only the top two teams with compete again at nationals.
The preliminary division was also relatively large and was also a very close competition. Synchroettes and Skyliners tied for the gold, but Synchroettes ended up in first and Skyliners in second. Skyliners beat the Synchroettes at easterns. Shooting Stars, which took third last weekend, also beat Synchroettes at easterns. Team Image took fourth.
The novice division was a nail biter. Eastern sectional silver medalists, the Skyliners, took home the gold. Only .9 of a point separated them from the Ice Mate’s, which earned a one point deduction for a fall. Chicago Jazz took third with 56.66 points, 6.14 points behind Ice Mates. All three teams will skate again at nationals.
Only the Haydenettes competed in the senior free skate. Starlights withdrew because of illnesses. The Haydenettes skated a clean program and scored 131.68 points. This is almost a 20 point gain from its score at the French Cup only a few weeks ago.
In the pre juvenile event, the Skyliners took gold with a 5/1 majority. Shooting Stars took silver, and The Colonials took third.
The collegiate division was one of the main events of this competition. This year, the Metroettes, newcomers to the division, won the event and the collegiate trophy with a score of 79.98. About nine points behind was the University of New Hampshire followed very closely by last year’s winners the University of Massachusetts SST. Boston University’s team took fourth with a score of 59.73.
The last event in the New England Challenge Cup was the adult division. Esprit de Corps won the event with 58.98 points, followed by The Colonials who score 56.84 points. It was a close event as The Colonials had a higher technical score but Esprit de Corps’ had a slightly higher component score.
For the results of the event click here.
The next big event is nationals, which will be held in Providence, Rhode Island at the end of February. Follow Get It Called on all forms of social media to stay updated until then!