The 2010 Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic got off to an early start Saturday morning with the Preliminary division starting at 8 a.m.
The competition lasted all day Saturday, ending with the Senior division that night. However, some teams had critique sessions even after the competition ended. Michigan State University skated their critique at 9 p.m. Saturday night, but did not compete in the Collegiate division at the competition earlier in the day.
Some highlights from the day:
The University of Illinois made their mark in the Senior division yesterday as they surpassed Western Michigan University in the standings and placed third in their division. Their Collegiate team, after placing fifth at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships last year, placed nearly 14 points below the second place University of Wisconsin. Western Michigan University won the Collegiate division, just four points above Wisconsin.
The Fond Du Lac Blades won the Intermediate division with a total score of 52, much higher than the first place team at the Thanksgiving Classic. The Blades skated to a melody from Glee and attempted mostly level 4 step sequences.
The Preliminary division was the first event of the day. Several of the teams had at least one fall, if not more. There was some talk in the stadium as to whether there was something on the ice.
The IJS system: The IJS system crashed during the competition yesterday. The panel had to judge everything by hand. The crash occurred during the Intermediate division.
Level 4 block: The level 4 block with the pivot is now being called the “quad” of synchronized skating. Most teams competing IJS did not attempt a level 4 block.
Open Juvenile-Group A