By Megan Romeo
Miami University junior team
After a two-week semester break, the Miami Junior Varsity Team returned to campus determined and ready to work hard in preparation for the 2012 junior world qualifier competition. While the first day of practice seemed like it was never going to end, the team improved continually through long on-ice and off-ice practices. We reminded each other of the goals we had set for the week and the program improved day by day. Before we knew it, we were on a plane headed to Massachusetts.
Friday night Miami skated into fourth place with our sassy “Cha Cha” themed program, which received a score of 41.62. The amount of energy the team gave off was almost tangible in the arena. With the lighting of a full stadium, our dresses shined almost brighter than our smiles. After our performance, the team agreed it had one of our best performances.
But we weren’t done yet. Saturday night, we entered the rink ready to compete. We were ready to give it our all, no holding back. And that was just what we did. Despite a fall and a scary locking of blades, we were proud of our performance. “You didn’t fall because of silly mistakes, you fell because you went for it and you were trying your best,” said coach Carla DiGirolamo in the locker room after our performance.
Miami earned 114 points overall and landed in fifth place.
“I was pleased with our performances, especially after taking in the fact that we had one week to prepare. We worked hard and got the results we hoped for,” said Lauren Szandzik, one of the team captains. “We will keep working hard to improve and raise the bar for Miami University’s Junior Varsity Synchronized Skating Team!”