by Kari Savoie
The 2017 Mid-America Synchronized Skating Championships was a fantastic event for all of the skaters, spectators, and officials.
The Synchro Skills 1 division proved to be very exciting with Crystallettes winning Group “A” with strong ordinals. The second, third, fourth, and fifth place finishers were Hockettes-Red, Cleveland Edges, Allegro!, and Ice Connect, respectively. In Group “B,” Evolution came out on top followed by Fraser Eclipse, Ice Diamonds, Onyx, and Creative Edge- Red. Group “C” was the biggest of the three groups and Hockettes won with a 5/1 majority. Northern Lights, Southgate Stars, Arctic Ice Unity, Livonia Icettes, and Creative Edge- Black followed with strong performances.
Then, the intermediate teams took the ice for a dynamic event. Crystallettes won the gold medal with 48.73 points for their Elvis program, improving their score for Dr. Porter by around two points, and Allegro! skated to a Work Hard theme, winning the silver medal with 48.62 points. Creative Edge also had a great skate and received 46.71 points—an improvement from their Dr. Porter score.
Preliminary was a small, but mighty event, as Crystallettes defended their title and won with all first place ordinals. Fraser Eclipse came right behind them to capture the silver medal.
Synchro Skills 3 was a very fun event for the skaters who are relatively new to synchronized skating. Ice Force took the gold medal followed by Allegro! with the silver medal. Southgate Stars and Ice Connect came in third and fourth place, respectively.
The collegiate teams skating in Fraser had an absolute blast while showing off their programs. University of Michigan handily took first place with their Fire program, moving up from third place last year, with 79.57 points followed by University of Delaware with 68.95 points. Their score was about two points higher than their score at Dr. Porter and they skated to an Around the World theme. The bronze medal went to Michigan State University with 68.41 points, a ten point increase from Dr. Porter, and Adrian College Varsity took pewter medal with 67.06 points earned for their Kanye West program.
Although Crystallettes was the sole team in the adult division, put their energetic Tina Turner program earned a great score of 45.87 points to win the gold medal.
Then, Adrian College Varsity performed a powerful senior short program to “Rise.” They earned a total of 46.58 points. They competed their free skate to Evita later in the day and earned a total of 105.23 points, so their competition total amounted to 151.81 points. Their combined total was about eight points higher than at Dr. Porter.
The juvenile teams took the ice next and Fusion, newcomers to this particular event, won the division with 40.25 points with an adorable marching band program. Crystallettes skated to Matilda and took second place with 39.51 points, while Evolution placed in third with their Pokémon program earning 30.20 points, which is about four points higher than at Dr. Porter. Onyx skated to Peter Pan and won the pewter medal with 27.94 points, which was a vast improvement from Dr. Porter.
Open juvenile was another fantastic event. In Group “A,” Crystallettes took first place, Allegro! came in second place, Miami Skating Academy finished in third place, and Steel City Blades took the pewter medal. Ice Force and Southgate Stars took fifth and sixth place, respectively. Kalamazoo Kinetic improved on their pewter medal in 2016 and won Group “B” followed by Team Chiller, Hockettes, Livonia Icettes, Starr Blades, and Team Ices.
Following the senior free skate, the novice division began with two teams. Crystallettes skated to Lion King and won first place with 64.82 points, defending their 2016 gold medal with a score ten points higher than Dr. Porter. Onyx took second place with 47.31 points for their Dark Circus program.
Pre-juvenile competed next in one large group of ten teams. The top four finishers were Hockettes, improving on their third place finish from last year’s competition, Kalamazoo Kinetic, Allegro!, and Evolution.
In the open masters event, Allegro! defended their title and Evolution took second place. Hot Flashes and Onyx won the bronze and pewter medals, respectively.
Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to the Fraser Figure Skating Club for putting on an excellent event.
Note: At the time of publication results were not available for open adult, open collegiate, masters, tot, and Synchro Skills 2. If you have information pertaining to the results of these events please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will update this article.