by Erin Bold
The competition season kicked off this weekend with the New England Challenge Cup at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA.
The competition started on Friday evening with the junior short program. The top three teams were all within two-tenths of a point from one another. Lexettes posted a score of 52.62 with a clean performance of their program featuring music by Lindsey Stirling, closely followed by Les Pirouettes (CAN) with a score of 52.60. Skyliners finished third with a score of 52.46 for their Untouchables program. Nexxice (CAN) came in 4th with a score of 47.52.
Following the junior short was the senior short. Team Unique from Finland earned the top score of 63.46 with their Ramalama Bang Bang program. The Haydenettes came in second with a score of 60.44 for their Gladiator program. Skyliners finished third with their California Dreaming program earning a score of 50.72, and Crystallettes finished fourth with a score of 49.10 for their Lean on Me program.
The competition resumed on Saturday with the novice event. Ice Mates earned the top spot with their Hunchback of Notre Dame program, scoring 52.42. Cleveland Edges finished second with a score of 32.68 for their program featuring selections of classical music.
Star Mates took home the gold in the intermediate event with a score of 42.26 for their Beauty and the Beast program. Synchro Stars earned the silver with a score of 31.57 for their Disney Villains program. Cleveland Edges finished third, with their Grease program earning a score of 31.37. The Colonials finished fourth with a score of 29.25.
Debuting their jungle themed program, the Mini Mates were the first juvenile team to compete under IJS. Their performance earned 25.58.
Skyliners won the junior free skate skating to Last of the Mohicans with a score of 87.66 to win overall with a total score of 140.12. Lexettes scored 86.32 in their Titanic themed free skate to finish second overall just about a point behind Skyliners with 138.94. With an even slimmer margin between second and third, Les Pirouettes claimed the bronze with 138.36 overall. Nexxice finished fourth with 127.96.
The competition concluded with the senior free skate. Team Unique’s Angels and Demons themed free skate sealed the deal on their overall first place finish with a total combined score of 174.32. The Haydenettes trailed 20 points behind, securing a total score of 154.32 between their short program and Prince free skate. Skyliners claimed the bronze with 132.62. Crystallettes did not compete in the free skate.
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