by Kennedy McKay
The 21st Dr. Porter Synchronized Classic will be its largest ever with 179 teams competing! Taking place December 2nd through 4th, the event is hosted by the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.
The competition kicks off on Friday with the junior short program. The junior division concludes on Saturday evening with the free skate. Coming off a gold medal at the 2016 U.S. National Championships, Chicago Jazz will challenge the Skyliners, who have won the Porter title for the past few seasons, for first place. The Lexettes, who earned the bronze medal at Nationals, are joining the competition this year. The Starlights had a strong showing at the Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic, earning first place in the short program and second place in the free skate, and are also medal contenders.
In the senior division, Miami University Senior Varsity will defend their gold medal from last year’s event. Miami University Junior Varsity will be joining them in the senior division. The Crystallettes, Skyliners, and Adrian College all look to earn another medal at this competition.
Saturday’s events begin with open juvenile. Twenty-six teams are split into three groups. Teams to watch in this group are the Dazzlers, who won the silver medal at the 2016 Midwestern Sectional Championships, Starlights, and Kalamazoo Kinetic.
A whopping 33 teams across three levels will compete in the synchro skills division. Revolution, Hockettes, and Chicago Skates are just a few of the teams hoping to claim a gold medal.
Eight teams will compete in the preliminary field. The Crystallettes and Starlights had solid skates at the Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic, and they hope to maintain their strong season. Chicago Radiance is also a strong medal contender.
The novice division will take place Saturday afternoon. The Crystallettes, Starlights, and Chicago Jazz all had strong performances at the Kalamazoo Kick-Off, and it will be interesting to see how the teams will line up this weekend. Teams Elite and ONYX Synchro are new to the field this season.
Next is the adult event with four teams. 2016 U.S National Championships gold medalists DC Edge will seek a first place finish this weekend. Returning to the adult division are the Starlights.
Kicking off the competition on Sunday is the pre-juvenile event. Nineteen teams in two groups are competing. Starlights, Teams Elite, and the Hockettes are a few of the teams hoping to skate to first place.
Nine teams will take the ice in the open collegiate event. The University of Wisconsin-Madison will look to capture another gold medal at this season’s competition. Miami University and Lindenwood University are also strong medal contenders. New to the open collegiate division this season are the Fighting Irish and the University of Maryland Terrapins Red Team and Black Team.
Allegro! and Radiance on Ice will compete in the open masters event. Allegro! captured gold at the 2016 Midwestern Sectional Championships.
Six teams will compete in the masters division. DC Edge, Allegro!, the Goldenettes, and Team Delaware earned first through fourth place respectively at the 2016 U.S. National Championships, and will face off again this weekend.
Following masters is the open adult event. Five teams will compete, and teams to watch are Buckeye Synchronized Skating and the Hockettes.
As always, the intermediate division is one of the largest. An outstanding 21 teams are split into two groups, and the Ice Diamonds and Capital Ice Chips will skate to defend their first place finishes from last year. The Skyliners, gold medalists at the 2016 U.S. National Championships, also hope to earn first place this weekend.
Following the intermediate event is the collegiate division. Miami University aims for another first place finish in this event. Challenging them will be last year’s national silver medalists, University of Michigan, and last year’s Porter silver medalists, University of Delaware.
The juvenile event will conclude this year’s competition. Twelve teams will compete in the newly IJS division. Last year, the juvenile division was split into two groups, and both the Chicago Jazz and Teams Elite return to defend their gold medals. The Starlights, who earned first place at the Kalamazoo Kick-Off, look to maintain their golden streak this season.
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