by Kennedy McKay
Many teams unveiled their programs at the 21st Dr. Porter Synchronized Classic. This past weekend, 179 teams took the ice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The junior division was an interesting event as some of the top teams at the 2016 U.S. Championships competed against each other for the first time this season. Ultimately, the Skyliners came out on top, scoring 56.02 points in their passionate “Untouchables” short program and 91.20 points in their “Last of the Mohicans” free skate. The Lexettes earned second place in their Lindsey Sterling themed short program and third place in their enticing “Titanic” free skate for a combined score of 137.90 points and second place. Chicago Jazz placed third overall, earning a total of 135.94 points from their dramatic Arch Angels short program and “The Godfather” themed free skate. The Starlights captured fourth place with a total of 128.74 points.
Teams in the senior division showcased top-notch speed and athleticism in their programs. The Crystallettes impressed the judges and captured first place in both programs with their powerful “Lean on Me” short program and whimsical “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” free skate, scoring a total of 167.22 points. The team was recently awarded another international assignment to the 2017 French Cup. Miami University Senior Varsity earned second place, scoring 157.40 points after their “Right Amount of Wrong” short program and powerful “Samson and Delilah” free skate. The Skyliners claimed third place after their “California Dreaming” short program and Whitney Houston free skate, earning 146.90. Adrian College skated to fourth place with a total of 135.30 points.
Saturday morning, three groups of open juvenile teams took the ice. Kalamazoo Kinetic skated to first place in Group A, earning a 5/1 majority. Allegro! skated to second place with a 4/3 majority, and Richmond Synchro and Ice Diamonds landed in third and fourth place. Dazzlers Blue, skating to a Hawaiian theme, captured first place in Group B with a 4/3 majority. Madison Ice Diamonds, Ice Force, and Capital Classics Intensity placed second through fourth. Group C was won by the Dazzlers Silver’s “Back to the Future” program and a 4/1 majority. Southern Stars, Crystallettes, and Precicettes Elite also earned medals in this group.
In the synchro skills division, Allegro!, Hockettes Blue, and Teams Elite won their respective synchro skills 1 groups. In synchro skills 2, Chicago Skates and Miami Skating Academy skated to first place in their groups. Ice Connect won synchro skills 3 with a 3/1 majority.
Starlights, skating to a Cindy Lou Hou program, won the preliminary event with a 5/1 majority. The Crystallettes earned a 5/2 majority and claimed the silver medal. In third place was Chicago Radiance, and Wisconsin Edge earned fourth.
In the novice division, the Skyliners skated to “Quest for Camelot” and earned a high score of 69.48 points. The Crystallettes’ “Lion King” program scored 54.18 points for second place. The Starlights skated to third place, with their Hawaiian themed program earning 53.66 points. Chicago Jazz, skating to “Swan Lake”, earned 51.94 points for fourth place.
DC Edge claimed first place in the adult event, scoring 50.73 points with their “Opening Night on Broadway” program. The Crystallettes skated to a Tina Turner program and earned second place with 48.50 points. In third place was Team Delaware with 45.01 points. The Starlights’ prison themed program scored 44.76 points for fourth place.
On Sunday, Starfire and Starlights earned first and second place in Group A with a 3/1 and 4/2 majority respectively. In Group B, Teams Elite skated to first place with a 5/1 majority, and Allegro! claimed second place with a 4/2 majority.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison captured first place, earning a 3/1 majority. In second place was Adrian College, who scored a 3/2 majority with their sassy “Grease” program. Grand Valley State University placed third with a 3/3 majority, and Miami University skated to fourth place with a 3/4 majority.
Allegro! skated to first place in the open masters event with a 5/1 majority. Radiance on Ice earned second place.
DC Edge won the masters event with an energetic “Blues Brothers” program and a 3/1 majority. In second place was Allegro!, earning a 3/2 majority with their “Bachelor” program. The Goldenettes skated to third place, and Team Delaware’s girl power program claimed fourth.
The stacked intermediate event proved to be an intense competition. Skyliners, skating to a wizard theme, won Group A with 54.47 points. Creative Edge earned 46.62 points, claiming the silver medal. The Starlights skated to a Vegas/Elvis themed program, and earned 45.94 points for third place. California Gold rounded out the top four with 42.11 points. In Group B, Team del Sol scored 55.28 points for first place. Team Delaware’s water themed program earned 53.67 points. Just behind them were Capital Ice Chips, who scored 52.28 points. Skating to a work theme, Allegro! claimed the pewter medal with 47.72 points.
The University of Michigan skated a strong fire themed program and earned 81.24 points for first place in the collegiate event. Miami University’s sassy trouble program scored 74.86 points. In third place was the University of Delaware scored 66.26 points with their ‘around the world’ skate. Adrian College skated a fierce program to Kanye and earned 63.82 points for fourth place.
In the juvenile division, Teams Elite came out on top. Their “Grease” program earned 42.00 points. Team Delaware skated a chilly winter themed program, earning 41.347 points and second place. The Starlights’ energetic cinema program scored 41.09 points for third place. In fourth place were the Hockettes, who earned 39.84 points skating to “Top Gun”.
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed! Taking place in the hometown of synchronized skating, this was an intense weekend of competition that featured high levels of athleticism and artistry.
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