by Kennedy McKay
This weekend, over 100 teams will travel from all across the country to compete in twelve 6.0 events at the 22nd Annual Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Classic. Hosted by the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, the competition will take place from December 1st to 3rd.
Kicking off the competition for the 6.0 divisions is open juvenile groups A, B, and C on Saturday, December 2nd. Dazzlers Blue and Dazzlers Silver, both coming off big wins at the Kalamazoo Kick Off Classic, will seek to earn another set of gold medals in groups A and B. Starlights, the reigning Midwestern Sectional champions, hope to skate to first place in group C.
14 teams across three groups will compete in the synchro skills 1 event. This is the season debut for numerous teams and will be an exciting event to watch. Chicago Skates and Evolution, two teams who have already competed this season, will both be strong contenders in this event.
The synchro skills 2 event is split into two groups. Chicago Skates and Livonia Icettes have had solid appearances so far this season and look to place high in their respective groups. Like the synchro skills 1 division, this is an exciting season debut for many teams.
In the preliminary event, Teams Elite aims to earn another gold medal this season. Starfire and the Hockettes are also key teams to watch.
Evolution and ONYX will compete head-to-head in the synchro skills 3 event.
The Snowplow Sam division concludes events on Saturday, featuring the Livonia Icettes and Fraser Eclipse.
Sunday’s events begin with the pre-juvenile division. 20 teams will compete across three groups. Crystallettes and the Fond du Lac Blades claimed the gold medal in Kalamazoo and are teams to watch in groups A and C. Team Delaware earned the bronze medal at the Boston Classic and looks to improve its standings in group B.
The open collegiate division will be an exciting event to watch, as 11 teams will be competing. Adrian College claimed first at Kalamazoo and will look to challenge last year’s Porter Classic champion, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Miami University, the 2017 Midwestern Sectional champion, is also a strong contenders.
Cold Fusion, Evolution, and Allegro! are competing in the open masters division. Allegro! claimed first place at Kalamazoo. The team also won the gold medal at last year’s Porter Classic.
Seven teams skate in the masters event. 2017 Midwestern Sectional champions Allegro! aims to have a strong season debut. Goldenettes SST, the reigning Midwestern Sectional silver medalists, also hope to place high.
The open adult event will be highly competitive with eight teams skating. Strong contenders include Infinity-Onyx, first place finishers at Kalamazoo, and Allegro!, the 2016 Porter Classic champions.
Get excited #causeitsPorterweek! Make sure to follow Get It Called on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #portersynchro to stay updated with everything happening this weekend. Best of luck to everyone competing!