While everyone back home is struggling through the last days of classes and mid terms leading up to spring break, the Miami University Varsity Skating Teams are a long ways away from the classroom. This week, Miami Varsity Skating is competing in the 2012 United States Synchronized Skating Championships in Worcester, Massachusetts. All three teams will be competing this week with our senior team fighting for a spot at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships for the second year in a row, and our collegiate team defending their national title and hoping to tie Michelle Kwan’s record for most consecutive national titles.
Monday morning, all the teams came together for a final early morning practice before starting our journey to Massachusetts. We boarded the buses that afternoon, leaving behind some of the nicest weather Ohio has seen in a while. It was a long ride from Oxford, but we finally arrived at our hotel in Worcester last night just in time for a team dinner. We traveled over 15 hours, across the eastern United States, and crossed through 6 states, many of which members of our team had never been to before.
We began our first day here with an unofficial practice and the New England Sports Center. Both collegiate and junior started the day strong with great practices and full runs of all our programs. We spent the afternoon trying to turn in all that last minute, pre-spring break homework and taking coach proctored tests. We had a delicious Italian team dinner at Buca di Beppo before heading out to our last unofficial practice of the day at the DCU Center.
All of the teams looked great. Overall we feel prepared and are enthusiastic about the upcoming competition. All of the junior teams have official practice in the morning and we compete the short tomorrow night! For many of us on the junior team, this will be our first time out on the National stage. Our team is pumped and ready to make the DCU center “get loud” with our short program. Worcester, MA, I hope you’re ready for us!
Look out for more updates throughout the competition from Miami!
Love & Honor,