by Katie Fiore
This year, ninety-one (91) teams will meet in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Hosted by the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association, the event will take place at the Wings Event Center this Wednesday through Saturday. Here’s a preview:
|1||Team Ashburn||66.88||1||Capital Ice Chips||73.08||1||Denver Synchronicity||59.11|
|2||Skyliners||66.45||2||Teams Elite||70.64||2||Team Del Sol||54.63|
|3||Chesapeake Sailors||59.35||3||Creative Edge||59.64||3||EPIC EDGE||47.45|
As always, the teams in the intermediate division began their trip to nationals with a fierce fight at their respective sectionals. While some consistent national medal contenders qualified, there were some real shakeups at sectionals, changing the landscape of this particular national’s field. It is hard to believe, but out of last year’s national medalists, the top three (DC Edge [East], Star Mates [East] and Ice Diamonds [MW]) did not qualify. From the east, Team Ashburn, The Chesapeake Sailors and Team Image are all new this year. From the Midwest, Creative Edge is a new entry and the Dazzlers have returned to the national stage. From the West, Team Del Sol and Fusion replaced last year’s Silver Stars and Tremors, who are both fielding junior teams. There were some big numbers put up by perennial national medalist Capital Ice Chips, as well as Teams Elite, making their debut in the division this season.
|1||Ice Mates||69.04||1||Crystallettes||70.06||1||Team Del Sol||51.22|
|3||Team Image||57.21||3||Chicago Jazz||59.25|
|5||DC Edge||54.19||5||Saint Louis Synergy||54.68|
The novice division is great again this year. The consistent top performers in the division, Crystallettes, Ice Mates, Starlights and Skyliners were all first and second at their respective sectional championships. Crystallettes will be entering nationals with a so far undefeated season and the highest season average score. The scores for these four teams are close and their programs exciting! New to the table this year from the East are Team Image and Team Ashburn and from the MW, the Dazzlers’ newest team. Get a good seat for this one!
|1||Team Delaware||118.32||1||Starlights||135.92||1||California Gold||119.78|
|2||Synchroettes||105.50||2||Hockettes||129.38||2||Rose City Crystals||79.26|
|3||Miami U Jr Varsity||120.20||3||Silver Stars||72.22|
|Lexettes||BYE||Fond du Lac Blades||BYE|
|1||Lexettes||176.45||1||Skyliners||167.23||Leon Lurje (1st)|
|2||Skyliners||175.44||2||Chicago Jazz||155.42||Spring Cup (1st)|
|3||Chicago Jazz||153.44||3||Skyliners||153.14||French Cup (3rd)|
|4||Starlights||134.78||4||Lexettes||148.23||Mozart Cup (2nd)|
|5||Fond du Lac||127.33||5||Chicago Jazz||148.07||Neuchatel (1st)|
|6||California Gold||115.70||6||Fond du Lac||136.24||Neuchatel (2nd)|
If you watched any of the JWQ a few weeks ago than you know how competitive the junior division is this year. The top two finishers there, Lexettes and Skyliners were only a point a part. Bronze medalists Chicago Jazz have performed very well internationally and are coming off their second gold medal at the Spring Cup. Keep an eye out for the Hockettes, Fond du Lac Blades, and the Starlights, as they will be contenders for a spot on the podium.
|1||Team Excel||114.83||1||Team Del Sol||139.06|
|Haydenettes (2nd)||200.09||Leon Lurje (2nd)|
|Miami (2nd)||181.60||Spring Cup (2nd)|
|Miami (2nd)||164.49||Mozart Cup (2nd)|
|Team Del Sol (1st)||156.80||Trophy D’Escosse (1st)|
|Adrian (7th)||153.66||Spring Cup (7th)|
|Crystallettes (7th)||149.96||French Cup (7th)|
|Skyliners (4th)||146.31||Neuchatel (4th)|
|ICE’Kateers (2nd)||141.85||Trophy D’Escosse (2nd)|
Finally we get to see a full selection of senior teams compete. There are eight (8) teams vs. ten (10) last year, with the loss of Starlight’s and Western Michigan. Most teams had byes to sectionals due to their international assignments. Haydenettes had a great showing at Leon Lurje posting a 200.09 score, a huge improvement over their debut at the Boston Classic with a 177.96. Miami is coming off a terrific performance and 2nd place finish at Spring Cup. The 2016 U.S. World Team will be selected at this competition, to compete at the World Synchronized Skating Championships this April in Budapest, Hungary as Team USA 1 and 2. The Crystallettes have received similar scores to the Skyliners all season, and will be battling it out for a top spot. Adrian and Team Del Sol are also contenders for a spot on the podium. After a crazy season in the senior division, it will be incredibly exciting to see how it all plays out this weekend.
|U. Delaware||77.14||Western Michigan Univ||80.22|
|Metroettes||75.12||U of Michigan SST||79.50|
|U. Mass||61.88||Miami U||78.56|
|U. Maryland||Team North Dakota||56.32|
|U of Illinois||55.20|
|Michigan State U||54.22|
A big shake up at sectionals put both WMU and U Michigan ahead of Miami in the Collegiate division, upsetting their usual title as Midwestern Champions. It will be a tight race between the three Midwestern finalists, U Delaware and the Metroettes.
|1||Esprit de Corps||59.74||Crystallettes||51.69||Denver Synchronicity||51.62|
|2||DC Edge||56.60||Western Mich Alum||50.99||California Gold||49.94|
|3||Team Delaware||55.41||Washington Ice Emerald||33.84|
The adult division remains competitive. Look for perennial medalists Esprit de Corps, DC Edge and Crystallettes to fend off challenges from Team Delaware, WMU Alumni, California Gold and Denver Synchronicity.
|2||DC Edge||Teams Elite||California Gold|
The juvenile division features some different entries from last year’s nationals. With the PAC coast addition of the Cascades meant no extra spots for the East and Midwest teams. This year Team Delaware replaces the Synchroettes from the east. From the Midwestern section, the Hockettes and Dazzlers earned their spots to national while Crystallettes and Starlights did not. Look for an exciting competition here!
|1||DC Edge||Goldenettes||Denver Synchronicity|
|2||Team Delaware||Allegro!||California Gold|
|3||Gotham City Synchro||Wisconsin Edge||Tremors|
The masters division lost the defending national champions, Esprit De Corps. However, sectional champions DC Edge (EAST), Goldenettes (MW), and Denver Synchronicity (PAC) will be battling it out this weekend for the gold. A total of eleven (11) teams will be competing in the masters division this weekend.
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