By Taylor Kennedy
This weekend kicks off the 2015 qualifying season with the 2015 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Lake Placid.
The 6.0 portion of the competition begins Friday with the preliminary, pre juvenile and open juvenile qualifying rounds. Final rounds will take place on Saturday. Preliminary teams to watch include Skyliners, Shooting Stars, DC Edge and Synchroettes. Top contenders in the pre juvenile division include Skyliners, Shooting Stars, CNY Storm, Synchroettes and DC Edge. Teams to watch in the open juvenile division are DC Edge, Wallace Synergy, CNY Blizzard and Synchroettes.
Six teams will compete in the masters division. Teams to watch this year include Esprit De Corps, DC Edge and Essex Blades, which placed second, third and fifth at Nationals last year, respectively.
Immediately following the masters division, the juvenile teams will take the ice. There are eleven teams in the division and each one will look to earn on of the top five spots and qualify for the national championships. Teams to watch in this division include Skyliners, Mini Mates, DC Edge and Team Excel. Fifteen intermediate teams will compete for the tops spots. Contenders include DC Edge, Team Excel, Team Esprit, Star Mates and Team Delaware.
The junior and senior short programs will close out the competition on Friday. Both divisions have only two teams competing. Synchroettes and Team Delaware will compete in the junior division. Last year’s national champions, Lexettes, will not compete this weekend. The team received a bye, which automatically sends it to nationals, because it is currently competing at the Mozart Cup in Austria. Skyliners and Team Excel will compete in the senior division. Haydenettes, who leave shortly for their international assignment, have also received a bye.
The IJS competition resumes Saturday with the adult division. There are seven teams competing this year. Teams to watch include Esprit De Corps, Colonials, and last year’s national gold medalist DC Edge.
The novice division will take the ice next. Top contenders in this event include Team Delaware, Skyliners, Synchoettes, DC Edge and last year’s national champion, Ice Mates.
Nine teams will compete in the collegiate division. The top six teams earning a trip to nationals. Teams to watch include the University of Delaware, Metroettes and last year’s national silver medalist, Team Excel.
The competition ends Saturday night with the junior and senior freeskate.
Please follow GIC on its social media accounts (@Getitcalled & @GIC_Results) this weekend for live updates from the competition. You can also follow the hashtag #SynchroEast15 for updates.