by Tara Tahil
Starting on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th, the Skating Council of Illinois will host the 7th Annual Synchro Illinois competition in the Oak Lawn Ice Arena. After a relaxing and hard working break for the holidays, the synchro season is up and running again.
The competition kicks off on Friday at 5:00 p.m. EST with the Synchro Skills 1 event which has been split into three groups. In group A, Starfire, Dazzlers, Cleveland Ice Storm, and Starlights who are coming off of a gold medal worthy skate at Dr. Porter Synchro Classic will be competing. Chicago Jazz, Chicago Skates, Madison Ice Diamonds, and Ice Reflections who took home the silver at Porter will be competing in group B. Patriettes, Teams Elite, Ice Angels, Swan Sync Sation, and Infinity will be competing in group C for Synchro Skills 1. The next event is the Synchro Skills 2 competition which will be split into two groups. Group A consists of Ice Diamonds, Glenview Blades, Ice Cubes, Madison Ice Diamonds, River City Gems – Emeralds. And Ice Stars, Starlights, Dazzlers, Junior Irish, and Chicago Radiance will be competing in group B. After winning their groups Porter, Madison Ice Diamonds and Starlights will be looking for the top spots.
Closing out Friday’s competition will be the junior short event. Coming off a silver medal finish at their first international of the season in Berlin, the Starlights will be looking for the top as well as Chicago Jazz who will be leaving for the Leon Lurje Classic in Sweden later this month. After an impressive and strong debut at Porter, the Northernettes will be looking to improve their scores this weekend and wow the audience again with their entertaining short program to music from The Incredibles.
Saturday begins with the preliminary event bright and early at 9:00 a.m. After a first place finish at the Dr. Porter Synchro Classic, Teams Elite is looking for the top spot in the preliminary division. Cleveland Ice Storm, Wisconsin Edge, Braemar Panache, and Starfire are also competing. In the Snowplow Sam event, Starfire will be the only team competing this weekend.
The pre-juvenile competition will be the largest event this weekend with 16 teams in total, split into two groups consisting of eight teams each. Starlights, Madison Ice Diamonds, and Chicago Radiance are top contenders for the pre-juvenile title in group A. Chicago Jazz, Infinite Style, Ice Reflections, Cleveland Ice Storm, and Infinity Synchronized will also be competing in group A. In group B: Dazzlers and Chicago Skates will be looking for the top spot this weekend. Ice Angels, Revolution, Wisconsin Edge, Miami Skating Academy, Ice Diamonds, and Glenview Blades will be competing in group B.
The collegiate event will begin at 11:40 AM and is certainly not one to miss. Coming off their season’s best performance last month at the Dr. Porter Synchro Classic, Western Michigan University was only .2 shy of third place and will be aiming for a top spot this weekend. After an unfortunate skate at Porter, Adrian College Varsity will be expected to make a comeback and compete for the top spot as well as Miami University who earned their season’s high score of 81.94 last month, less than a point behind first. University of Illinois SST will be looking to improve their score and have a great performance on home turf.
Four teams will compete in the open collegiate event this weekend. Coming off a 5/1 majority from Porter, Adrian College Varsity will be looking to take home the gold in the open collegiate event this weekend; as well as the 2016 midwestern open collegiate champions, Miami University. University of Wisconsin Madison SST and University of Notre Dame will also be competing.
With twelve teams competing in the open-juvenile, there is bound to be some tough competition. Dazzlers Silver, Chicago Skates, Allegro!, Dazzlers Blue, Starlights, and Glenview Blades all placed in the top two spots last month at Porter, but in three separate groups whereas this weekend they will be in one group. Ice Diamonds, Braemar Panache, Madison Ice Diamonds, Preciettes, Ice Cubes, and Wisconsin Edge will also be competing.
Another large event is the intermediate division with eleven teams competing. Last weekend at the Colonial Classic, Teams Elite placed first with a score of 62.05, two points above the defending national champions, will be looking to take home another gold medal. Starlights and Allegro are also top contenders. Starfire, Dazzlers, Madison Ice Diamonds, Chicago Jazz, Cleveland Ice Storm, Ice Diamonds, and Wisconsin Edge will also be competing.
Only 1.15 points separated Starlights and Teams Elite juvenile from first and second at Porter and both teams will be looking for the top spot this weekend. Cleveland Ice Storm and Dazzlers will be competing in the juvenile event as well. After defeating the reigning novice national champions at Porter, Teams Elite is expected to make a strong showing this weekend; as well as Starlights, who were less than five points behind Teams Elite last month. Dazzlers and Cleveland Ice Storm are all also competing.
The open adult division will consist of four teams: Revolution, Infinity-Onyx, Wisconsin Edge, and Madison Ice Diamonds. Team Glace will be the only team competing in the open masters division this weekend. Starlights will be a top contender this weekend in the adult division after claiming the third medal with a score of 39.68 last month at Porter. Wisconsin Inspire, Chicago Radiance, and Infinity-Onyx will also be competing.
The junior free skate event will begin at 8:52 p.m.
It will surely be an exciting day at Synchro Illinois. Be sure to follow Get It Called on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for results and information! Follow @GIC_results on Twitter for live updates at #SynchroIllinois18