by Alice Tarantin
It’s that time of year again! It’s time to bundle up and get excited for the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic. On November 9, more than 30 teams from the East Coast will meet in Kingston, Mass., to compete in nine divisions. For the first time the competition will take place at the Bog Ice Arena. The New England Sectional Monitoring Session in conjunction with the competition will take place on Saturday morning at the same location.
The 6.0 portion of the competition will include the beginner, preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, and open collegiate divisions. The IJS portion will include juvenile, intermediate, novice, and junior.
With eight teams, the juvenile division will be quite competitive this year. Teams to watch include the Skyliners and Mini Mates, last year’s national silver and bronze medalists respectively, along with national competitors the Synchroettes and Philadelphia Symmetry.
Intermediate will also have eight teams, including the reigning national bronze medalists, the Skyliners. Joining the intermediate division this year are the Superettes, Team Espirit, and Team Winterettes.
New to the novice division are the Sparklers, who will be going up against last year’s national bronze medalists, the Skyliners, as well as the Synchroettes, Team Delaware, and Philadelphia Symmetry.
The junior division is set to have three teams, all of whom competed at nationals last season. Team Delaware will be facing off against two members of Team USA, the Skyliners and the Synchroettes.
University of Vermont’s Catamount Blades are the only team competing in the open collegiate division.
Stay tuned for updates and results over the weekend. Tweet your own updates using #ThanksgivingClassic2013.
View results from the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic here: https://getitcalled.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/thanksgiving-classic-2012