by Kari Savoie
It was an exciting weekend, as 58 teams flocked to Dumfries, Scotland to show off their hard work at the 2018 Trophy D’Ecosse.
The junior short program kicked off on Friday evening with a five-team flight. The two American teams fared well on the first night of competition, with Chicago Jazz in the lead with 52.89 points and Hockettes with 38.84 for an energetic “Wonder Woman” program. Icicles Nottingham from Great Britain ended up in third place with a score of 36.63 and Ice Infinity Vantaa from Finland followed close behind with 36.16. The home team, Solway Stars, rounded out the short program and earned fifth place with 35.35.
After a break, the senior short program excited the crowd at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. Nexxice, the 2017 Trophy D’Ecosse champions, wowed the crowd and earned a solid lead with 69.63 points. Adrian College Varsity SST tabbed their season’s best score of 58.34 with their “Paint It, Black” program and won the Most Entertaining Performance of the Day award. The three British teams took third through fifth place. Team Viola scored 33.70, Zariba earned 25.67 points, and Wight Jewels ended up in fifth place with 20.62.
Saturday brought a new day of competition for all ten junior and senior teams. Chicago Jazz maintained their strong lead and won the division with their “Die Fledermaus Overture” free skate scoring 96.90. They received an overall score of 149.79. It was a close battle between Ice Infinity Vanataa and Hockettes, who notched free skate scores of 68.54 and 68.46, respectively. However, Hockettes ended up winning the silver medal due to its higher short program score with a combined score of 107.30 and Ice Infinity Vanataa took home the bronze medal with a combined score of 104.70. Icicles Nottingham followed close behind with a dynamic program that secured the team a free skate score of 65.19 and a combined score of 101.82. Finally, Solway Stars closed out the junior competition and earned 60.63 in the free skate for a combined total of 95.98.
The senior teams took the ice to close out the evening of exciting skating. Nexxice decisively earned an international gold medal for Canada by skating a strong “Blues” free skate earning 131.10 to contribute to the competition’s highest combined score of 200.73. Adrian College Varsity SST contributed to the Team USA medal count by winning the silver medal with a free skate score of 115.26 and a combined score of 173.60 points. Team Viola followed in third place by achieving a free skate score of 76.70 and scoring 110.40 overall. Next, Zariba maintained their fourth place position by earning a free skate score of 54.68 and a combined score of 80.35. Finally, Wight Jewels came close behind Zariba with a free skate score of 51.20 and ended up in fifth place with 71.82 overall.
Congratulations to all teams for their achievements over the weekend and thank you to the Local Organizing Committee for putting on such a memorable competition for all. Make sure to follow Get It Called on social media to stay up to date on all future competitions!