ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Adrian College collegiate and senior synchronized skating teams earned season high scores at the 2017 US Synchronized Skating Championships to finish fifth among the nation's top teams in their respective divisions.
The senior team kicked off the event on Friday night with the short program segment of the competition. Despite a fall in the angled intersection, the Bulldogs posted a score of 50.63, earning the third highest technical base value. The team earned the highest technical calls in their moves, step sequence, circle, and intersection elements. After the short program, Haydenettes finished first with 70.19, followed by Crystallettes (67.11), Miami University senior (59.65), Skyliners (58.81), Adrian, Team Del Sol (43.43), California Gold (41.64), Team Excel (41.38), Miami University Junior (41.19), and Chesapeake Synchro (35.95).
Collegiate started the Bulldogs off with an impressive showing in the collegiate division on Saturday afternoon. Skating last in the event, the team notched a season high score of 70.09. The score was enough for a fifth-place finish, the team's highest ever placement at the US Championships. Highlights of the program included 5.7 points for the moves element and all positive GOEs in their intersection with no PI.
Michigan finished first with 88.22 points, dethroning the defending champions, Miami, which earned 86.40 points for a second-place finish. Michigan State took the bronze with 75.66, followed by Metroettes with 75.31 for pewter. Adrian finished fifth, followed by Western Michigan (69.64), Delaware (68.37), Illinois (57.29), Boston (53.60), North Dakota (51.70), and Massachusetts (50.18).
The competition wrapped up with the senior freeskate on Saturday night. The Bulldogs stood up to the pressure of skating last in the top group of teams, earning 104.90 points for a total competition score of 155.53 points and a fifth-place finish. Program highlights included +3 GOEs in the intersection with no PI, angled intersection, and traveling wheel. Highest scoring elements were the no hold, group lift, and angled intersection.
Head captain Maddie Sena '17 reflected, "When we finished our last skate, I felt so many emotions. It was a bittersweet moment, knowing this incredible journey is coming to a close. As graduation approaches and I think back on our team's many accomplishments, I couldn't be more proud of my four years as a Bulldog."
Haydenettes won the gold with a total competition score of 208.83 points, followed by Crystallettes (189.50), Skyliners (172.96), Miami University senior (172.84), Adrian, Team Del Sol (131.57), Team Excel (127.28), California Gold (126.52), Miami University Junior (123.26), and Chesapeake Synchro (101.93).
"This season was another major step for both of our teams," explained Carlson. "Collegiate upped their technical difficulty, and they were rewarded for it. There is significant interest in this team from talented prospective skaters, and I expect to make a run for a national title in the collegiate division in 2018. The senior team put out another strong showing as Team USA and looks to bring a medal home for the United States at its next international competition. We also hope to vie for a spot on the future World Team. Our organization has grown so much in a short amount of time because we have lofty goals and dedicated student-athletes who believe in our mission. We are not stopping here!"
Next on the docket for Synchronized Skating is the annual Bulldog Skating Ice Show on Sunday, March 12, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door of Arrington Ice Arena beginning at noon.
Adrian's recruitment weekend and tryouts for all returning and future Bulldogs is Friday through Sunday, March 24-26. All interested prospective skaters should sign up at bulldogskatingrecruitment.com and contact Ashley Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. Michigan -- 88.22
2. Miami (OH) -- 86.40
3. Michigan State -- 75.66
4. Metroettes -- 75.31
5. ADRIAN COLLEGE VARSITY -- 70.09
6. Western Michigan -- 69.64
7. Delaware -- 68.37
8. Illinois -- 57.29
9. Boston -- 53.60
10. North Dakota -- 51.70
1. Haydenettes -- 208.83
2. Crystallettes -- 189.50
3. Skyliners -- 172.96
4. Miami University Varsity -- 172.84
5. ADRIAN COLLEGE VARSITY -- 155.53
6. Team Del Sol -- 131.57
7. Team Excel -- 127.28
8. California Gold -- 126.52
9. Miami University JV -- 123.26