ANN ARBOR, Mich.--The Adrian College synchronized skating team turned in solid performances at the 21st annual Dr. Porter Classic held at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube earlier this month. The Senior, Collegiate and Open Collegiate teams skated to podium finishes in their respective divisions.
The senior team kicked off the event with a clean, season-high short program score of 50.80, putting them comfortably in medal contention after the first segment of the weekend. Crystallettes (57.94) placed first, followed by Miami University Senior (54.50), Skyliners (50.82), Adrian, Team Del Sol (45.50), California Gold (35.78), Miami University Junior (29.56), and Team Excel (26.92).
Skating in the final group for the freeskate, the Bulldogs suffered three disruptive falls in the moves element and second group lift element. Despite the falls, the senior team hung onto a pewter medal for the third consecutive season. Overall, Crystallettes finished first, followed by Miami University Senior, Skyliners, and Adrian.
"Mistakes in competition can either bring a team down or pull it closer together. After the skate, we rallied as a team and focused on the positives and what we could learn from this experience," explained head-captain Maddie Sena '17. "We are already moving on and ready to hit the ground running with enthusiasm to prepare for our next event."
The Collegiate team took to the ice for its second event of the season, facing top national competitiors from the midwestern and eastern sections. The Bulldogs skated a clean program on their way to a pewter medal behind the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships gold (Miami) and silver medalists (Michigan) and ahead of the '16 U.S. pewter medalists (Western Michigan).
Michigan finished first (81.24), followed by Miami University (74.86), Delaware (66.26), Adrian (63.82), Western Michigan (61.52), Michigan State (57.94), and Illinois (56.70).
"I am very pleased with Collegiate's performance this weekend," said Director of Skating, Ashley Carlson. "This year's team has faced a number of challenges both on and off the ice, but they haven't let it stop them from bringing their best to the season. The coaching staff is looking forward to getting them on the ice for an intensive winter training camp, at which we will focus on cleaning up technical elements, transitions, and increasing speed."
Open Collegiate improved upon its bronze medal finish from 2015 with their technically strongest performance of the season, garnering them a silver medal.
"Porter is one of our toughest events of the year," stated co-captain Erica Keene '17. "We felt very confident, though, after a successful skate at Kalamazoo. That feeling combined with secure, consistent practices leading up to this weekend were keys to our success here."
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SENIOR FINAL RESULTS
1. CRYSTALLETTES – 167.22
2. MIAMI UNIVERSITY SENIOR VARSITY – 157.40
3. SKYLINERS – 146.90
4. ADRIAN COLLEGE – 135.30
5. TEAM DEL SOL – 129.86
6. CALIFORNIA GOLD – 103.68
7. MIAMI UNIVERSITY JUNIOR VARSITY – 95.86
8. TEAM EXCEL – 90.20
COLLEGIATE FINAL RESULTS
1. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – 81.24
2. MIAMI UNIVERSITY – 74.86
3. UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE – 66.26
4. ADRIAN COLLEGE – 63.82
5. WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY – 61.52
6. MICHIGAN STATE – 57.94
7. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – 56.70
OPEN COLLEGIATE FINAL RESULTS
1. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
2. ADRIAN COLLEGE
3. GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
4. MIAMI UNIVERSITY
5. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
6. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - BLACK
7. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
8. LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY
9. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - RED