MENTOR, Ohio -- Adrian College's collegiate team made a statement by opening the season with a big win at the Diamond Classic on Saturday. The Bulldogs triumphed over Miami (Ohio) University, the 2017 US Synchronized Skating Championships silver medalists.
"This is just one small step in the right direction towards our goal of bringing home a national title for Adrian College," Head Coach Ashley Carlson explained. "It's an important milestone for us. Now we put our heads down and focus on ourselves and the long season ahead."
Set to music highlighting the unique styles of movement created by Bob Fosse, the collegiate program's highlights included a whip intersection, death spirals, an innovative creative intersection, and a strong rotating wheel element. The Bulldogs earned 61.69 points to the RedHawks' 59.97.
In the senior division, the Bulldogs faced off against Miami Senior. An unfortunate fall in the first moments of Adrian's short program led to a second-place finish, 44.56 to the RedHawks' 51.06.
The senior free skate was an exciting event, with both teams putting out strong performances to score within three-hundredths of a point of one another.
"Take away the one down-and-up fall in our ending and we would be looking at another upset," Carlson said. "To be in the same class as one of the 2016 US World team members is a huge accomplishment. We have come so far in a short time, and our footsteps are only getting louder."
The senior team's short program is set to covers of "Paint It, Black" by Ciara and Escala, and the free skate is set to Disney's "Soarin'" and "Illuminations." Highlights from the programs included unexpected pair transitions in the short, and death spirals, complex group lifts, and freestyle elements in the freeskate.
Up next for Synchronized Skating is the Kalamazoo Kickoff Classic competition in Kalamazoo, Mich., hosted by the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association. Senior, Collegiate, and Open Collegiate will compete on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Wings Stadium.
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