When the RedHawks travel to the U.S. National Championships this weekend in Plymouth, Mich., all three Miami University synchronized skating teams are vying for national titles.
The RedHawk senior team seeks to return to the ISU World Championship with a top-two finish at nationals. Miami has had a strong season and tries for the program's fourth national crown at the senior level and first since 2008-09. Earning a bronze medal at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Goteborg, Sweden, in January, the senior team owns the only international medal won by a U.S. senior team this season.
Miami's collegiate team has dominated the division and is the eight-time defending national champion in search of the program's 15th national title. The collegiate team already owns more consecutive national titles than any other program at any level of synchronized skating. The RedHawks try to tie the record for all of U.S. figure skating this year, looking to equal pairs skaters' Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919). The RedHawks try to cap off their second straight undefeated season and win their 11th straight competition dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season.
The RedHawk junior team, which has boasted some of the best finishes in Miami junior program history, also looks for gold and also tries to become the first Miami junior team to finish among the top three in the nation.
Miami's senior team's short program is themed Dance Macabre and its free skate program is set to music from the 1920s.
The collegiate team's competition program is themed Rock 'N Roll. The RedHawk junior team's short program is themed Devil in the Blue Dress and its free skate program is themed Hollywood.
Breakdown of the U.S. National Championships by Team
Competition Field (9 teams): Miami University, Haydenettes, Starlights, Western Michigan University, Team Excel, Crystallettes, Skyliners, ICE'Kateers, California Gold
Short Program: Friday, March 1 - 5:42 p.m.
Free Skate Program: Sarurday, March 2 - 8:39 p.m.
Competition Field (13 teams): Miami University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, University Wisconsin, Spartan Synchronized Skating, Adrian College, IllinoiSkating, Team Excel, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachussets, Oswego State Ice Effects, Cornell University, University of Delaware
Program: Saturday, March 2 - 5:42 p.m.
Competition Field (12 teams): Miami University, Chicago Jazz, Saint Louis Synergy, Synchroettes, Team Delaware, Capitol Steps, Precisely Right, Florida Sunsations, Team Braemar, Hockettes, Skyliners, Lexettes
Short Program: Thursday, Feb. 28 - 6:19 p.m.
Free Skate Program: Friday, March 1 - 7:38 p.m.