PLYMOUTH, Mich.-Besting its nearest competitors by 8.15 points, Miami University's collegiate synchronized skating team cruised to its ninth-straight national championship, tying a U.S. Figure Skating record for consecutive national titles.
The RedHawks equaled pairs skaters' Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919). Miami's string of national crowns dates back to the 2004-05 season.
Not even a two-point deduction could keep the RedHawks from dominating the collegiate division as Miami capped off its second-straight undefeated season and pushed its string of first-place finishes to 11 consecutive, dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season.
Miami earned a score of 92.26 for its Rock 'N Roll-themed program to win gold for the 15th time in the 17 seasons the RedHawks have fielded a collegiate team at the intercollegiate level.
As was the case for every skate by Miami at the national championships, the RedHawk collegiate team earned a season-high mark for their program, eclipsing their previous season best score of 80.25 at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic by 12.01 points. Miami earned a technical element score of 38.32 and a program component score of 55.94.
Delaware finished second with a score of 84.11, while Michigan placed third with a mark of 77.98 and was followed by Team Excel (77.12), Spartan Synchronized Skating (76.75), New Hampshire (76.63), Wisconsin (69.13), Western Michigan (68.70), Adrian (66.46), IllinoiSkating (60.44), Oswego (54.13) and Massachusetts (51.06), respectively.