OXFORD, Ohio--As a final tune-up for their trip to the U.S. National Championships, the Miami junior, collegiate and senior synchronized skating teams will hold a Nationals Send-Off Exhibition on Saturday, Feb. 22. All three teams will showcase their competitive programs at Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center starting at 3 p.m.
Admission to the Nationals Send-Off Exhibition is free and open to the public.
This send-off exhibition skate will be the last public performance for the senior and junior teams before heading to the U.S. National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 27-March 1. The collegiate team will perform one last time that evening at the first intermission of the Miami hockey game vs. St. Cloud State.
The event--one of the few times all three teams perform at home for the Miami and Oxford communities--is geared towards not only students, but family, fans and skating enthusiasts to show their support for the squads as they prepare for the national championships.
When the RedHawks travel to the U.S. National Championships next weekend, all three teams are vying for national titles.
The RedHawk senior team seeks to earn their second straight and 11th overall berth 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. Miami finished fourth among a strong international field at the Mozart Cup in late January. The senior team has earned the Professional Skaters Association Award for best performance of a program at the U.S. National Championships the last two seasons.
Miami's collegiate team has dominated the division and is the nine-time defending national champion in search of the program's 16th national collegiate title. The collegiate team already owns more consecutive national titles than any other program at any level of synchronized skating. The RedHawks look to seize the record for all of U.S. figure skating this year, after equaling pairs skaters' Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919) last season. Miami is coming off an impressive win at the Midwestern Championships where the RedHawks shattered their season-best score by nearly 20 points and bested their nearest competitors by more than 20 points.
The RedHawk junior team, which is coming off a fifth-place international finish at the Leon Lurje Trophy in mid-January where they posted season-high scores, also looks for gold this weekend. A finish among the top three would be a first for a Miami junior team at the national championships.
Miami's senior team's short program is set to the song “Let It Be” and their free skate program is themed “Cards.”
The collegiate team's competition program is themed “Moments.” The RedHawk junior team's short program is choreographed to the music “Anything Goes” and “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” and their free skate program is themed “Dancing Dolls.”