When the RedHawks compete in the U.S. National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., this 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.”
Breakdown of the U.S. National Championships by Team
Competition Field (9 teams): Miami University, Haydenettes, Adrian College, California Gold, Crystallettes, ICE’Kateers, Skyliners, Starlights, Team Excel
Short Program: Friday, Feb. 28 – 8:15 p.m. (ET)
Free Skate Program: Saturday, March 1 – 9:33 p.m. (ET)
Competition Field (12 teams): Miami University, Chesapeake Captains, IllinoiSkating, Michigan State, Oswego State Ice Effects, Team Excel, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Western Michigan
Program: Saturday, March 1 – 6:53 p.m. (ET)
Competition Field (14 teams): Miami University, Capitol Steps, Chicago Jazz, Fond du Lac Blades, Hockettes, Lexettes, Precisely Right, Saint Louis Synergy, Skyliners, Starlights, Team Braemar, Team Delaware, The Tremors
Short Program: Thursday, Feb. 27 – 10:26 p.m. (ET)
Free Skate Program: Friday, Feb. 28 – 9:13 p.m. (ET)