OXFORD, Ohio--This Saturday, Nov. 3, the Miami University synchronized skating teams are giving fans a preview of the RedHawks' programs for the upcoming season. All three teams will be showcasing their competitive programs in an exhibition at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The synchronized skating exhibition is at Coach Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center and is free and open to the public.
Although the exhibition is free, the RedHawk skating teams are asking patrons to bring a non-perishable item that will be donated to the Oxford Food Pantry.
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 with the Blue Dress and its free skate program is themed Hollywood.
The exhibition is a tune-up for all three teams, who open their 2012-13 competitive seasons Dec. 1-2 at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic. The RedHawks will try to sweep gold at the national championships Feb. 28-March 2 in Plymouth, Mich.
Miami's senior team is coming off a third-place national championship performance seized the prestigious Professional Skaters Association "Best Performance Award" for its short program to "Blue Suede Shoes". With a top-two finish at the national championships, the RedHawks seek to earn a berth to the ISU World Championships and return to the World Championships this season, which will be held April 5-6 in Boston, Mass.
The RedHawk collegiate team captured its eighth-straight national crown to tie Michelle Kwan's singles' record of eight consecutive national titles last year. Miami's collegiate team boasts the most consecutive national titles of any team at any level of synchronized skating and seeks the 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 strive for their 15th collegiate national title, while the junior team is working towards the varsity program's first national title at that level.