OXFORD, Ohio - In preparation 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. 23. All three teams will showcase their programs at Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center starting at 2 p.m.
Admission to the Nationals Send-Off Exhibition 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.
This send-off exhibition skate will be the last public performance by any of the synchronized skating teams before heading to the U.S. National Championships in Plymouth, Mich., Feb. 28-March 2. 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 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 would become the first Miami junior team to earn a spot on the podium by finishing 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.