BOSTON—With an aggressive and commanding performance, Miami University’s senior synchronized skating team attacked the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships with its Dance Macabre-themed short program on Friday evening at the Agganis Arena in Boston.
In its first skate at the event, the RedHawks rose to the top half of the field. Miami earned a score of 56.38 in the short program event and sits in 10th place among the 20-team field heading into the final day of the competition.
Miami, Team USA 2, entered the ice to an enthusiastic welcome from the sold-out crowd. It was a fast, clean skate for the RedHawks, who earned a technical element score of 26.64 and a program component score of 29.74.
The RedHawks trail ninth-place Team Germany (56.51) by a mere 0.13 points and lead 11th-place Team Italy (50.73) by nearly six points. Team Canada 1 leads the field after the short program with a score of 72.84. The Haydenettes, Team USA 1, sit in second place with a score of 71.87, while Team Russia 1 is third with a score of 69.66. Team Finland 1 (69.28), Team Finland 2 (68.48), Team Sweden 1 (61.94), Team Canada 2 (61.19) and Team Sweden 2 (59.12) comprise the remaining top eight spots, respectively.
Team Russia 2 (50.56), Team France (43.11), Team Japan (37.63), Team Czech Republic (37.53), Team Australia (27.60), Team Croatia (26.45), Team Mexico (24.55), Team Hungary (23.45) and Team South Africa (20.07) round out the rest of the 20-team field, respectively.
Miami concludes its stint at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships with Saturday’s free skate event, which is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m.