OXFORD, Ohio—Miami University’s synchronized skating teams unveiled their 2013-14 competitive schedule, head coach Carla DeGirolamo announced Tuesday.
Miami opens its season at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 7-8. It is the only event that all three teams will compete in other than the U.S National Championships, which will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 27- Mar. 1.
Other than the Dr. Porter Classic, the national championships and qualifying events, the remainder of the RedHawks’ competitive schedule will take place in the month of January.
Miami’s junior and senior teams head to Fond du Lac, Wis., for the Junior World Qualifier/Foot of the Lake Classic Jan. 3-4. The RedHawk junior team will be competing to qualify for a spot at the World Challenge Cup, which will take place March 7-8 in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
There is little rest for the senior team, who will turn around and compete at the Mid-America Championships along with the collegiate team the following week. The Mid-America Championships take place Jan. 11-12 in Frasier, Mich.
Miami’s junior team makes the first international trip of the season when the RedHawks travel to Gothenburg, Sweden, Jan. 18-19 to represent the United States at the event.
The following week, the RedHawk senior team travels to Salzburg, Austria, to represent the United States at the Mozart Cup, Jan. 24-25. The same weekend, Miami’s collegiate team travels to Hoffmann Estates, Ill., for the Midwestern Championships. The collegiate team will compete on Jan. 25.
All three teams head to the U.S. National Championships Feb. 27-Mar. 1. The senior team looks to return to the world stage for a second straight year with a top-two finish at nationals. If the RedHawks finish among the top two, they will advance to the 2014 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Courmayeur, Italy, April 4-5.
“The schedule is challenging, but I think it will give our teams some good competition though season to prepare for our international competitions, the national championships and hopefully berths at world championships,” said DeGirolamo.
Miami's senior team was the silver medalist at the U.S. Championships last season and seized the prestigious Professional Skaters Association "Best Performance Award" for its 1920’s inspired free skate program. The senior team represented the United States at the ISU World Championships in Boston, Mass., where the team finished eighth in the world.
The RedHawk collegiate team captured its ninth-straight national crown last season to tie the U.S. Figure Skating record for consecutive national titles, equaling the record by pairs skaters' Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles series of nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919). Miami’s collegiate team seeks to make skating history this season by becoming the first in U.S. Figure skating history at any level and in any discipline to seize 10 consecutive national titles. The collegiate team also has won 11 straight events dating back to the 2010-11 season.
The junior team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history and also looks to medal at the U.S. National Championships this season.
In addition to their competition schedule, the RedHawks will perform in Oxford, Ohio, during intermissions at four remaining hockey games, will host their Nationals Send-Off Exhibition in February and skate in the annual Goggin Ice Show in May.