PLYMOUTH, Mich.-Finishing second at the U.S. National Championships, the Miami University senior synchronized skating team has earned a berth to the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships April 5-6 in Boston, Mass. The RedHawks will make their 10th world championship appearance and first since 2011.
For the second consecutive year, the RedHawk senior team was recognized by the Professional Figure Skaters Association for the best team performance at the national championships. The RedHawks earned the award for their free skate program on Saturday evening.
Completing an impressive weekend of skating for all three RedHawk teams at the national championships, Miami's senior team earned a combined score of 191.28 after collecting a mark of 125.54 for its 1920's inspired free skate on Saturday evening. Miami earned a program component score of 69.25 and a technical element score of 57.29 but had one deduction.
Miami topped its previous season-high for the free skate by more than 25 points, while destroying its previous season-best combined score by 43.06 points.
The Haydenettes finished first in both the short program and free skate events and won the competition with a score of 206.33. Crystallettes finished third in both events and earned a combined score of 176.96 to place third at the national championships. Skyliners (151.56), ICE'Kateers (151.24), California Gold (140.06), Starlights (140.01), Western Michigan (109.62) and Team Excel (89.27) rounded out the senior field, respectively.
The RedHawk senior team has a month to prepare for the world championships.
Earlier in the evening, the RedHawk collegiate team won its ninth-straight national title to tie a U.S. Figure Skating record for consecutive national titles. It was the 15th national title for Miami at the collegiate level. (Complete Release)