PLYMOUTH, Mich.--An impressive skate by the junior synchronized skating team completed an exciting day for Miami University on Friday at the U.S. National Championships. For the second straight evening, the RedHawk junior team posted season-best marks and finished sixth among the 12-team field at the National Championships.
Miami amassed a combined score of 132.40 after earning a season-best mark of 86.28 for its Hollywood-themed free skate program in the final competition of the season for the junior team. The RedHawks' combined score was 8.37 points better than its combined mark at the Junior World Qualifier, while their free skate score was 4.10 better than their mark at the Midwestern Championships in the junior team's last competition. On Thursday evening, the RedHawks also set a season high for their short program themed Devil in the Blue Dress with a score of 46.12.
For its free skate program, the RedHawks-who had a clean skate-compiled a technical element score of 34.00 and a program component score of 52.28. Their free skate score was sixth among all junior teams at the National Championships.
Team Braemar won the junior division with a combined score of 173.26, placing first in both the short program and free skate. Skyliners finished second with a mark of 170.05, followed by Lexettes (152.12), Chicago Jazz (141.94) and Hockettes (133.29). Saint Louis Synergy followed Miami in seventh place with a score of 130.52. Synchroettes (121.43), Team Delaware (100.89), Capitol Steps (90.08), Precisely Right (78.31) and Florida Sunsations (59.35) rounded out the junior field, respectively.
On Saturday, the Miami senior team--which sits in second place among the nine-team field--concludes its stint at the U.S. National Championships with the free skate event, which is scheduled to start at 8:39 p.m., while the eight-time defending national champion RedHawk collegiate team also will be in action on Saturday with their competition scheduled to start at 5:42 p.m.