Jan. 28, 2012

SALZBURG, Austria—After Saturday’s short program at the Mozart Cup, Miami University’s junior synchronized skating team, representing the United States of America at the event, sits in fifth place among the 15-team field.

Behind a great skate to their short program themed Cha-Cha and set to "Sway" and "Let's Get Loud," the RedHawks posted a score of 38.47. Miami sits just 0.27 points behind fourth place X’cellence from Canada (38.74) and 0.39 points behind third place Team Berlin Juniors from Germany (38.86).

Finland’s Ice Steps lead the junior field after the short program with a score of 45.65, while Finland’s Stella Polaris is in second with a score of 44.30 after the opening day of competition. The RedHawks hold a 1.65 edge over Finland’s Reflections, who sit in sixth place.

Miami concludes its stint at the Mozart Cup with Sunday’s free skate program.

MOZART CUP SHORT PROGRAM STANDINGS
Ice Steps (FIN) 45.65
Stella Polaris (FIN) 44.30
Team Berlin Juniors (GER) 38.86
X’cellence (CAN) 38.74
Miami (USA) 38.47
Reflections (FIN) 36.82
Sun City Swing (FIN) 35.29
Cool Dreams Junior (SUI) 32.82
Hot Shivers Junior (ITA) 31.55
Kometa (CZE) 30.48
Starlets Junior (CZE) 25.02
Black Diam’s (FRA) 24.17
Zagreb Snowflakes Junior (CRO) 20.60
Frostwork (HUN) 17.79
Starlets (GER) 17.17

Periodically on their trip in Austria, freshmen skaters Alexis Monti and Jennifer Stewart will provide updates on the team and give a behind-the-scenes look at the weekend event for MURedHawks.com. Here is their second update from Austria:

With the past day full of practicing, we were all energized for our short program competition here in Austria at the Mozart Cup. As we first took the ice for short program this evening, we all felt so proud hearing the announcer say "Miami University representing the United States of America". Most of the skaters on our team have never experienced an international competition as members of Team USA, so this trip has been that much more incredible for us.

Coming off the ice after our competition tonight we felt confident that we had given it our all and were pleased with how close the scoring turned out. With that in mind, we are all extremely excited to attack our long program and leave it all out on the ice tomorrow.

Love & Honor to everyone back home!
Lexi Monti and Jennifer Stewart