March 3, 2012

Worcester, Mass.--Miami University's senior synchronized skating team finished third at the U.S. National Championships on Saturday evening with a combined score of 182.54.

The Haydenettes won the senior division with a combined score of 202.92 followed by the Crystallettes with a score of 185.54. ICE'Kateers finished in fourth behind the RedHawks with a score of 145.15. Skyliners (139.88), California Gold (135.90), Starlights (128.99), Western Michigan (125.53) and Team Image (98.90) followed, respectively, in the overall standings.

After notching a score of 57.98 for the short program, Miami came back and amassed a score of 124.66 for the free skate events, the third-best score of the long programs. Miami had a clean skate and posted a technical element score of 55.45 and a program component score of 69.21.

The RedHawks' short program to "Blue Suede Shoes" earned the Professional Skaters Association "Best Performance Award," which is awarded to one progam among all the programs showcased at the national championships among all divisions.