March 2, 2012

WORCESTER, Mass.--Miami University's junior team finished seventh at the U.S. National Championships, while the senior team sits in third place after Friday's short program.

The RedHawk junior team amassed a combined score of 100.59 after posting a score of 34.73 in the short program and a score of 65.86 in the free skate event. Miami had a clean skate in Friday's long program.

Team Braemar won the junior division with a score of 159.65, while Skyliners finished closely behind with a combined score of 158.42. Lexettes (137.87), Chicago Jazz (127.58), Synchroettes (123.40) and Hockettes (115.48) followed, respectively. Denver Synchronicity (92.53), Evolution (75.76) and Precisely Right (62.76) trailed Miami to round out the junior field.

In the senior short program, Miami notched a score of 57.98 with a technical element score of 24.57 and a program component score of 33.41. It was a clean skate for the RedHawks who trail the second-place Crystalletes (60.40) by less than three points and leader Haydenettes (64.26) by just over six points.

Miami holds a 10-point advantage over fourth-place ICE'Kateers (47.45). California Gold (45.11), Western Michigan (43.24), Skyliners (42.77), Starlights (38.62) and Team Image (35.03) round out the senior field, respectively.

Miami's senior team tries to earn a spot at the World Championships with a top-two finish after Saturday's free skate event. The RedHawk collegiate team, the seven-time defending national champions, also take the ice on Saturday.