Feb. 24, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - In preparation for their trip to the U.S. National Championships, the Miami junior, collegiate and senior synchronized skating teams will hold a Nationals Send-Off Exhibition on Saturday, Feb. 25. All three teams will showcase their programs at Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center starting at 2 p.m.

Admission to the Nationals Send-Off Exhibition is free and open to the public.

This send-off exhibition skate will be the last public performance by any of the synchronized skating teams before heading to the U.S. National Championships in Worchester, Mass., March 1-3. The event, one of the few times all three teams perform at home for the Miami and Oxford communities, is geared towards not only students, but family, fans and skating enthusiasts to show their support for the squads as they prepare for their departure.

When the RedHawks travel to the U.S. National Championships next weekend, all three teams are vying for national titles.

The RedHawk senior team seeks a repeat appearance at the ISU World Championship with a top-two finish at nationals. Miami's collegiate team has dominated the divi¬sion and is the seven-time defending national champion in search of the program's 14th national title. The collegiate team already owns more consecutive national titles than any other program at any level of syn¬chronized skating and tries to tie Michelle Kwan's record of eight-straight national crowns. Miami's junior team also looks for gold and would become the first Miami junior team to earn a spot on the podium by finishing among the top three in the nation.

Miami's senior team skates its short program to "Blue Suede Shoes". The senior team's free skate program is themed Gypsy set to Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor.

The collegiate team's competition program is choreographed to music by Beyonce. The RedHawk junior team's short program is themed Cha-Cha and set to "Sway" and "Let's Get Loud," and its free skate program is themed Dancing in Paris.