OXFORD, Ohio-With the start of a new school year, Oxford and the Miami campus are abuzz with excitement. Also quickly approaching is tryouts week for the Miami University synchronized skating teams Aug. 27 to Sept. 1.

A record number of skaters are slated to try out this year. Approximately 75 skaters will be vying for a spot on the 52-member roster comprised of the three teams: senior, collegiate and junior.

"I am beyond excited for the new season," said fourth-year head coach Carla DeGirolamo. "We have a large, accomplished group of athletes trying out for the teams this year. It is going to be a tough tryout, but when all is said and done, I firmly believe that all three of our teams are poised to be some of the best we've ever had. We have big goals and big shoes to fill, but I think this group of athletes is up for the challenge."

The RedHawks are coming off a strong season in 2011-12.

Miami's senior team finished third at the U.S. Championships and seized the prestigious Professional Skaters Association "Best Performance Award" for its short program to "Blue Suede Shoes".

The RedHawk collegiate team captured its eighth-straight national crown to tie Michelle Kwan's singles' record of eight consecutive national titles. Miami's collegiate team boasts the most consecutive national titles of any team at any level of synchronized skating and seeks the tie the record for all of U.S. figure skating this year, looking to equal pairs skaters' Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919).

DID YOU KNOW?

Every skater has to try out for the Miami synchronized skating team every single year --regardless of how long they have been in the Miami program or which team (senior, collegiate, junior) they have previously been on within the skating program -- to make the Miami synchronized skating roster ...

The Miami synchronized skating roster typically boats 52 skaters in total between the senior, collegiate and junior teams, making it the largest roster among women's sports at Miami and the second largest of all Miami Athletics teams ...

Miami's senior team, which competes at the highest level of synchronized skating, typically features 20 skaters ...

The RedHawk collegiate team has won nine-straight events dating back to Dec. 5, 2010 ...            

Last year's undefeated season for the collegiate team marked its seventh in program history ...

To be a member of the junior team, a skater cannot turn 19 before July 1 preceding the competition season ...

Typically, Miami will carry five "cross skaters" who will skate on both the collegiate and junior teams.

--MURedHawks.com--