Last week, the Miami University synchronized skating program held tryouts for the senior, collegiate and junior teams, and 52 skaters were selected to represent the RedHawks in 2012-13.

The roster boasts 34 returners and 18 newcomers. Five skaters--three returners and two newcomers--will skate on both the collegiate and junior teams.

"I am beyond excited for this season," said head coach Carla DeGirolamo. "We have a tremendous amount of talent and competitive drive in this roster, and along with hard work and training, I think we are in for a great year."

The senior team, which touts 20 skaters, returns 15 skaters from a team which placed third at the national championships and earned the Professional Skaters' Association Award for Best Performance a year ago. Four of the five newcomers are freshmen with one other moving up to the senior squad this season after skating on both the collegiate and junior squads last season.

Miami's collegiate team, which won an eighth consecutive national title and the program's 14th collegiate national crown last year, carries 19 skaters. The collegiate team returns 12 skaters from last year's team and moved up three from last year's junior team and two from the 2010-11 junior team. Two freshman also will skate on the collegiate team.

Eighteen skaters compete with the junior team. With four skaters returning from last year's junior squad, this will be the most consistency in experience the junior team has had in several years.

There will be no rest for the RedHawks, who began practice sessions Tuesday morning. With several of the teams Miami competes against already having selected their teams and installed their programs, the RedHawks will be working feverishly to implement their competition programs over the next several weeks.

Emmy Award winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara will be in Oxford the week of Sept. 17 to work with the senior team on their free skate program.