All three Miami University synchronized skating teams return to the ice this weekend but in two very different locations. Miami's senior team is one of two teams representing the United States at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Goteborg, Sweden, Jan. 26-27. The RedHawk collegiate and junior teams head to the Midwestern Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan. 25-26.
Miami's senior team has had a strong start to the season. Miami posted a first-place finish at its season-opening event at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in December. The RedHawks followed that with a second-place showing for their short program themed Dance Macabre and a first-place finish for their free skate program set to music from the 1920s two weeks ago at the Mid-America Championships against some of the RedHawks' top domestic competition. This weekend, Miami will face some of the top teams in the world.
This weekend, the collegiate team seeks its 10th consecutive win dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. Skating to a Rock 'N Roll theme, the RedHawks have won the collegiate division by double figures in their first two events of 2012-13. Although the RedHawks took a one-year hiatus from the Midwestern Championshiops last year and also in 2008-09, Miami's collegiate team has won this competition the last five times it has competed at the event.
Miami's junior team had its best finish at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in December and improved both of its scores for its short program themed Devil in the Blue Dress and its Hollywood-themed free skate program at the Junior World Qualifier two weeks ago while finishing fifth. The RedHawk junior team is making its fourth appearance at this event. The last time they competed in the Midwestern Championships was in 2009-10 when they posted a third-place finish. Miami won the junior division in 2007-08 and seeks to claim gold this weekend.
Breakdown of the Leon Lurje Trophy
Competition Field: Miami University (USA), Crystallettes (USA), Marigold IceUnity (Finland), Team Boomerang (Sweden), Team Surprise (Sweden)
Short Program: Saturday, Jan. 26 - 7:06 p.m. local time (1:06 p.m. ET)
Free Skate Program: Sunday, Jan. 27 - 5:13 p.m. local time (11:13 a.m. ET)
Breakdown of the Midwestern Championships by Team
Competition Field: Miami University, Adrian College, IllinoiSkating, University of Michigan, Spartan Synchronized Skating, University of Wisconsin, Western Michigan University
Program: Saturday, Jan. 26 - 7:24 p.m.
Competition Field: Miami University, Chicago Jazz, Saint Louis Synergy
Short Program: Friday, Jan. 25 - 6:30 p.m.
Free Skate Program: Saturday, Jan. 26 - 10:30 a.m.