KALAMAZOO, Mich.-Miami University's junior synchronized skating team sits in first place after the short program at the Midwestern Championships held in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The RedHawks earned a score of 40.34 for their short program themed Devil in the Blue Dress. Miami had a clean skate for its short program and notched a technical element score of 18.70 and a program component score of 22.64.

Heading into Saturday's free skate event, Miami holds a 5.10 edge over its nearest competitor. Chicago Jazz is in second after the short program with a score of 35.24, and Saint Louis Synergy follows closely behind them at 33.84.

The RedHawks return to the ice Saturday morning for the free skate event, which is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

Miami's collegiate team also will be in action at the Midwestern Championships on Saturday for their competition which is set for 7:24 p.m. The team is representing the United States in Sweden at the Leon Lurje Trophy. The RedHawks are scheduled to compete in the short program event at 1:06 p.m. ET.