GOTHENBURG, Sweden—With two strong skates, Miami University’s junior synchronized skating team finished in fifth place in the overall standings at the Leon Lurje Trophy Jan. 18-19. The RedHawks posted fifth-place scores in both the short program and free skate events, earning a combined score of 122.82.
With a clean skate to their long program themed “Dancing Dolls,” the RedHawk junior team posted a season-best score of 85.98 in Sunday’s free skate event. It is nearly 10 points better than their previous season high of 76.42 at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in December. Miami notched a technical element score of 39.44, the second highest of any free skate program in the junior division, and posted a program component score of 46.54. The RedHawks’ free skate score was a mere 0.63 points behind the fourth-best score.
Team Convivium, from the host country, won the Leon Lurje Trophy with a combined score of 156.45. They were followed by Synchroettes, the other U.S. team, with a score of 136.28. Sweden’s Team Spirit (136.07) and Finland’s Reflections (129.04) finished in third and fourth, respectively. Three teams from Finland—Fireblades (119.94), Chrystal Dreams (107.07) and Les Miracles (96.33)—followed Miami, while three teams from Sweden—Team Seaside (96.07), Team Rhapsody (87.52) and Team Moonlights (84.24)—rounded out the 11-team field.
Miami’s junior team is off until the U.S. National Championships Feb. 27-March 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The RedHawk collegiate and senior teams are in action next weekend in their final competitions before nationals. Miami’s collegiate team competes in the Midwestern Championships Jan. 25, while the senior team represents the United States at the Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria, Jan. 24-25.