GOTEBORG, Sweden-One of two teams representing the United States, Miami University's senior synchronized skating team finished in third place among a strong five-team international field at the Leon Lurrje Trophy in Goteborg, Sweden.
The RedHawks amassed a combined score of 148.33 at the event, which is their best combined score of the season. Miami earned a score of 95.37 for its free skate program with 1920s themed music. The RedHawks, who had two falls, notched a technical element score of 35.24and a program component score of 62.13.
Marigold IceUnity (Finland) catapulted to a top finish with its free skate score of 122.77, which gave them a combined score of 174.48 to win the event.
The RedHawks entered Sunday's free skate trailing Team Surprise (Sweden), the defending World Champions who led the field after the short program, by just 2.73 points after notching a score of 52.96 for its short program themed Dance Macabre on Saturday. Team Surprise finished second overall with a combined score of 172.85 after posting a score of 117.16 for their free skate program.
Miami edged fourth-place Team Boomerang (Sweden) by 0.71 points in the combined scoring. Team Boomerang posted a free skate score of 97.84 and a combined score of 147.62. Crystallettes (USA) rounded out the competition field after posting a score of 86.04 in the free skate and a combined score of 133.45.
All three RedHawk skating teams are off until the U.S. National Championships Feb. 28-March 2 in Plymouth, Mich. Each team will perform one more time during a home hockey game and all three teams will host a Nationals Send-Off Exhibition at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.