ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Dominant performances were the order of the day for all three Miami University synchronized skating teams on the final day of the season-opening competition for the RedHawks. The RedHawk senior and collegiate teams each placed first in their respective divisions at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic, while the junior team boasted a second-place showing in the free skate and finished third overall for the competition.
Miami's collegiate team, skating to a Rock 'N Roll theme, posted the largest margin of victory for the RedHawks on Sunday. The collegiate team won with a score of 80.25, 16.05 points ahead of its nearest competitor. Michigan placed second with a score of 64.20 followed by Western Michigan (58.92), Delaware (56.80), Wisconsin (56.24), Team Excel (55.58), Michigan State (55.50), Adrian (52.02) and IllinoiSkating (41.42). The RedHawk collegiate team has won eight straight events, dating back to the 2010-11 Dr. Richard Porter Classic where they finished second.
The RedHawk senior team, leading their division by a 6.18 point margin after Saturday's short program, extended their lead with a first-place finish in the free skate event. The RedHawks, skating a 1920s themed free skate program, amassed a score of 97.78 to finish with a combined score of 146.02. Miami won the competition by nearly 11 points. The second-place Crystallettes recorded a score of 93.84 for their free skate program and finished with a combined score of 135.90. Starlights finished with a combined score of 122.70 to place third followed by Skyliners (115.96), California Gold (111.28), Western Michigan (79.66) and Team Excel (62.90).It was the second straight year Miami's senior team has won the Dr. Richard Porter Classic.
The junior team had a fantastic effort in the season-opening competition, posting the best finish by a junior team at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in Miami skating history. To their free skate program themed Hollywood, Miami produced a score of 81.42 to finish second to Skyliners (89.72) in the free skate portion of the event. Skyliners, who sat in second after the short program, captured the Dr. Richard Porter Classic with a combined score of 131.12. Synergy, who led after the short program, finished in second with a combined score of 124.32, followed by Miami (121.98). Chicago Jazz placed fourth with a combined score of 117.62, followed by Saint Louis Synergy (114.26), Les Supremes (110.04), Hockettes (99.70) and Team Delaware (81.76).
All three teams are off until traveling to Fraser, Mich., Jan. 11-12. The junior team will compete at the Junior World Qualifier Jan. 11-12, while the senior and collegiate teams will be competing in the same location at the Mid-America Championships Jan. 12-13.