BOSTON—Skating against the best teams in the world, the Miami University senior synchronized skating team jumped two spots to finish eighth among the 20-team field at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships at Agganis Arena in Boston.
A capacity crowd again greeted the RedHawks—Team USA 2— with a raucous welcome as they took the ice Saturday evening for the free skate event in their final competition of the season. With a clean skate to their 1920s-themed program, the RedHawks’ entertaining and energetic performance earned a technical element score of 52.37 and a program component score of 63.26 to record of score of 115.63 for the free skate.
Miami’s free skate score was more than seven points better than team Sweden 2 and over 18 points more than Team Germany, which catapulted the RedHawks ahead of both teams in the final standings.
After notching a score of 56.38 for its Dance Macabre-themed short program, Miami amassed a combined score of 172.01 at the World Championships.
Team Finland 1 captured gold at the event with a combined score of 208.77. They edged Team Canada 1, who earned silver, with a score of 208.25. The Haydenettes, Team USA 1, finished in third with a combined score of 202.53, while Team Finland 2 (201.00), Team Russia 1 (197.31), Team Canada 2 (191.42) and Team Sweden 1 (185.82) comprised the rest of the top seven teams, respectively.
Team Sweden 2 (167.48), Team Germany (153.65), Team Russia 2 (152.88), Team Italy (150.16), Team France (124.92), Team Japan (120.17), Team Czech Republic (112.04), Team Australia (90.15), Team Croatia (79.37), Team Hungary (76.78), Team Mexico (73.42) and Team South Africa (61.62) rounded out the remainder of the field behind Miami, respectively.
Although the RedHawks have completed their competitive season, all three Miami skating teams will perform for the final time during the annual Goggin Ice Show, which is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.