In its last weekend of competition before the U.S. National Championships in late February, the Miami University synchronized skating program had a strong weekend with the collegiate team capturing the Midwestern Championships and the senior team placing fourth at the Mozart Cup.
The RedHawk collegiate team had a dominant performance, posting a season-high score of 97.63 for its program themed “Moments.” The score was more than 20 points better than its nearest competitors. It also was nearly 20 points better than the RedHawks’ previous season-high score for their program.
Miami had a clean skate and recorded total element score of 43.01 and a program component score of 54.62. Michigan State placed second with a score of 76.37 followed by Michigan (76.04), Wisconsin (69.86), IllinoiSkating (65.68) and Western Michigan (63.96).
Miami’s senior team, representing the United States at the international event, earned a score of 106.86 for its free skate program themed “Cards.”. The RedHawks earned a total element score of 46.22 and a program component score of 60.64. Miami finished with a combined score of165.88 to place fourth among the 14-team field after posting a score of 59.02 on Friday for its short program to the music “Let It Be.”
Marigold Ice Unity (Finland) won the Mozart Cup with a combined score of 209.98, with Rockettes (Finland) placing second with a combined score of 201.18. NEXXICE (Canada) finished third (194.64). Germany’s Team Berlin 1 followed Miami in fifth place with a score of 149.40 followed by Italy’s Hot Shivers (143.38), Russia’s Team Crystal (133.30), Switzerland’s Cool Dreams (117.06), Japan’s Tokyo Synchronized Skating Club (114.08), USA’s California Gold (113.76), Czech Republic’s Olympia (109.04), German’s Skating Graces (104.68), Croatia’s Zagreb Snowflakes (95.42) and Switzerland’s Starlight Team (83.46).
All three RedHawk teams will perform one more time at an intermission of a hockey game and will host their Nationals Send-Off Exhibition at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Steve Cady Arena. Miami will head to the U.S. National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Feb. 27 to March 1.