PLYMOUTH, Mich.--With its best short program of the season, eclipsing its previous best score by nearly nine points, the Miami University senior synchronized skating team sits in second place among the nine-team field at the U.S. National Championships.

The RedHawks came out with a fierce skate to their Dance Macabre-themed short program and earned a mark of 65.74 with a technical element score of 32.26 and a program component score of 33.48. It was a clean skate for the Red and White, who bettered their previous season-high short program score of 56.81 by 8.93 points.

The Haydenettes notched a short program mark of 73.48 and lead the RedHawks by 7.73 points heading into Saturday's free skate event. The Crystallettes recorded a score of 62.98 to sit in third place after the short program and trail Miami by 2.76 points. ICE'Kateers are in fourth place with a short-program score of 51.74 and are followed by Skyliners (46.99), California Gold (45.97), Starlights (44.35), Western Michigan (35.84) and Team Excel (28.19), respectively.

The senior team concludes its stint at the U.S. National Championships on Saturday with the free skate event, which is scheduled to start at 8:39 p.m. Miami looks to finish among the top two and earn a trip to the World Championships in April.

The RedHawk collegiate team also will be in action on Saturday with their competition scheduled to start at 5:42 p.m., while the junior team wraps up their stint at the U.S. National championships later tonight with their free skate competition.