ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Miami University’s senior synchronized skating team placed first at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic, while the RedHawks’ collegiate team placed second and the junior team jumped to sixth place in the final standings on Sunday in the season-opening completion for all three teams.
The RedHawk senior team amassed a score of 114.60 for its free skate program themed “Cards” to the clip second-place Crystallettes, who finished with a score of 114.26 in the free skate. Miami won the Dr. Richard Porter Classic for the third straight year with a combined score of 173.96, edging the Crystallettes (172.36) by a 1.60 margin. (Complete senior division standings/results were not available at time of release.)
With their free skate program themed “Moments”, Miami’s collegiate team placed second at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic, ending a string of 11 straight first-place finishes for the RedHawks. Miami had two falls in its skate and finished with a score of 76.20, just 1.88 points behind first-place Western Michigan, who recorded a score of 78.08. The RedHawks bettered their nearest competitors by more than seven points with Delaware finishing in third place with a score of 69.18. Michigan State (68.42), IllinoiSkating (64.32), Team Excel (63.48), Wisconsin (57.44) and Michigan (54.36) followed, respectively.
The RedHawk junior team had a strong showing on Sunday afternoon, placing fifth in the free skate with a score of 76.42 to finish sixth overall with a combined score of 112.76 for the event. Miami entered Sunday in eighth place after the short program and jumped two places with its free skate results. The RedHawks were a mere 0.08 points from fourth place for their free skate themed “Dancing Dolls”. Nexxice won the junior division with a combined score of 146.52. They were followed by Saint Louis Synergy (129.68), Skyliners (129.30), Chicago Jazz (119.42), Fond du Lac Blades (113.32), Miami, Hockettes (108.28), Starlights (97.72), Team Delaware (92.30).
Miami’s junior and senior teams return to the ice Jan. 3-4 at the Junior World Qualifier/Foot of the Lake Classic in Fond du Lac, Wis. The RedHawk collegiate and senior teams will be in action the following weekend at the Mid-America Championships in Frasier, Mich.