KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Bolstered by two clean skates, Miami University's junior synchronized skating team captured gold at the Midwestern Championships on Saturday morning in Kalamazoo, Mich. The RedHawks won the competition with a combined score of 122.52.
Competing in the Midwestern Championships for the fourth time in Miami junior program history, the RedHawks seized their second first-place finish at the event and the first since 2007-08. It is just the second first-place finish by a junior team at any event in program history.
The RedHawks held a 5.10 lead heading into Saturday's free skate after posting a score of 40.34 on Friday evening for their short program themed Devil in the Blue Dress. For their Hollywood-themed free skate, the RedHawks earned a score of 82.18 with a technical element score of 34.74 and a program component score of 47.44. It was the RedHawks' best free skate score of the season.
Chicago Jazz finished in second place with a combined score of 114.82 after posting a score of 79.58 in the free skate. Saint Louis Synergy finished in third with a combined score of 106.62 and earned a score of 72.78 for their free skate.
The RedHawk junior team is off until the U.S. National Championships Feb. 28-March 2 in Plymouth, Mich. Miami's collegiate team competes this evening in the Midwestern Championships, while the senior team represents the United States at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Sweden this weekend.