FRASER, Mich.-Miami University's senior and collegiate synchronized skating teams had a strong finish at the Mid-America Championships Sunday in Fraser, Mich. Miami's senior team posted a first-place finish in the free skate event, while the RedHawk collegiate team posted a score more than 12 points ahead of their nearest competition.
Skating to music from the 1920s, the RedHawk senior team posted a score of 100.28 to edge the second-place Haydenettes by a mere 0.05 points. The Haydenettes posted a score of 100.23 for their free skate program. Miami placed second to the Haydenettes (59.86) in Saturday's short program with a score of 56.81. There was no combined scoring for the event. Miami's free skate score at the Mid-America Championships was nearly three points better than its score from its season-opening competition.
The Crystallettes finished third in both events, posting a score of 97.65 in the free skate. Starlights also finished fourth in both events and notched a free skate score of 73.85, while Western Michigan rounded out the field on both days and had a score of 64.48 on Sunday.
Miami's collegiate team won its ninth straight event dating back to the opening competition of the 2010-11 season. The RedHawks amassed a score of 73.71 for their Rock 'N Roll themed program. They eclipsed second-place Delaware (61.12) by 12.59 points. Western Michigan finished in third place with a score of 56.10, followed by Wisconsin (55.72), Michigan (55.06), Adrian (47.18), Michigan State (46.74) and IllinoiSkating (42.65).
All three teams are back in action in two weeks as the collegiate and Junior teams compete at the Midwestern Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Jan. 25-26, while the senior team heads to Gothenburg, Sweden for the Leon Lurje Trophy Jan. 26-27.