KALAMAZOO, Mich.-Winning by an 11.74 margin, Miami University's collegiate synchronized skating team completed a RedHawk sweep at the Midwestern Championships on Saturday. The RedHawk junior team also captured gold at the Midwestern Championships earlier in the day.
The win was the 10th-straight first-place finish for the collegiate team dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. It also was the third time in as many competitions the RedHawk collegiate team has won by a double-figure margin.
The RedHawks had a clean skate and amassed a score of 79.10 for their Rock 'N Roll-themed program. Michigan finished in second place with a score of 67.36 and was followed by Western Michigan in third place with a score of 60.56. Wisconsin (59.54), Michigan State (58.98), Adrian (57.64) and Illinois (53.26) rounded out the collegiate field, respectively.
Although the RedHawks took a one-year hiatus from the Midwestern Championships last year and also in 2008-09, Miami's collegiate team has now won this competition the last six times it has competed at the event.
Competing in the Midwestern Championships for the fourth time in Miami junior program history, the RedHawk junior team seized their second first-place finish at the event earlier in the day and the first since 2007-08. It is just the second first-place finish by a junior team at any event in program history.
Miami's senior team also was in action on Saturday. Amidst a strong international field at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Goteborg, Sweden, the senior team sits in second place after Saturday's short program. The RedHawks trail first-place Team Surprise (Sweden), the defending World Champions, by just 2.73 points.
The RedHawk collegiate and junior teams are idle from competition until they compete at the U.S. National Championships in Plymouth, Mich. Feb. 28-March 2. Miami's senior team concludes its stint at the Leon Lurje Trophy with Sunday's free skate event.