COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Behind a flawless performance to kick off the collegiate competition on Saturday evening, Miami University attacked its skate at the U.S. National Championships and made U.S. Figure Skating history as the RedHawks won their 10th straight national title, setting the record for consecutive titles in any discipline of skating at any level.
This eclipses the record by pairs skaters Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles of nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919) that had stood for 87 years, which the RedHawks tied last season.
The first team to skate, the RedHawks seized the moment and set the bar high, amassing a score of 96.80 with a technical element score of 42.14 and a program component score of 54.66. By no coincidence, the RedHawks’ program themed “Moments” was just that as Miami captured the program’s 16th collegiate national title by a dominant margin of 18.03 points over its nearest competitors in the 12-team field.
Team Excel finished in second behind Miami with a score of 78.77 and was followed by Michigan State (78.60), Michigan (78.13), Delaware (76.79), Western Michigan (71.71), Wisconsin (69.78), IllinoiSkating (63.31), New Hampshire (57.53), Chesapeake (55.45), Massachusetts (52.48) and Oswego State (46.42).
This concludes the competitive season for the RedHawk collegiate team. Miami’s senior team competes in the free skate event later tonight at the U.S. National Championships.