March 6, 2011
ONTARIO, Calif.—Earning its best scores of the season for both programs, Miami University’s senior synchronized skating team returns to the ISU World Championships behind a second-place finish at the U.S. National Championships on Saturday evening.
The RedHawks posted a combined score of 195.50 at the national championships to finish in second place behind the Haydenettes, who posted a combined score of 217.41.
After notching a season-high score of 64.75 for its short program on Friday, Miami came back with another powerful performance on Saturday for its free skate. Themed “Hypnotized by a Dream,” the RedHawks compiled a score of 130.75 for their free skate program with a total element score of 62.84 and a program component score of 67.91. Miami bested its previous high score for its free skate program by more than five points.
The RedHawks’ free skate score was 13 points better than its nearest competitor and their combined score was nearly 16 points better than the third-place Crystallettes (179.85). The Haydenettes had the top scores in both the short program and free skate events.
California Gold finished in fourth (161.58), followed by ICE’Kateers (149.56), Starlights (140.51), Western Michigan (134.22), Illinois (116.88) and Denver Synchronicity (111.47), respectively.
Earlier on Saturday, Miami's collegiate synchronized skating team won its seventh straight national title and the 13th at the collegiate level in program history. (Recap)
After a one-year hiatus from the World Championships, Miami will represent the United States at this ISU World Championships in Helsinki, Finland April 8-9, marking the sixth appearance for the RedHawks at the World Championships in the last seven years.