MENTOR, Ohio – The Miami University synchronized skating program got its competitive season underway with the senior team emerging victorious at the Diamond Classic on Saturday.
Facing Adrian College in the competition, the RedHawks’ senior team put on a strong display of their short program as their performance of “Phantom of the Opera” by Lindsey Stirling topped Adrian by a 51.06-44.56 margin during the morning session. Later in the day, the MU senior team returned to the ice for its Showgirls themed Free Skate and edged Adrian once more by three-hundredths of a point (96.26-96.23) to finish on top in the combined results 147.32-140.79.
In the collegiate competition, the RedHawks finished second to the Bulldogs (61.69-59.97) in their Tina Turner medley. Deductions were a bit costly for Miami as it lost three points due to falls that made up the difference in the standings.
“This was a good first outing,” Head Coach Carla DeGirolamo said. “We had a few small things that we’ll work on, but both teams attacked their programs and had a really good first skate of the season. On the collegiate side, there were a lot of nice things that happened and some things that we’ll work on and we’re looking forward to moving ahead on both ends.
“We were a little tentative at the beginning of the short program, but we picked up once we got going. The collegiate team was also working out some kinks to get into competition mode. Both teams took the ice with good energy. We need to work on our consistency, but that will come with time. Overall, this was a good first outing as we jump into competition season.”
The RedHawks are back in action next weekend when they head to California for the Anaheim ICE Synchronized Fall Classic. That competition runs on Saturday and Sunday.