The 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships has started in Rockford
Hockettes Junior (USA). /Credits : Roy Ng
Hosted by the Starlights Synchronized Skating Teams and the Skokie Valley Skating Club, the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships takes place Feb. 23-25, 2017, at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois. The competition features 94 teams and nearly 1700 athletes. Juvenile, Intermediate, and Junior categories competed on Thursday.
After the official practices on Wednesday, the competition began on Thursday, Feb. 23 with the Juvenile and Intermediate free skates followed by the Junior short program.
In the Juvenile division, scores were very close. The victory went to Skyliners from New York. Representing the Hayden Recreation Center, Mini Mates took the 2nd place and Teams Elite finished 3rd. Capital Ice Connection from Bismarck, Team Image (Yonkers FSC), Starlights and Chicago Jazz completed the rankings. A total of 13 synchro teams competed in this category.
Second field and second gold medal for Skyliners. The Skating Club of New York also won the gold at the Intermediate level. Capital Ice Chips won the silver medal, and 0.13 points behind, Star Mates, representing Hayden Recreation Center, took the bronze title. The Californian Team Del Sol placed 4th, Starlights were 5th and Team Delaware 6th. In this division, 12 teams gave their best on the ice.
On Thursday, the 11 Junior teams engaged presented their short program. With 2.5 points lead on Skyliners, Lexettes finished 1st after this first program. Starlights from Skokie Valley is provisionally 3rd. 5.3 behind were Hockettes who finished 4th, Chicago Jazz was 5th and Fond Du Lac Blades placed 6th.
Teams qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Championships through placements at their respective sectional championships or through a bye due to an international assignment.
The 2017 U.S. World Synchronized Team will be selected at the conclusion of the Senior event and will represent the United States at the 2017 World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 7-9, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Last year’s U.S. champions, the Haydenettes, and silver medalists, Miami University, placed third and ninth, respectively, at the 2016 World Synchronized Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
On Friday, the Junior teams will skate their free program, the Seniors will present their short and the Novice and Masters competitions will take place in Rockford. On Saturday, the Adult Free Skate, the Collegiates, and the Senior Free Programs will be held.
Source: U.S. Figure Skating