Hayden Select, the new Elite 12 Senior team, is almost done with their program
The new team Hayden Select consists of 17 total skaters, with 12 on the ice.
Part of the Hayden Synchro organization, the new Senior team from Boston (USA), Hayden Select, with 12 skaters is coached by Lee Chandler with Saga Krantz as the choreographer.
Introduced last spring by the ISU, this new division Elite 12 will allow experienced and talented athletes to skate a synchronized skating program with 12 skaters (instead of 16).
For this first year, her new team, the Hayden Select, consists of 17 skaters: five Haydenettes from last season, seven former Lexettes, four skaters from other clubs, and one international skater. The head coach is Lee Chandler, with Saga Krantz as the choreographer.
More space, more speed and larger curves
As the team builds the program, they have been making lots of changes to help everything flow better.
Rebeccas has noticed one difference: since they have a lot more space on the ice, they have more freedom for interesting transitions in the program. "There are also a lot more opportunities to gain speed since there are less people. Since skating with only twelve is new for everyone including the coaches, there has been a bit of a learning curve to figure out what works and what doesn’t. For example, it is a lot harder to get a whipped feeling in the whip intersection because there are two less people in each of the lines."
The new senior team plans on demonstrating at the Boston Synchronized Skating Classic and U.S. Nationals. Then, the Hayden Select will probably compete at the U.S. Synchronized Skating International Classic and the French Cup.
"I am so excited to see where the Elite 12 division goes and to show our program to everyone! I think that there is so much potential in this division, and I hope everyone likes it as much as we all do!" - Rebecca Gerfen.