Teams Together, Fantazy, Seaside and Inspire claim gold
Team Together - now dressed in blue - won the Advanced Novice division with 81.24 points. (Credits: Figure Skating Pictures - 2021)
After a long pandemic break, Sweden's best synchro teams competed again last weekend at the first qualifying event in Borås. The new national senior team Team Inspire made its competition debut.
There was a lot of nervosity in the air, both for the competitors but also within the audience. Of course, it had been a long time since the last event.
After the debutants, it was the two Junior teams' turn to show what they had been up to for the last 20 months. The regaining champions (19/20) Team Spirit from Kungsbacka against Team Seaside from Tjörn, who lost the last nationals against Team Spirit with less than 2 points.
There was a lot of curiosity in the air; most of the other skaters had made them comfortable on the stands to watch. Team Inspire did not disappoint anyone, a high-speed program with many inspirational transitions was performed, and the audience was thrilled to finally have a senior team back in the Swedish synchro community!
The victory went to Team Together from Kungsbacka. The 12 skaters team earned a stunning score of 81.24 points, winning the competition followed by Team Limelight, 58.79 and Team Seaflowers, with 58.28. It was a very tight competition between most of the teams.
The atmosphere in the arena quickly changed. There was a lot of cheering and anticipation in the air. Team Spirit was first up, and they seemed very pleased with their skate, although they had a fall in one of the intersections, ending up with 92.85 points for the free program resulting in a total of 142,53 points.
Team Seaside then entered the ice and obviously knew what they had to do, knowing the Spirit scores. They performed a clean skate to a cheering audience earning 99,26 points for the free program, a total of 149,40 points and thereby won the category.
The spectators were thrilled and after a bit of a bumpy start for Team Inspire with a couple of mistakes, they came back and delivered a fast and very nice skate for the audience who loved it. They earned 120.89 points for the free program, making it a total of 180,45 points.
That was it for this first Swedish competition in a very long time and both audience and skaters seemed too long for the next one already. The next qualification competition will take place in Kungälv on January 8-9, 2022.
Results - TOP 3
Swedish first qualifications 2021
DEC 04, 2021 - DEC 05, 2021
|1||Team Inspire (SWE)||180.45|
|1||Team Seaside (SWE)||149.40|
|2||Team Spirit (SWE)||142.53|
|1||Team Together (SWE)||81.24|
|2||Team Limelight (SWE)||58.79|
|3||Team Seaflowers (SWE)||58.28|
|1||Team Fantazy (SWE)||27.08|
|2||Team Seastar (SWE)||23.27|