Haydenettes, Miami University Named World Team at U.S. Nationals
By Jacalyn HAGAR
MAR 09, 2022
The Haydenettes during the senior free skate at the U.S. National Championships (Credits: KrPhotogs Photography LLC - 2022)
After a one-year hiatus because of COVID-19, USFSA hosted the Synchronized Skating National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado from March 3-6.
Hundreds of athletes took the ice at the Broadmoor Ice Arena from March 3-6 to compete at the USFSA Synchronized Skating National Championships.
Furthermore, USFSA also finalized the 2022 U.S. World Synchronized Skating team.
After a close battle, the Haydenettes and Miami University Varsity earned hardware as well as spots on the U.S. World Synchronized Skating Team for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Canada on April 7-9. Skyliners are the first alternates and Adrian College Varsity follows as the second alternates.
The Haydenettes dazzled the crowd for both their short and free programs and snagged their 29th U.S. Senior title in program history. The Massachusetts-based team earned a 79.13 in their short program, nearly six points higher than the second-place Miami University.
Miami University Varsity captured the silver and secured their spot for Worlds after their two clean skates and a combined score of 214.87. Their free program was the highest of the event, tipping 140 points and skidding past the Haydenettes in the event.
Miami University, Haydenettes, Skyliners and Adrian College pose on the senior podium (Credits: KrPhotogs Photography LLC - 2022)
Skyliners earned the bronze and was named the first alternates for the U.S. World Team with a combined score of 208.36. Adrian College Varsity was announced as the second alternates and made their way to the podium for the first time in school history with a combined score of 183.75.
The Junior competition was the talk of the competition, with Team Image wowing fans and defying-the-odds.
Just two weeks prior to the U.S. National Championships, USFSA announced that Skyliners and Teams Elite will represent Team USA at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in Innsbruck, Austria in a few days. However, it was the first alternate (Team Image) who won the gold by the end of the event.
Team Image made program history by winning their first national medal in the Junior division with a total score of 192.28. Both programs did not have a single neutral (zero) or negative GOE. Their sentimental programs (including a free program to Oceans by Hillsong UNITED) had fans emotional and giving Team Image a standing ovation.
Teams Elite earned their second consecutive silver medal at the U.S. National Championships. After sitting in third place after the short, their Missy Elliot program was the last program to skate and earned a 125.13, the highest free program score for the night.
Just like their Senior team, Skyliners ended the competition with a bronze and an overall score of 175.95. Regardless of the two falls in their free program, they still managed to capture the bronze and earn a spot on the podium.
Lexettes was named the second alternates to the U.S. Junior World Synchronized Skating Team after finishing fourth overall.
Competing just before the Senior free, the Collegiate division was one that drew hundreds of fans to the Broadmoor World Arena. And it did not disappoint; records were broken and history was made.
Miami University Varsity won the Collegiate division for the 20th time in school history. With their total score of 116.95, Miami also broke the record for the highest Collegiate score ever.
After earning the pewter medal at the Midwestern Sectional Championships, Western Michigan University earned themselves a national bronze medal after having a clean skate for their "hustle" themed program. WMU had the highest base score of all Collegiate teams and had a total score of 104.30, the highest score in school history.
University of Michigan earned the pewter medal even with two falls. With a total score of 97.95, they were able to knock off rival Michigan State University off the podium by .92 points.
And to top off the entire weekend, Olympian Vincent Zhou made an appearance at the National Championship to watch the national-level teams.