Miami University, Teams Elite Stand Out at Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic
Allegro! Masters and Open Masters teams made a successful debut at the Kalamazoo Kick Off Classic. (Credits: Allegro! - 2022)
From Nov. 19-20, teams across the United States and Canada traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the Kalamazoo Kick-Off Classic at the Wings Event Center.
Although the competition featured no Senior teams and only one Junior team (Synchronicity from Ontario, CAN), there was still tons of great skating through a variety of divisions.
Nonetheless, the Collegiate division was a fun one to watch, with amazing programs that were competitive with one another.
Miami University Collegiate snagged their first gold of the season, earning just under 90 points (89.52). The 2022 National Champions made their first ever appearance at the Kick-Off Classic, but went home with some hardware that will make it memorable.
The bronze medal went to University of Michigan, who debuted their “Criminal” program. The 2020 National Champions earned a total of 82.57 points.
Coming home with the pewter was Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo natives. Although the “Jungle”-themed program was less than half a point away from the bronze (82.13 points), they were still able to come home with a medal.
Fifth place was Adrian College Varsity (77.16 points), followed by Michigan State University (72.96 points) and University of Illinois (58.35 points).
Teams Elite set the bar high early in the season by earning a whopping 88.89 points. For reference, this score would have put them on the podium at Nationals last season, so it's safe to say that Teams Elite Novice is continuing to improve after being the National Champions last season.
Starlights were also very impressive at the Kick-Off, notching 74.84 points and winning the silver medal. After earning fifth last season at Nationals and third at the Kick-Off, Starlights are also continuing to build up upon from last season.
Fond du Lac Blades cruised into fourth place with 65.50 points. Following Fond du Lac Blades was Cleveland Ice Storm (59.54 points) and Crystallettes (57.58 points).
- Allegro! had a clean sweep between both of their teams in Masters and Open Masters. With Masters notching a grand total of 47.51 points (nearly five points above second) and straight-ones in Open Masters, it is safe to say that Allegro! had a successful weekend.
- Starlights won the Juvenile division after missing the podium at Nationals last season. Starlights had a total of 55.01 points, which would've won them the gold at Nationals in March.
- Adrian College Varsity took home some hardware in Open Collegiate after winning the gold. The 2022 Midwestern Champions continued their success into this season, making them a competitor in the division yet again.
Many and more teams will now be traveling to the other side of the state of Michigan in Ann Arbor this weekend to compete at the Porter Classic, happening Dec. 2-4.