Valley Bay Synchro's victory and Team Unique confirms in a close-run
Valley Bay Synchro, winners in the Junior division. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2023)
Sunday was all about free programs. Team Valley Bay Synchro won the junior competition and Team Unique confirmed its narrow lead in a very tight 1st Finnish qualifying competition.
Kaarina's Diamond Edges took the bronze medal in these 2nd qualifications (73.01) and Starlights from Helsinki 3rd with 72.20 points.
Valley Bay Synchro proved to be the strongest of the 1st qualifiers, scoring 185.96 for its two performances over the weekend. The team skated a clean program to the theme "The Little Mermaid". The performance was creative and full of difficulties, with a majority of Level 4s.
3rd after the short programs, Dream Edges finally took the silver medal on Sunday (179.08). The team skated their new free program "Home" in pale pink dresses. Team Fintastic, who finished 6th in the free programs (mainly due to a problem with the synchronized spins, which didn't count), finally came 3rd with a total of 166.19. The team also has a new free program: "Glamorous 1920s"!
Although Team Unique finished 2nd in the free programs, Mirjami Penttinen's team still won the competition with 211.92 points. With "Lacrime d'Amore", their new free program telling a love story, Team Unique won the hearts of the panel.
Helsinki Rockettes, despite a 1st place in the free programs, finished 2nd with and 0.35 points less (211.57). The team skated their "Incantation" program with speed and agility. Marigold IceUnity received the highest technical score (57.25) of the evening. So their program "They are here - Aliens!" has potential this season. The team came 3rd with a total of 210.92. Lumineers, for their part, had to reckon with several falls and finished 4th with a total of 171.51.