Haydenettes silence competition in short programU.S. title No. 22 appears imminent for Krantz-coached squad
When the Haydenettes performed Friday night at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., the crowd was so sucked into the performance that it remained quiet in anticipation of another superb short program. The team from Lexington, Mass., delivered once again.
"Everything was super silent; there was no extra noise," coach Saga Krantz said of the feeling in the arena. "That's how I know things are going well."
Earning their best score of the season and breaking 70 points for the first time this year, the Haydenettes are well on their way to title No. 22, and this could be the best team Krantz has put on the ice yet.
"This is a very special team," Krantz said, pointing out that nearly all the skaters were returning from last year. "I think that every single year I have the strongest team I have ever had, but that's especially true this year."
Skating to "Bellydance Evolution," the Haydenettes wowed the judges and fans with their high-risk maneuvers and skating skills, which earned them a score of 71.32 and a lead of more than 10 points.
The Haydenettes received Level 4's for four of their elements and added still more points for their grades of execution (GOEs), where 1.66 was their lowest of the five scores delivered by the judges.
Third-place finishers last year, the Crystallettes are in prime position for a spot on the world team after a second-place short program. They earned a total of 61.26 and have an advantage of more than five points over third-place Miami University.
Coach Holly Teets said her team's objective was to skate like the strong, powerful, independent women that they are, and they surely did just that.
"I thought they skated great -- they really attacked it," Teets said.
"They were powerful, it felt easy, and they were very entertaining," fellow coach Shannon Peterson added.
Skating to "I'm a Woman," the Crystallettes got Level 4 on five of their elements, the most of any team, and received the top scores of any team for their wheel and transition elements.
In third place is Miami, last year's silver medalists, with 56.23 points. Always greeted to their starting and ending poses with the great support of the Red and White, the RedHawks are still in the mix heading into Saturday's free skate.
"I thought that their performance was really great," coach Carla DeGirolamo said. "I could really feel them feeling the music and working with each other out on the ice."
With Miami earning four Level 4's, the separation between second and third largely came down to the quality of the elements -- the RedHawks received only one GOE higher than 0.79.
"We are excited to go out and compete again tomorrow," DeGirolamo said. "We'll go from there."
Less than two points out of third are the Starlights, who put out an electric performance to "Carnaval De Paris."