Ice Network

Haydenettes in position to grab 26th senior title

Skyliners vault to second with solid short; Miami University sits in third
  • Ice Network on Facebook
  • Ice Network on Twitter
In search of their ninth consecutive senior title and 26th overall, the Haydenettes turned in a solid display Friday night in Oregon, and their segment mark of 73.17 has the Massachusetts team in first place. -Jay Adeff

With power and speed, the Haydenettes attacked the ice and put themselves in strong position to earn their ninth consecutive U.S. senior title Friday night at the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Portland, Oregon.

The Lexington, Massachusetts-based team easily won the short program with 73.17 points. The Skyliners (SC of New York), who placed third last season, came off the ice with joyful tears after earning 66.08 points to take second in the segment, while Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) currently sits in third place after achieving 64.54 points.

Skating to the staccato beats of "Run Boy Run" from the futuristic movie Divergent, the Haydenettes created a program that entertained and inspired. The judges agreed with these sentiments, as they awarded the team all positive Grades of Execution (GOEs). With the addition of a beautiful wheel -- for which they received 8.21 points -- and a fearless, no-peek intersection (8.71 points), it is undoubtedly clear the Haydenettes will have their sights set on picking up a record 26th U.S. title when they compete in Saturday's free skate.

Following Friday night's performance, coach Saga Krantz walked from the kiss and cry with a small fist pump, shouting, "Yes! Yes!"

"They work so hard, so hard," Krantz said with respect for her team. "I just want them to enjoy the moment, because not all the practices are pure joy. The performance today was, to me, solid and I love when I see them be genuinely happy."

Rounding out the six-team field are the Crystallettes (Dearborn FSC) with 58.58 points, Adrian College (Adrian, Michigan), who registered a mark of 51.56, and California Gold (All Year FSC), who stand with 43.89 points.