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Four U.S. synchro teams head to French Cup

Haydenettes and Crystallettes will be in senior event in Rouen

The Haydenettes won their 17th U.S. title last year in Providence, R.I.
The Haydenettes won their 17th U.S. title last year in Providence, R.I. (Paul Harvath)

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(02/05/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete in the junior and senior categories at the 2009 French Cup, held Feb. 6-7 in Rouen, France. The 17-time U.S. champion Haydenettes and last year's U.S. bronze medalists, the Crystallettes, will represent the United States in the senior competition, while the reigning U.S. junior champions, the Chicago Jazz, and the 2008 U.S. junior bronze medalists, the Lexettes, will skate in the junior field.

Competition begins Friday, Feb. 6, with the junior and senior short programs. The free skates will follow on Saturday, Feb. 7.

This year's senior competition consists of 12 teams from eight countries: Canada, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. In the junior division, there are eight teams from five nations: Canada, Finland, France, Sweden and the United States.

Senior

The Haydenettes finished fifth at the 2008 World Synchronized Skating Championships. They won the French Cup in 2000 and again in 2003. They will skate their short program to "Libertango" by Bond and Piazzolla and their free skate to selections from the Forbidden Kingdom motion picture soundtrack.

The Crystallettes will make their second appearance at the French Cup; they placed fourth at the event in 1997. The team has medaled at each of its last two international assignments, winning bronze at the Prague Cup in 2007 and 2008. Their short program music is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" performed by Philharmonic Orchestra and "L'Apprenti Sorcier" performed by Bergen Philharmonic; their free skate is to "You Should be Dancing" by the Bee Gees, "Ole Guapa" by Stanley Black, "Devil's Waltz" by Erin McKeown, "Foot Stompin' Jive" by Red Prysock and "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet.

Junior

The Chicago Jazz are coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2008 World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup for Juniors. The team will skate its short program to "Life is a Bowl of Cherries" from the Fosse motion picture soundtrack and its free skate to selections from the Moulin Rouge motion picture soundtrack.

The Lexettes will make their international debut in Rouen. Their short program is set to "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain, while their free skate music is the theme from Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

U.S. entries at the 2009 French Cup

Senior
• Haydenettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC/Lexington, Mass.)
• Crystallettes (Dearborn FSC/Dearborn, Mich.)

Junior
• Chicago Jazz (Chicago FSC/Chicago, Ill.)
• Lexettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC/Lexington, Mass.)

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