U.S. Synchro Champs starts in Maine in two weeks
Top national synchro event begins in Portland, Maine, on March 4
|The 2009 U.S. Synchro Championships will begin on March 5 in Portland, Maine. (U.S. Figure Skating)|
Competition begins Thursday, March 5, with the juvenile free skate. The event will conclude Saturday, March 7, with the senior free skate.
Event tickets are on sale and may be purchased at www.theciviccenter.com or at the arena box office during the event. Individual event tickets are $25 per day. All-event passes are available for $60. Discounted tickets are available for senior citizens, children under 10 and active military personnel. All seats are general admission.
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The event, sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, features 92 teams and more than 1,800 skaters competing in eight divisions: juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters. Teams qualified for the event through placements at their respective sectional championships or through a bye due to international competition. The top two senior-level finishers will earn the honor of representing the United States at the World Synchronized Skating Championships, to be held April 3-4 in Zagreb, Croatia. Last year's senior champions, the Haydenettes, placed fifth out of 22 teams at the 2008 World Synchronized Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Synchronized skating is the fastest-growing figure skating discipline, characterized by speed, accuracy, and intricate formations and transitions performed by teams of 8-20 athletes. It started nearly 50 years ago when a group of skaters was organized to perform at University of Michigan ice hockey games in Ann Arbor, Mich. It has since grown into a competitive discipline, with thousands of athletes participating all over the world.
For more information on the event, visit www.2009synchronationals.com or contact Alan Wolf, the local organizing committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media credential applications and guidelines are available on the event Web site or by contacting Becca Staed at email@example.com.
U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 1,425 member clubs and Basic Skills programs representing approximately 184,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States, including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.