Four U.S. synchro teams to compete in Milan
Miami University, Evolution, Hockettes and Skyliners head to Italy
|The 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place in Ontario, Calif. (Lauren Magliola)|
By U.S. Figure Skating
(02/10/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo.-- Four U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete this week at the 2011 Spring Cup in Milan, Italy. Miami University, the 2010 U.S. bronze medalists, will compete at the senior level, while Evolution, the Hockettes and the Skyliners will participate as juniors. The event takes place Feb. 11-13 at the Palasesto. Miami, from Oxford, Ohio, is a three-time U.S. champion (1999, 2006, 2009). Led by coaches Carla DeGirolamo, Lee Ann Shoker and Katie Bowling, the team earned silver at its international assignment last season, the Neuchatel Trophy. Evolution, representing the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will make its third appearance at the Spring Cup; the team placed seventh in 2009 and second at its first international competition, in 2003. Evolution's 2010 campaign included a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. The team moved from the senior to the junior level prior to this season. The Hockettes continue their season after qualifying last week for the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Championships by finishing second at the Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. Their appearance at the Spring Cup will be their second; they won bronze at the event in 2007. The reigning U.S. junior silver medalist Skyliners secured their spot at the 2011 Junior World Challenge Cup with a win at the Junior World Team Selection Competition in Fond du Lac, Wis., in early January. They won the gold medal at the 2010 Prague Cup, their international assignment a season ago. Finland has won senior gold at each of the three international competitions this season, but it does not have an entry at the Spring Cup. Sweden's Team Surprise is the most decorated senior contender, having won five World titles and medaling at every World Synchronized Skating Championships until 2010, when it placed fifth. Italy's Hot Shivers, the junior bronze medalists at the 2010 Spring Cup, are the only medalists from last year scheduled to defend their spot on the podium.