Two U.S. synchro teams headed to Switzerland
Skyliners and Team Braemar set to compete
|The Skyliners won the junior championship crown at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. (Paul Harvath)|
By U.S. Figure Skating
(03/09/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete March 10-12 at the 2011 International Skating Union (ISU) Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The Skyliners, the newly crowned U.S. junior champions, and Team Braemar, the 2011 U.S. junior silver medalists, will represent the United States at the event. Competition begins Friday, March 11 at the Patinoires du Littoral Arena with the short program, with the free skate taking place Saturday, March 12. The field consists of 19 teams representing 14 countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. The Skyliners (SC of New York) earned their second consecutive berth to the Junior World Challenge Cup by winning the World Junior Team Selection Competition in Fond du Lac, Wis., in January. A year ago, in their first appearance at the event, the Skyliners placed fifth. The team won its international assignment, the Spring Cup, in February before earning its first U.S. title at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Team Braemar (Braemar-City of Lakes FSC) will make its third consecutive appearance at this event and looks to improve on a fourth-place finish from a season ago. The team earned its berth by finishing second at the World Junior Team Selection Competition. Braemar followed a gold medal at the French Cup with silver at the U.S. Synchronized Championships.