World Synchro Champs kick off Friday
Haydenettes, Miami University ready to hit the ice in Finland
|The Haydenettes are the reigning U.S. synchronized skating champions. (Paul Harvath)|
By U.S. Figure Skating
(04/07/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete April 8-9 at the 2011 International Skating Union (ISU) World Synchronized Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Haydenettes, the reigning U.S. champions, and Miami University, the 2011 U.S. silver medalists, will represent the United States at the event. Competition begins Friday, April 8 at the Helsinki Ice Arena with the short program. Competition wraps up the next day with the free skate. The field consists of 21 teams representing 16 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and United States. The Haydenettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC/Lexington, Mass.) earned their 12th consecutive berth to the World Synchronized Championships by winning the title at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Ontario, Calif., in March. A year ago, the Haydenettes captured their first World medal, a bronze, behind a pair of Finnish teams. The team placed second at its international assignment this season, the Mozart Cup. Miami University (Miami University/Oxford, Ohio) returns to the World Synchronized Championships after missing out on qualifying for the event last season-just the third time in the competition's 12-year history the RedHawks were not part of the field. The team earned a trip to Helsinki by finishing second at the U.S. Synchronized Championships. Miami took the bronze at its international assignment, the Spring Cup, in February.