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Swedish synchro teams win big at Spring Cup

Tararstan of Russia takes senior silver, Germany's Team Berlin junior bronze

The Starlights of Buffalo Grove, Ill., placed fifth at the Spring Cup with 135.67 points.
The Starlights of Buffalo Grove, Ill., placed fifth at the Spring Cup with 135.67 points. (Paul Harvath)

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By Josh Ellis, special to icenetwork.com
(02/21/2012) - Sweden was the big winner at the 2012 Spring Cup in Milan, Italy, as its synchronized skating teams earned four of the six medals at the senior and junior levels.

In the senior competition, Team Surprise, the fourth-place finisher in the 2011 World Synchronized Skating Championships and the gold medalist at the 2011 Spring Cup, earned gold as it took the lead in the short program and held on to the top spot after the free skate. Team Surprise led by more than five points, with a short program score of 63.68, and won by less than two points as it finished second in the free skate. The team earned a total of 180.77 points for the competition.

Finishing first in the free skate and second in the short program, Tatarstan of Russia earned the silver medal. Tatarstan also finished second in this event last season and earned 58.09 points for its short program before posting the top score in the free skate of 84.02 points. The unit finished with 179.13 points overall.

Sweden's Team Boomerang earned the bronze with 152.06 points.

The Starlights, who finished sixth at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, finished fifth with a score of 135.67.

In the junior competition, Team Convivium of Sweden, the sixth-place finisher at the 2011 Junior World Challenge Cup, posted the highest score (127.94) by a margin of more than 10 points as it earned first place in both the short program and free skate.

Earning the silver medal was Team Spirit of Sweden. The ninth-place finisher at the 2011 junior worlds placed third in the short program and second in the free skate to take the silver by less than a point over Team Berlin of Germany, which earned the bronze with a total score of 116.60.

Evolution of the United States, the silver medalist at this event last year, finished seventh with 93.04 points.