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Team Braemar bolts into first place after short

Skyliners, Lexettes in battle for silver

Team Braemar is in search of its third U.S. junior title in four years.
Team Braemar is in search of its third U.S. junior title in four years. (Ed Collier Photography)

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By Josh Ellis, special to icenetwork.com
(03/01/2012) - Before Team Braemar took to the ice for its short program, thundersticks roared through the arena. Once the team's performance was over, like lightning, it bolted to the top of the standings.

With 54.55 points, the team from Braemar-City of Lakes FSC is in first place after the short program in the junior event at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Worcester, Mass.

"They did a great job," head coach Pam May said. "We haven't skated since French Cup, and we have worked hard since then, and I thought they came out and sold the program."

Skating to a song May admitted she originally listened to as a joke called "Blah Blah Blah, Cha Cha Cha," and in a color -- pink -- that it have never worn before, Team Braemar has made great strides since finishing sixth at French Cup.

"Since French Cup we have been working on a lot of our edges and on some of our transitions, and I saw a huge improvement during the skate," May said.

In second place, the Skyliners (SC of NY) are on the "Edge of Glory," skating to the Lady Gaga song of the same name, as they posted 51.59 points.

Last year's gold medalists earned a total components score of 28.92, the top mark of the event.

"It felt great, and the energy felt really high on the ice tonight," team captain Jennifer Schwartzman said. "After our performance we feel ready to bring it in the free skate, and we are going to leave it all on the ice."

Dressed in a playful short program costume, skating to Lady Gaga requires a different type of mentality.

"We feel like we need to take on a whole new mindset on the ice to get on her level," Schwartzman added.

In third place after the short program with 50.30 points, the Lexettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC) will look to build off this strong performance in Friday's free skate.

"As a coach I am very happy with the performance tonight," head coach Saga Krantz said. "It was great to see them execute the elements we have worked on a lot during the last few weeks. It was a great end to the season for this short program."

The Lexettes earned the second-best technical elements score (24.03) of the competition.

In fourth place after the short program is Chicago Jazz (Chicago FSC) with 45.92 points.