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Catch them if you can: DC Edge jets to adult gold

Flight attendant-themed troupe soars to title; Team Delaware wins emotional bronze

With a record-breaking 72.00 points, DC Edge ushered in a new jet age in Worcester.
With a record-breaking 72.00 points, DC Edge ushered in a new jet age in Worcester. (Ed Collier Photography)

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By Renee Felton, special to icenetwork.com
(03/03/2012) - DC Edge landed in first place in record-breaking fashion, earning 72.00 points and upending the former high score in this event by nearly 12 points (60.24 by Esprit de Corps in 2011). The medal is the club's first ever in this division.

The aviation-themed program, complete with flight attendant-inspired costumes, was as fun for fans to watch as it was for the skaters to perform at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Championships.

"Stewardesses are known as being composed and perfect at all times," coach and competitor Libby Rhoads explained. "I think we were just that, but had a lot of fun with the program and with the audience."

The free skate received top marks for both technical elements and program components. The wheel, segment and line elements were each scored as Level 3s and received 4.70 points each.

Rhoads and co-coach Jenny DeSimone heard the program's opening musical number "Jet Set" from the play Catch Me if You Can and were inspired to create the program for this team.

"This fits our team perfectly," DeSimone said. "The adults love to be silly and have fun. They honestly don't mind being a little cheesy. It just works."

Two-time defending champions Esprit de Corps (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC) finished second to earn their fifth consecutive medal. Their Dream Girls free skate earned 69.28 points, including 40.39 for program components.

"That was amazing," skater Erika Takvorian said. "When I hit my ending pose, I knew there was nothing we could have done better."

Takvorian and teammate Melanie Barton, who have skated on this team for six-plus years each, were excited to defend their title.

"When you have won two gold medals in a row, some of the pressure is off because you know you are a good team and can do this," Barton said. "Of course, we would love to have won, but did you see how much fun we had out there? That's what it's all about at this level."

An emotional bronze medal went to Team Delaware with a score of 64.52 points. "Team Jen" dedicated the season to friend Jen Wickersham, who lost her battle to breast cancer in November at the age of 29.

"Even though Jen didn't skate on our team, she was still a team member," team representative Meghan Ramick said. "Every time we go on the ice, we are fighting for our dear friend."