Haydenettes grab fourth in short, trail Paradise

Team Surprise takes second at synchro worlds; Crystallettes settle for 11th

Emily Albert and Audrey McQuade of the Haydenettes, who finished fourth in the short program.
Emily Albert and Audrey McQuade of the Haydenettes, who finished fourth in the short program. (Alex Finn)


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By Leslie Graham, special to
(04/13/2012) - As predicted, the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships are showcasing the greatest talent from all over the world in Gothenburg, Sweden. With only 4.05 points separating the first-place team from the sixth-place team, the competition has lived up to everyone's expectations.

After Paradise, representing Russia, hit the ending pose of their program, much of the crowd knew they had witnessed something special. A team that has struggled with consistency, Paradise skated beautifully to the song "Hallelujah," which drew many of the spectators to their feet. Gorgeous, mesmerizing and moving were all words being used to describe this lyrical program.

Highlighted by nearly flawless moves in the field sequence -- which earned them 7.77 points -- Paradise also earned full credit for their circle step sequence and no hold step sequence. They had the highest base value of the competition (22.90) and are 0.44 points ahead of their closest competition.

Sweden's first team, Team Surprise, skated a creative and fast program to the music from the video game "Mario Kart." The Swedish crowd was cheering loudly for their hometown favorites, who are in second place after scoring 64.63 points.

In third is Nexxice from Canada. The 2009 world champions skated to "Red Run" by Japanese Tao Drummers, which really showcased their smooth skating quality.

The U.S. champ Haydenettes are in fourth place after a clean skate to "Dancing with the Muse" by Spheeris. With a score of 62.14 points, the Haydenettes' head coach, Saga Krantz, was happy with her team's skate.

"We are extremely happy we are in fourth. We all knew it was going to be a tight competition," she said.

Haydenettes co-captain, Jenna Longo, said it was one of their strongest skates of the season.

Co-captain Kelly Ottaviano added that Saturday is a brand new day, and that they are confident in their Lady Gaga long program. They are hoping to improve on their bronze medal finish at the last two world championships.

After not qualifying for last year's event, the Crystallettes earned the opportunity to compete in Gothenburg with a silver-medal performance at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships last month.

The team sits in 11th place, just 0.38 points from ninth place.

Coaches Shannon Peterson and Holly Teets were happy with their team's skate to "Mercy" by Duffy.

"It was the best short skate of the year. They put it all together when it mattered most," Peterson said.

"They looked like they were enjoying every moment," Teets added.

The 2010 and 2011 gold and silver medalists, the Rockettes and Marigold Ice Unity (both of Finland), currently sit in sixth and fifth place respectively.