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Marigold Ice Unity, Convivium reign at Leon Lurje

Miami takes fourth, Crystallettes fifth in seniors; Synchroettes win junior bronze

Miami University skaters (L-R) Colleen, Katelyn, Alli and Ingrid unleash synchronized smiles. Miami would finish fourth in seniors.
Miami University skaters (L-R) Colleen, Katelyn, Alli and Ingrid unleash synchronized smiles. Miami would finish fourth in seniors. (courtesy of U.S. Figure Skating)

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By Leslie Graham, special to icenetwork.com
(01/29/2013) - The synchronized skating international season continued with the Leon Lurje Trophy. Three U.S. teams competed Jan. 26-27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Crystallettes (Dearborn, Mich.) and Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) skated in the senior division, and the Synchroettes (Essex, N.J.) made their international debut in the junior division.

Seniors

The senior division proved to be extremely competitive, as all but one of the teams competed at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships.

After the short program, 2012 world champions Team Surprise proved to be the best once again, earning the highest short program score of 55.69. Miami University, skating to "Danse Macabre," had the second-best short program, earning 52.96 points. The highlights of their program were their moves in the field element, which scored them 7.17 points, and their no hold element.

Marigold Ice Unity of Finland, fourth-place finishers at last year's world championships, had two falls in the short program, which landed them in third place with 51.71 points.

The Crystallettes, the 2012 U.S. silver medalists and world competitors, had one fall in their bock element. Skating to "That Man" by Caro Emerald, the team's highest program components were choreography and interpretation.

In the free skate, skating to "Chess, the Game of Love," Marigold Ice Unity came back to win the segment and finish first overall with 174.48 points. Team Surprise won the silver medal with 172.85 points.

Miami University, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalists, had a fourth-place finish in the free skate with their 1920s-inspired program, dropping them to third place overall. They finished the competition with 148.33 points.

Skating a theatrical, vampire-themed free skate, the Crystallettes put out a solid program but unfortunately had falls which negatively affected their score. They finished in fifth, with a total of 133.45 points.

Juniors

Team Convivium of Sweden won the short and free skate en route to winning the junior division with 133.82 points. Four falls in the free skate did not stop the seventh-place finishers at the 2012 Junior World Challenge Cup from winning the gold medal.

Team Spirit, also Junior World Challenge Cup competitors, won the silver medal. They posted the highest technical score in the short program, which helped carry them to a second-place finish. They ended the competition with 127.08 points.

A strong short program, skated to "Trashin' the Camp," earned the Synchroettes 38.98 points. They went on to win the bronze medal with 126.07 points.

They were able to post the second-best free skate score, skating to a Michael Jackson medley, and narrowly missed catching Team Spirit for the silver medal.

The 2013 synchronized international season will continue this week with the 2013 French Cup in Rouen, France. Team USA will be represented by four teams, including the ICE'Kateers, Team Braemar, Skyliners (junior) and world bronze medalists Haydenettes.

Athlete blogs from the 2013 Leon Lurje Trophy can be found on the official DREAM Blog.