Three U.S. synchronized teams competed this weekend at 2014 Spring Cup in Milan, Italy. Team Braemar, the reigning U.S. junior champions, enjoyed Team USA’s best finish earning the silver medal in the junior event.
The Edina, Minn., based team totaled 143.70 for the weekend. Their “Cruella de Vil” short program accounted for 48.30 points and included all five elements with positive GOEs. Their whip intersection earned a program-high 5.30 points. Their highest program components were performance/execution and interpretation. In the free skate portion of the competition, Team Braemar had the highest technical score of the junior event, 41.59. Also representing Team USA in the junior event were the Hockettes, from Ann Arbor, Mich., who finished fifth.
Finland’s Valley Bay Synchro won the junior event, finishing first in both segments, and Team Spirit of Sweden finished in third.
The Starlights were the only U.S. team competing in the senior event. The 2014 Midwestern Sectional champions earned 133.70 points, and despite a fourth-place finish in the free skate, held onto a strong lead from the short program to win the bronze medal. Their “Carnaval de Paris” short program earned them 50.40 points. The team earned 6.50 points for their moves in the field element and 6.25 points for their angled intersection. Their free skate performance earned them program components ranging from 6.13 to 6.63.
The senior podium also featured Sweden’s Team Surprise (195.62 points) and Hot Shivers of Italy (162.18 points).
All three teams are also set to compete at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Feb. 26-March 1, in Colorado Springs, Colo.