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INSYNCH


TEAMS CROWNED IN CHALLENGE SERIES


by LESLIE GRAHAM Six teams from the East and six from the


Midwest are champions of the Synchronized Skat- ing Challenge Series. T e Challenge Series, open to synchronized


teams at the Basic Skills and developmental lev- els, touted nearly 100 teams for the 2013 cam- paign. Teams competing in beginner 1, beginner 2, beginner 3, preliminary, pre-juvenile, juvenile, open juvenile, open collegiate and open adult are eligible to participate. Ten competitions in the Midwest and 15 in the East took place between Nov. 12, 2012, and March 13, 2013. While the rules state teams must compete in at least three competitions, many teams took part in at least fi ve events. Teams earn points based on their top three placements at the designated competitions. Points earned are weighted based on the number of teams entered in any particular event. Teams are ranked by the number of points they received over the three competitions. Points are tracked by U.S. Figure Skating and displayed on its website so all participants can view the series point standings throughout the season. At the end of the season, the Synchronized


Skating Challenge Series champions are deter- mined. All competitors receive a participation pin, while the top teams from each level in each section receive medals.


While most skaters in the series will not com-


pete against teams from outside of their region, this program gives them the chance to compare points with teams from across the country. T is program allows teams to expand their competitive opportunities and compete in a fun, nationwide competitive program.


Eastern Synchronized Skating Challenge Series Champions


Beginner 1 – Team Ashburn White (Washington Figure Skating Club)


Beginner 2 Crystallettes


Beginner 2 – Elite Diamondettes (Skating Club of Southern New England)


Preliminary – Skyliners (Skating Club of New York)


Pre-juvenile – Skyliners (Skating Club of New York)


Juvenile – Skyliners (Skating Club of New York)


Open juvenile – Superettes (Warwick Figure Skaters)


Midwestern Synchronized Skating Challenge Series Champions


Beginner 1 – Evolution (Detroit Skating Club)


Beginner 2 – Crystallettes (Dearborn Figure Skating Club)


Preliminary – Phoenix (Onyx Suburban Skating Academy)


Pre-juvenile – Crystallettes (Dearborn Figure Skating Club)


Juvenile – Chicago Jazz (Chicago Figure Skating Club)


Open juvenile – Dazzlers (DuPage Figure Skating Club) T e 2013‒2014 Synchronized Skating Chal-


lenge Series information will be available in the fall. All nonqualifying synchronized skating com- petitions are welcome to have their competition be a part of the series. Learn more about the Syn- chronized Skating Challenge Series at http://usfsa. org/Programs.asp?id=527.


Skyliners juvenile team


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