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by TROY SCHWINDT


Before the Haydenettes could take the ice to receive their gold medals at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Champion- ships in Colorado Springs, Colo., their coach, Saga Krantz, had filed away a short list of things the team would be working on and changing when it returned to Lex- ington, Mass., in preparation for this month’s World Synchronized Skating Championships in Italy. Tat’s not to say she wasn’t happy about their performances — she was exceedingly pleased. “I think we skated this pro-


Haydenettes roll to No. 22; Crystallettes claim silver, return to Worlds For the 4,000-plus fans at the


‘Nice and calm’


gram as well as we could have as of today,” Krantz said after the free skate. “Once again, we had a lot of changes after our interna- tional (French Cup), so as a coach I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to keep it nice and calm.


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Te team, though, took the ice, did one element at a time, and I’m extremely happy with how calm it looked to me. I thought it was ex- actly what I wanted this program to look like.” Still, Krantz knows the team can and must get even better be- fore Worlds, set for April 4-5 in Courmayeur, Italy. “I’m always tweaking and changing something, and they always take it in and they trust me,” Krantz said. “It’s been a very emotional week for me to be here, and I love how this team is like a family to me.” Te team’s latest accomplish- ment was achieved in the same building that the Haydenettes won their first U.S. title under Krantz in 2007 and their first-ever World medal in 2010.


Colorado Springs World Arena, it would be hard finding much to fix or change about the Hayden- ettes’ two programs. Te perenni- al powerhouse, which secured its 22nd U.S. title and fifth consec- utive crown, dominated the nine- team field with performances that should be formidable on the world stage.


Te Crystallettes, of Dear-


born, Mich., also shone brightly en route to the silver medal and a World Team berth. Te Starlights, who train in Buffalo Grove and Vernon Hills, Ill., finished with their first-ever bronze medal in the senior ranks. Te Haydenettes kicked


things off with their short program called “Bellydance Evolution,” which generated a season-best


71.32 points, more than 10 points better than the second-place team. Tey received Level 4s on four of their elements and added more points for their grades of execu-


GOLD


Haydenettes, 205.02


SILVER


Crystallettes, 179.77


BRONZE


Starlights, 154.90 PEWTER


Miami University, 149.64


JAY ADEFF/U.S. FIGURE SKATING


senior


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