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Lexettes break bronze cycle, claim top prize


by TROY SCHWINDT Te Lexettes survived a frantic


comeback by Saint Louis Synergy to capture the junior title by .53 points. Te victory snaps a six-year streak of bronze-medal finishes by the team from the Hayden Recre- ation Center in Lexington, Mass. “Te skate was really, really


nice,” Lexettes coach Saga Krantz said. “We just had random small falls, but overall I’m happy with it. “Tis team has been working for these kind of results for six years now and this is the first time that it has gone into nationals with the chance of possibly winning. Tat comes with a different feel when taking the ice and I’m sure that this was a once-in-a-lifetime (for them).” Despite two falls, the team


earned positive grades of execution on eight of its nine elements. Te Lexettes bolted to a sev-


en-point advantage with their Spanish-themed short program, which was their best effort of the season.


Te team’s free skate featured


a “little party” theme. “It kind of has a feel of going


out with your friends and looking for love,” Krantz said. Coming back from their in- ternational assignment, the French


Cup, the Lexettes tweaked several of their elements heading into the U.S. Synchronized Skating Cham- pionships. “I’m very proud of their hard


work,” Krantz said. “Te no hold where the accident happened and both of our intersections were tweaked. I think as a team we’ve been able to take a lot in in a very short time.” Saint Louis Synergy, seventh last season in their junior debut, turned in two sensational programs to nab the silver medal. Te team from the Metro


Edge FSC of Missouri won the free skate with its program that fea- tured music from a trio of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biggest musicals, including Evita. “We learned a lot about the


new elements last year and just built on that this year,” coach Ra- mona Peterson said. “We did a lot of training over the summer, and I think these girls wanted it, so they worked really hard. “We’ve spent a lot of time


working on how to get the emo- tions of the programs out, and it’s something that they’ve been work- ing on since they were in interme- diate and now up to the junior lev- el; they are just getting better and


better at it.” Te program earned the Pro-


fessional Skaters Association’s EDI Award, which was presented to Pe- terson in Colorado Springs, Colo. No team was more excited


to finish on the podium than the Hockettes from Ann Arbor, Mich. Skating last in the 14-team field, Erin Donovan’s team entertained the crowd with its program to mu- sic from Alfred Hitchcock suspense thrillers. “It’s my favorite program that


I’ve ever choreographed,” Donovan said. “What we tried to create was the villain with the beautiful Grace Kelly character and the interplay between them and the scene that it created. We have always felt passionate about this program but hadn’t skated it to our ability yet this year, so I didn’t know what our potential was, but I knew we felt passionate about it.”


It is the first time since 2007 that the junior Hockettes have fin- ished on the podium. Chicago Jazz, who with the


Lexettes represented the United States at the World Junior Chal- lenge Cup in Switzerland last month, garnered the pewter medal.


GOLD


Lexettes, 154.66


SILVER


Saint Louis Synergy, 154.13


BRONZE


Hockettes, 136.36 PEWTER


Chicago Jazz, 133.81


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junior


LEXETTE S


JAY ADEFF/U.S. FIGURE SKATING


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