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Miami makes it 10 straight with its ‘Moments’ performance

by TROY SCHWINDT Te magnitude of Miami

University’s 10th consecutive U.S. Collegiate title certainly wasn’t lost on the RedHawks’ Shannon Car- mody. Te senior philosophy ma- jor only needed to look up into the red-soaked stands to see how much the team’s historic milestone meant to so many people. “We are really proud of not

only what we’ve accomplished this season, but what all of the teams that have come before us have done,” Carmody said. “We really wanted this to be a celebration for us and everyone else before.” Te RedHawks, dressed in purple with pink trim, dominated the event, winning by more than 18 points with their “Moments” free skate. Team Excel captured the silver medal, while Michigan State earned the bronze. “I thought we had such great

energy throughout the entire pro- gram, and it’s such a different expe- rience with your team and family and alumni in the stands support- ing you,” Carmody said. “It’s great to be able to show off what you’ve trained all season.” RedHawks coach Carla De-

Girolamo was the architect of the program, which featured three songs: “One Moment in Time,”

“Hall of Fame” and “Feel Tis Mo- ment.”

“I wanted to do something with the collegiate team that had a little bit more meaning, but was still fun to skate and entertaining,” DeGirolamo, who competed for the RedHawks from 1999 to 2002, said. “It was about the moments that we have as skaters — juvenile through adult and every level in be- tween — you have those goals, you have those dreams and to have that opportunity to fulfill that for all of us is really exciting.” Te team, which skated first in the 12-team field, received full credit for its

intersections and moves in the field. “I thought it was a really great

performance,” DeGirolamo said. “Everything had good flow, they were really in the moment, they had good speed throughout, and their elements I thought were the cleanest they’d been all season.” Team Excel from Boston fol-

lowed Miami on the ice and deliv- ered its own captivating program to the song “Girl on Fire.” “Our coach Merita Mullen

created this theme surrounding that one piece of music, so we end- ed up making it Te Hunger Games, because the main character of that

movie is called Girl on Fire,” Lee Anne Filosa, a pharmacy school graduate student, said. “So we try to embody strong women and em- powered women throughout the program. We are all college stu- dents and are really trying to find our way during this time in our lives.”

Team Excel generated a sea-

son-best score, riding a strong start with its line, circle and intersection which all received high marks. Michigan State, under the

first-year coaching team of Laura Sienkowski and Lesley Jacobowitz, put out a lively and intricate pro- gram that featured the theme from Te Great Gatsby soundtrack. “It was a fabulous


mance for us, just like practice, and we couldn’t ask for more,” Jacobowitz said. “We have a fair amount of freestylers who had nev- er done synchro before, so we are super proud of them for keeping it


Miami University, 96.80


Team Excel, 78.77


Michigan State University, 78.60


University of Michi- gan, 78.13


together — all week, really.” One of the team’s defining

moments, Jacobowitz said, was when one of the skaters nearly fell going into a spiral but her team- mates worked together to help her and kept the performance intact. Te University of Michigan

earned the pewter medal.

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