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University of Michigan shocks Miami to win gold

Miami University's title streak ends at 12; DC Edge claim adult crown
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The University of Michigan SST pulled off the shocker of the day, upending perennial power Miami University Collegiate with a stunning free skate. Their 88.22 points not only placed them atop the podium, but also prevented Miami University -- who had won twelve straight collegiate titles and 18 of the past 21 -- from continuing their reign. -Jay Adeff

The University of Michigan took gold in the collegiate competition at the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships on Saturday night, marking the first time in 13 years that a school other than Miami University has won the title.

This year's silver medal for Miami University, along with the Redhawks' runner-up finish in 2004 -- the year Western Michigan stood atop the podium -- marked just the third time in 21 years the school has not finished ahead of the field.

"It was exhilarating," skater Allegra Hawkins said. "To have all of our Michigan fans cheering, it pumped us up."

With a Level 4 pairs element and solid Grades of Execution (GOEs) on their remaining elements, Michigan finished with 88.22 points.

"That was awesome," coach Erin Donovan said. "They were on fire, came out meaning business and accomplished their goals."

"This team is incredible," skater Emily Dahuron said. "It has more cohesion than any other team I have worked on."

Miami earned 86.40 points for its "Trouble"-themed program, and although it delivered a strong performance, the team wasn't able to match the winners in one crucial area: program components score (PCS). The Redhawks' PCS was 1.85 points lower than that of the Wolverines.

"We wanted to go out there and attack it," skater Gretchen Jaraczewski said.

"I thought the program was excellent," coach Carla DeGirolamo said. "It had great energy."

Michigan State University finished third with a score of 75.66, while the Metroettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC) finished fourth with 75.31 points.

Washington FSC picks up additional hardware

DC Edge (Washington FSC) won the adult competition for the second straight year by earning 57.27 points for their "Opening Night on Broadway" program.

With a Level 4 rotating circle and a Level 4 line linear element, they skated the afternoon away, with the music of Cole Porter, Mel Brooks, Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell playing in the background.

"I think it was a good performance," coach Jennifer DeSimone said. "It wasn't our best skate, but I think they really got into character and expressed the music."

"It felt great to be out there, and we had a lot of fun," skater Elyse Lerman said. "I think overall we skated well, and we were really just enjoying our last skate together."

The Crystallettes took silver by scoring 53.08 points, missing the podium's top step by just 1.69 points. Technically, their program was highlighted by a Level 4 rotating circle and a Level 4 line linear element, but their Tina Turner-themed program wasn't strong enough to overtake the Edge.

"It was amazing to go out there," skater Leah Winn said. "It was a really good skate and an awesome feeling to be on the ice."

"I think this is the best we have ever skated," Stacy Sue Holland, who coaches the team, said after the performance. "They got their highest score they have ever had this entire season."

Team Excel (SC of Boston) received the bronze medal by accruing 51.19 points, while Espirit de Corps (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC) took the pewter with 50.92 points.