Haydenettes depart Rockford with 25th U.S. titleMassachusetts power earns eighth straight crown; Crystallettes take silver
The Haydenettes won their 25th U.S. crown Saturday night at the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Rockford, Illinois, doing so with a remarkable free skate that earned the praise of those in attendance.
Skating to a medley of music by Prince and The Revolution, the Haydenettes (Hayden Recreation Center FSC) earned 138.64 points for their routine and 208.83 overall.
"I'm extremely happy with our performance today knowing that an inch off here or there with each element would have been a total disaster," coach Saga Krantz said. "The hunger for worlds is different in that we're really working hard to win. I don't know if it's possible, but we sure will give it everything we can."
While the Haydenettes have medaled at every U.S. championships since 1986, this title had special meaning, as it was the team's eighth straight.
"If tonight's skate is a preview for worlds, I cannot wait for the atmosphere of the audience and everything that will come with that experience," said skater Devin Wang, who was part of a team that earned five Level 4's.
The Crystallettes (Dearborn FSC) skated a strong program en route to earning the silver medal. Sitting only three points out of the lead after the short program, the Michigan-based club finished with 189.50 points overall.
"We were happy with the skate," coach Shannon Peterson said. "There were some little errors here and there, but all in all it was a great performance for them. It's each of our skater's dream to make the worlds team and, to us, the most important thing is helping them achieve their dreams."
The medal for the Crystallettes -- who earned four Level 4 elements for their free program -- was their first at this event since they won silver in 2014.
The Skyliners (SC of New York) won bronze with a 114.15-point free skate, which elevated their total score to 172.96 points.
Miami University took fourth place by scoring 113.19 points for their free skate and 172.84 overall.