Synchronized Skating Team takes second place at national championship
4:36 p.m., March 6, 2012--The Synchronized Skating Team at the University of Delaware placed second in the Collegiate Division at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, held Feb. 29-March 3 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
The team received a technical element score of 36.45, which was the highest in the collegiate division, and a total component score of 47.84. The team's final score of 84.29 was its highest score of the year.
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First place went to Miami University with a score of 87.80, and the third place team was the University of Michigan with a score of 80.83. Fourth place went to Western Michigan University, with a score of 79.99.
The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships is a nationwide competition of the top synchronized skating teams from the Eastern, Midwest and Pacific Coast sections. Competitors this year included the University of Illinois, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts and Michigan State University.
The Synchronized Skating Team began in 1979 as the Precisionaires, UD's first university-affiliated synchronized skating team. Originally competing in the Junior Division and then the Senior Division, the team became very successful after moving into the then newly formed Collegiate Division. The team has earned a pewter national medal in 2001, four bronze medals in 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2007 and silver medals in 2000 and 2008.