Miami University wins Michelle Kwan Trophy
|Miami University made history last season by winning the U.S.'s first-ever medal at the World Synchronized Skating Championships. (Paul Harvath)|
Adding icing on the cake, SKATING magazine readers voted the RedHawks from Oxford, Ohio, the winner of the Readers' Choice Award for Skater(s) of the Year - the Michelle Kwan Trophy.
Almost 5,800 votes were cast on the U.S. Figure Skating web site, with Miami receiving 1,148. U.S. men's champion Evan Lysacek placed second, and World Junior champion Caroline Zhang was third.
Miami's march to a World medal included a sterling performance at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., in February. The RedHawks, the 2006 U.S. champions, rallied to finish a close second - 201.04-199.56 - to the Haydenettes thanks to their electric "Black Magic Woman" free skate that bested the competition.
At the World Championships in London, Ontario, Miami placed third in the short program and second in the free skate en route to its second-place overall finish.
Making up the RedHawks roster are Kathleen Bowling, Jamie Dean, Ashley Diederich, Rachel Fox, Laura Friedman, Rachel Funk, Jamie Hartman, Carrie Heath, Carli Jenkins, Brittany Keilani, Jenna King, Jacqueline Lovato, Mikaela Mueller, Jaclyn Pienkowski, Rebecca Search, Colette Sisofo, Jeri Stroupe, Lindsey Tinetti, Amanda Werner and Courtney Wisenor. They are coached by Vicki Korn and Carla DeGirolamo.
Miami will receive the Readers' Choice Award during the 2007-08 season.
In 2003, Kwan won her seventh Readers' Choice Award. In the history of the award, Kwan is the only skater to win it more than once. To recognize her accomplishments, SKATING magazine and U.S. Figure Skating named the trophy in her honor. Kwan is no longer eligible to win the award.
The Readers' Choice Award is given annually by SKATING magazine, the official publication of U.S. Figure Skating. Voting was open to the public on www.usfigureskating.org.
The trophy, which represents both the sport of figure skating and SKATING magazine, is a one-of-a-kind crystal sculpture designed by Crystal Signatures of Pennsylvania.