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Haydenettes win silver medal at Mozart Cup

Junior Haydenettes team wins bronze

The Haydenettes won silver at the Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria.
The Haydenettes won silver at the Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria. (Paul Harvath)

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By Lauren Magliola, special to icenetwork.com
(01/24/2011) - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams representing the Hayden Recreation Centre came home from the first ever ISU Mozart Cup with medals.

Reigning U.S. champions, the Haydenettes, finished the competition with the silver medal, while their junior counterparts moved up from fourth place in the short program to third place after the free skate, and clinched the bronze. The Starlights, representing Skokie Valley SC, placed fifth in the senior event, while Miami University Junior placed sixth as juniors.

In the junior event, Canada's Nexxice took top honors with a score of 168.31, while the Musketeers from Finland finished in second place with a final score of 164.86.

The Lexettes took fourth place in with their short program to "Americano" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and pulled up to third overall with their East Asian-themed free skate to music from The Karate Kid, earning a total score 141.12. The Lexettes earned their second international medal to complement a bronze medal from the 2010 Cup of Berlin.

Miami University Junior, from Oxford, Ohio, also moved up in the free skate, earning seventh in the short program and fifth in the free skate for sixth place overall with a final score of 122.78.

Marigold Ice Unity, the reigning world silver medalists, came out on top with a total score of 186.77, while Team Boomerang from Sweden earned the bronze medal.

The Haydenettes finished the competition with a final score of 184.32, just short of the top of the podium. The Haydenettes were within half a point of first place after their energetic short program to music from Safari Duo, and kept the competition tight with their newly updated free skate to music from the movie Burlesque. The team from Lexington, Mass., earned the top technical score in both portions of the competition, but the program components scores for Marigold Ice Unity, especially the transition and performance/execution mark, helped keep the team on top.

The Starlights, the 2010 U.S. junior pewter medalists, earned fifth place in the short program and free skate, earning the team fifth place overall with a final score of 118.66. This is the second season the Starlights have represented the U.S. internationally.

Athlete blogs from the Mozart Cup and all synchronized skating international competitions can be found at the Official DREAM Program blog.

The U.S. synchronized skating team takes a break next week, and will return to international competition Feb. 3-5, when Team Braemar (Jr.) and the Crystallettes (Sr.) will travel to Rouen, France, to represent Team USA at the French Cup.