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NEXXICE, Haydenettes top SynchroFest field

Americans grab silver as synchronized season opens

The Haydenettes won the short program and took home the silver in London, Ontario.
The Haydenettes won the short program and took home the silver in London, Ontario. (Colette Nygren)

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By Renee Felton, special to icenetwork.com
(01/04/2012) - The international synchronized skating season began last week with the first-ever SynchroFest International from London, Ontario. Eight teams representing five countries competed for $50,000 in prize money.

Representing the host country, NEXXICE fought back from a fourth-place showing after the short program to nab the gold medal. The Haydenettes, the 19-time U.S. champions, earned silver while bronze went to Finland's Rockettes.

NEXXICE recorded 127.86 of its 185.15 total points on its free skate. All 11 elements received positive grades of execution (GOE), including its final moves in the field sequence that earned a +2 GOE (7.20 total points).

The Haydenettes, representing the Hayden Recreation Centre FSC in Lexington, Mass., won the short program and were one of two teams to break the 60-point barrier in the segment (61.02). They maintained their medal standing by placing second in the free skate.

Their program, set to the music of Lady Gaga, netted 114.42 points, and they earned 175.44 points for the competition. The team has now medaled at five straight international events dating back to the 2010 Cup of Berlin.

The bronze medalist Rockettes were narrowly edged by the Americans, as they totaled 174.05 in their season debut.

Team USA's second representative, the Crystallettes, placed sixth overall.