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American teams dominate at Neuchatel Trophy

Cyrstalletes, Haydenettes take top two spots in senior; Chicago Jazz, Lexettes duplicate feat in junior

The Crystallettes won just their second-ever international gold medal in Switzerland.
The Crystallettes won just their second-ever international gold medal in Switzerland. (Paul Harvath)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(02/12/2012) - Americans teams claimed the top two spots in both the senior and junior divisions at the 2012 Neuchâtel Trophy, with the Crystallettes coming away with the senior title and Chicago Jazz winning the junior competition.

Representing the Dearborn FSC, the Crystallettes won their second-ever international gold medal as they defeated the reigning U.S. champion Haydenettes. The Crystallettes took a nine-point lead into the free skate after a Footloose short program that earned 58.86 points. For the event, the team earned 156.94 points.

The Haydenettes, out of the Hayden Recreation Centre FSC, suffered two falls in their short program but rebounded to win the free skate segment. As the only team to break 100 points for the free, they received 102.08 points.

More than 23 points separated the silver medalists from Germany's United Angels, who took bronze.

Chicago Jazz earned its first international medal since winning bronze at the 2009 French Cup. Trailing fellow Team USA members the Lexettes by nearly two points going into the free skate, Chicago Jazz won the segment by nearly seven points.

Its Spartacus program netted 85.22 points and featured eight elements that received positive grades of execution (GOE). The Jazz totaled 125.46 points for the weekend.

The Lexettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC), who are the reigning U.S. junior bronze medalists, were the only other team in the nine-competitor field to break the 120-point barrier, netting 120.44 points overall. Their free skate, set to music from Rio¸ earned the highest program components mark of the competition. The team saw more than 51 of their 78.52 segment points come on the PCS.

The bronze medal went to Finland's Bay Valley Synchro.