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Haydenettes, Crystallettes head off to worlds

U.S. gold, silver medalists hit the ice April 13-14 in Gothenburg, Sweden

The Haydenettes are gunning to make their third straight world podium.
The Haydenettes are gunning to make their third straight world podium. (Ed Collier Photography)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(04/11/2012) - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete April 13-14 at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Haydenettes, reigning U.S. champions, and the Crystallettes, the 2012 U.S. silver medalists, will represent the United States.

Competition begins Friday, April 13, at the Scandinavium Arena with the short program and ends Saturday with the free skate. The field consists of 21 teams representing 16 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The Haydenettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC/Lexington, Mass.) earned their 13th consecutive berth to the World Synchronized Championships by winning their 20th U.S. title at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Worcester, Mass., in March. Last year, the Haydenettes earned their second consecutive world bronze medal. The team placed second at each of its international assignments this season, London SynchroFest International and the Neuchâtel Trophy.

The Crystallettes (Dearborn FSC/Dearborn, Mich.) return to the World Synchronized Championships, having last competed at the event in 2010. They earned a spot on the world team after finishing second at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Championships. The Crystallettes defeated the Haydenettes earlier this season, having won gold at the Neuchâtel Trophy.

Icenetwork.com will provide recaps and photos from the event.