For the second straight year, and fourth time in five years, Team Braemar's Junior Synchronized Skating Team skated to the top of the podium at the U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships in Michigan.
Team Braemar Junior consists of 20 female skaters from various high schools throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area, including three with Woodbury ties: Savannah Bliese and Tasha Vo from Woodbury High School, and Jordan Weiss from East Ridge High School.
Skating to This World Will Remember Us from Bonnie & Clyde, the team posted the top Short Program score of the competition Thursday night with a season-high 58.57. The team also had the highest total element score of the night, as well as the highest score for a single element.
The competition continued Friday night with the Free Skate. Team Braemar again wowed the crowd and the judges with their program skated to Cleopatra — not only earning the highest Free Skate score of 114.69, but also earning the highest component score, elements score, and single element score of the competition.
Team Braemar’s combined Short Program and Free Skate score of 173.26 earned them the gold medal. Also on the podium were the Skyliners from New York, scoring a 170.05 and the silver medal, the Lexettes of Massachusetts a distant 152.12 and the bronze medal, and Chicago Jazz with a 141.94 and the pewter medal.
Team Braemar isn't a stranger to national titles, having also won the championship in 2012, 2010, and 2009.
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In 2011, the team took the silver medal. They have also represented the U.S. Figure Skating Association for seven consecutive years now, taking part in international competitions as Team USA.
Earlier this year the team competed at the French Cup in Rouen, France, placing sixth against the top teams from around the world. With this year’s top finish at the National Championships, Team Braemar will again be named Team USA for the 2013-2014 season. Team Braemar was the only synchronized skating team from Minnesota to qualify for the National Championships in 2013.
Weiss was also selected for the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team Honorable Mention Roll. U.S. Figure Skating and the Program Development Committee select the Scholastic Honors Team to recognize high school-age U.S. Figure Skating members who excel in figure skating, academics, and community activities. Ten skaters are selected to the Team each year and up to 10 additional skaters are named to the Honorable Mention Roll.
The public will have an opportunity to see the team perform their award-winning programs at the 47th annual Braemar Ice Show to be held April 19th and 20th at Braemar Ice Arena in Edina.
Indeed, the world will remember them.