PEORIA, Ill. (WKRC) - Season-best performances, a national title and berth to the ISU World Championships highlighted the final day of competition for the Miami University synchronized skating teams at the U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships on Saturday. The RedHawk collegiate team captured the program's 21st collegiate national title and the Vicki Korn Trophy, while the senior team earned a silver medal and punched its ticket to the world championships with a top-two finish.
Skating eighth among the 11-team field, Miami's collegiate team amassed a season-high score of 104.61. The RedHawks notched an executed element score of 56.44 and a program component score of 48.17. It was the only collegiate team to crack 100 points at the event.
The national crown was the second straight for the RedHawks.
Miami finished 12.00 points ahead of its nearest competitors, Michigan, who posted a score of 92.61. Western Michigan finished third (91.43).
Saturday completed an impressive season for Miami's collegiate team that included four first-place finishes in its five competitions.
The RedHawks' senior team scored a season-high of 150.07 for its free skate. Miami posted an executed element score of 79.09 and a program component score of 70.98. Miami finished with a season-best combined score of 223.63 to place second overall behind the Haydenettes.
Those two programs will represent the United States at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships from March 31- April 1 in Lake Placid, N.Y. This will be Miami's 14th trip to the world championships and is its second straight berth.