Lexettes, Skyliners to Represent Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships

(1/13/10) - After two days of competition, the Lexettes and the Skyliners were chosen as the two U.S. representatives to the 2013 World Junior Synchronized Championships in Helsinki, Finland, March 8-9. The Lexettes won the 2013 World Junior Team Selection Competition in Fraser, Mich., while the Skyliners placed second.

In second after the short program, the Lexettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC), earned 96.56 points for their free skate, nearly five points more than any other team. They earned a total of 146.05 points for the competition. The Skyliners (SC of New York) earned 53.54 points for their short program to take the lead on Friday, and held on to second place despite the third-best free skate. The reigning event champions earned a total of 143.39 points for the competition.

The top two finishers at the competition have earned a trip to the 2013 World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. The World Junior Synchronized Championships was previously called the Junior World Challenge Cup (JWCC).

Detailed results are available on icenetwork.com.

The annual U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships are held a week prior to the World Junior Synchronized Championships, which does not allow U.S. Figure Skating to use the event as a qualifier. The 2013 U.S. Synchronized Championships will be held Feb. 27-March 2, 2013, in Plymouth, Mich. As a result, the World Junior Team Selection Competition is held in January to determine the U.S. representatives at the World Junior Synchronized Championships.

The Skyliners (New York) placed first at the 2012 World Junior Team Selection Competition, while Team Braemar (Edina, Minn.) placed second. Team Braemar finished fourth and the Skyliners fifth at the 2012 Junior World Challenge Cup.

The Junior World Challenge Cup was first held in 2001, with the World Junior Team Selection Competition starting in 2004.
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