DUMFRIES, Scotland – Canada’s Nexxice is on track to successfully defend its title, standing in first place after Friday’s short program at the Trophy d’Ecosse synchronized skating competition.

The Burlington, Ont., team, fifth last week at the French Cup in France, tabulated 69.63 points. Adrian College from the U.S. is second at 58.34 and Team Viola from Wales is in third at 33.70.

The Nexxice team members are Nadine Banholzer, Payton Beckett, Marlyne Bernier, Kelly Britten, Abigail Chase, Laura Emery, Ariana Gould-Tasoojy, Celina Hevesi, Taylor Johnston, Emma Kim, Kaitlin Lees, Megan MacLellan, Caroline Marr, Emiko Marr, Courtney McNaughton, Morgan Stang, Alessandra Toso, Brooklyn Williamson, Emily Wright and Aurora Ylppo.

The world championship bronze medallists are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Competition ends Saturday with the free program.

Full results: Trophy D’ECOSSE 2018.