SESTO SAN GIOVANNI, Italy – Nexxice, from Burlington, Ont., is in first place after the short program at the Spring Cup synchronized skating competition.

The Canadians, vying for a second consecutive international win, totalled 76.80 points in their short program. The Crystallettes from the U.S. are second at 68.79 and Lumineers from Finland third at 65.89. There are 11 entries.

The skaters for Nexxice are: Nadine Banholzer, Payton Beckett, Kelly Britten, Danielle Broughton, Naya Bay, Molly Coxon, Emma Daigle, Caroline Marr, Laura Emery, Aranna Gould-Tasoojy, Taylor Johnson, Emma Kim, Megan MacLellan, Elizabeth McKenna, Courtney McNaughton, Tegan Orr, Carolina Rodriguez, Alessandra Toso, Emily Wright and Brooklyn Williamson.

The free skate is on Sunday.

Full results: http://www.fisg.it/upload/result/4743/CAT003RS.HTM

Photo: Jim Coveart