WATERLOO, Ont. – Nexxice, from Burlington, Ont., stands first in senior and intermediate competition after Friday’s short programs at the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

In senior competition, Nexxice earned 84.49 points with Nova from St-Hubert, Que., second at 82.71 and Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., third at 81.38. Nexxice is coming off international victories in Italy and Scotland.

‘’We are really proud with how we just skated and have really worked together as a team over the past couple of weeks while we were in Europe,’’ said Nexxice skater Kelly Britten. ‘’We made everything work well technically today.’’

Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., are first after the short program in junior competition with 73.90. Nexxice is second at 68.05 and Nova from St-Hubert, Que., is third at 57.24.

‘’We really skated as one,’’ said Alessia Hard-Lewis. ’’We performed what we’ve been working on over the past few weeks.  We were connected as a team and also connected to the crowd.’’

In intermediate competition, Nexxice stands first at 39.27, Les Rythmiks Lanaudière from Mascouche, Que., are second at 38.86 and Meraki from Toronto third at 37.85.

The competition has attracted 40 teams and over 800 skaters from across the country competing for titles in senior, junior, novice, intermediate and open categories.

The top two senior teams will go on to represent Canada at the 2019 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, in Helsinki April 12-14, 2019.

Competition continues through to Sunday at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Full results: https://skatecanada.ca/2019-skate-canada-synchronized-skating-championships/