HELSINKI – Team Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., is in third place after Friday’s short program at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.

Paradise from Russia is first at 87.12, Marigold Ice Unity from Finland second at 85.90 and Nexxice third at 84.63. Nova from St-Hubert, Que., is in sixth spot out of 24 entries with 82.00.

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

“I felt really good about our performance and we put a lot of effort into it,” said Banholzer. “We took what we work on in practice and put it out on the ice. We all stayed calm together and we were confident in what we were doing.”

The stands were full for the competition which added to the excitement.

“It was such a rush to know all those people were there to watch you,” said McNaughton. “It motivates you to show your best and show what you work for and what you practice for.”

Nova performing their short program

The Nova skaters are: Domini Barthe, Sarah Bousquet-Saint-Laurent, Maya Cardillo, Josyane Cholette, Laurence Darveau, Laura Derôme, Gabrielle Gauthier Roy, Audrey Hébert, Maude Héon-Grandchamps, Noémie Julien, Valérie Magnan-Lévesque, Audrey Martel, Elizabeth Morin, Alycia O’Leary, Gabrielle Paul, Simon Proulx Sénécal, Tessa Sarret and Émilie Villeneuve.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skate.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/wcsys2019/

Photo credit: Jim Coveart