GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., is in the medal hunt at the Leon Lurje Trophy synchronized skating competition after a third place finish in Friday’s short program.

Paradise from Russia is first with 81.53 points, Unique from Finland is second at 80.03 and Nexxice, fourth at the world championships last year, is third at 74.51. Nova, from St-Hubert, Que., is sixth at 68.31 out of 12 entries.

The skaters for Nexxice are: Nadine Banholzer, Nyah Bay, Kelly Britten, Megan Brown, Molly Coxon, Emma Daigle, Jasmine Gagnon, Elisa Giuliani, Abbey Glumpak, Carleigh Gorrigsen, Lauren Hatfield, Jana Jambresic, Taylor Johnston, Elizabeth McKenna, Tegan Orr, Robbie-Lynn Puspoky, Nicole Schulz, Riley Strassguertl, Sophia Tong and Alessandra Toso.

“We’ve been working together on this program since the beginning of the season,” said Britten. “We amped up the practice this week and we felt like a really strong team. It was a good performance with a lot of energy and we are really proud with what we put out on the ice.”

The skaters for Nova are: Noémie Beaucage, Anouk Bégin, Sarah Bousquet-St-Laurent, Maya Cardillo, Laurence Darveau, Laura Derome, Selena Fortin, Audrey Hébert, Maude Héon Grandchamp, Evelynn Janacek, Noémie Julien, Audrey Martel, Elizabeth Morin, Safia Moussaoui, Léonie Nadeau, Alycia O’Leary, Tessa Sarret, Satia Lin Tétreault and Émilie Villeneuve.

“We felt super happy with our skate,” said Darveau. “We wanted to come out and get some clean elements done. This is a really strong competition and it has really pumped us up for our free skate where we hope we can get some even better scores.”

Russian teams are 1-2 in junior competition after the short program, with Crystal Ice first at 74.58 and Sunrise second at 72.57. Fintastic from Finland is third at 66.19.

The Nova junior team stands sixth at 58.80 and Ice Ignite from Ilderton, Ont., in its international debut, is 12th at 43.59.

The skaters for Nova junior are: Amy Morency, Justine Fournier, Méghane Beaudry, Janie Bréard, Lauren Janusauska, Alexia Gaudet, Marilou Albert, Morgan Bennett, Éloise Goupil, Élodie Roy, Sophie Caron, Simone Florence, Chloé Au, Léa-Jeanne Tremblay, Norah Braun, Myriam Quévillon, Noémie Tremblay, Stephania Gaul and Vanessa Hopkins.

“We had our best score of the season,” said Bréard. “It really showed on the ice especially with our emotions. We are really looking forward to our free skate tomorrow which has a Romeo and Juliet theme and is very powerful.”

The Ice Ignite skaters are : Alyssa Dumayne, Ashley Stanton, Claire Vandewalle, Danica Stewart, Deanna Langille, Ellen Major, Emily Guan, Jessica Bycraft, Kenzie McKellar, Lauren Roblee, Lilly McLellan, Lily Hensen, Elizabeth Parker, Lucille Gowan, Rae-Anna Pusopoky, Sacha Veillon, Evelyne DeThomasis, Trynity Bisson and Alyssa Robinson.

“It was fairly good,” said McLellan. “It wasn’t without its mistakes but we were very proud with how we did and it a huge improvement over our performance at our last competition. This has just been an amazing experience representing Canada here internationally.”

The free programs are on Saturday.

Full results: http://skatesweden.wehost.se/19-20/Synchro/Leon_Lurje/html/htmlcs/index.htm