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Canadians need to play catch-up at ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Canadians teams are in sixth and seventh place after the short programs Friday at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships but stand less than three points from the podium.

Paradise from Russia is in first place with 76.05 points, Surprise from Sweden is second at 72.83 and Marigold Ice Unity from Finland third at 72.61.

Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., are in sixth place with 70.64 and Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., the defending bronze medallists, follow in seventh at 69.91 out of 25 entries.

The skaters for Les Suprêmes are Jessica Allaire, Rebecca Allaire, Julia Bernardo, Audrey-Anne Blouin, Joannie Brazeau, Kayla Grace Charky, Marie-Ève Comtois, Laurie Desilets, Molly Farber, Raphaelle Gauthier, Sora Hatano, Dana Malowany, Agathe Merlier, Christina Morin, Andreanne Paradis, Martha Maria Pietrasik, Alessia Polletta, Florence Poulin, Claudia Sforzin and Sofya Squalli.

The skaters for Nexxice are: Nadine Banholzer, Payton Beckett, Marlyne Bernier, Kelly Britten, Abigail Chase, Emma Daigle, 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 and Emily Wright.

The free skate is on Saturday.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/wcsys2018/.

Nexxice and Les Suprêmes crowned national champions

OSHAWA, Ont. – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., and Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., waged epic battles in both senior and junior competition on Saturday and each gained a title at the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

In senior competition, Nexxice totalled 202.72 points for its two programs followed closely by Les Suprêmes at 200.20. Nova from Brossard, Que., was third at 188.34.

“It felt really good,” said Kelly Britten of Nexxice. “We did a lot of things to stay focused on ourselves and it really helped us make the performance come alive.”

The top two senior teams will represent Canada at the 2018 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships taking place in Stockholm from April 6-7.

“We just wanted to do the same thing as in practice,” said Laurie Desilets of Les Suprêmes. “The plan was the same just to skate for us and have a lot of fun.”

Les Suprêmes hung on to top spot to win the junior title with 166.84 points, just ahead of Nexxice at 162.60. Gold Ice from Brampton, Ont., was third at 130.46.

“There’s no words, it felt just like we did in practice,” said Jessica Iacono of Les Suprêmes. “We were very in the moment and present and very together in what we were doing.”

The Nexxice group produced their best-ever score.

“We are really proud,” said Amanda Kauffman of Nexxice. “We had some adverse conditions today with the delay and we were able to regroup and refocus ourselves.”

In Intermediate competition, Meraki from Toronto won the gold medal with 111.32, Nexxice was second at 105.01 and Les Rythmiks from Repentigny, Que., third at 104.33.

“These girls have worked so hard this whole season and in particular these last two weeks,” said Meaghan Churchill of Meraki. “We put in every blood, sweat and tear we had in us today.”

More than 800 skaters from 40 teams are at the event being held at the Tribute Communities Centre.

Competition concludes Sunday with the novice and open free skates.

Full results: Skate Canada – 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

Canada’s Nexxice wins gold at Trophy d’Ecosse

DUMFRIES, Scotland – Canada’s Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., successfully defended its title on Saturday at the Trophy d’Ecosse synchronized skating competition.

The Canadians won both the short program on Friday and today’s free program for a total of 200.73 points. Adrian College from Michigan took the silver at 173.60 and Team Viola from Cardiff, Wales was third at 110.40.

The Nexxice team members were 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.

Full results: Trophy D’ECOSSE 2018.

Canada’s Nexxice leads after short program at Trophy d’Ecosse

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.

Nexxice synchronized skating team continues to Scotland for 2018 Trophy D’Ecosse

OTTAWA, ON:  Canada will have one team competing at the eighth annual Trophy D’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland. The international synchronized skating competition takes place from February 9-11, 2018, at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

World bronze medallists Nexxice senior will be the sole Canadian team at the event. They are the defending champions at this event. Last week, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed fifth at the 2018 French Cup. The 2017 Canadian champions are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Marion Dyke of Mississauga, Ont., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the competition please visit the event website.

Canada’s Nexxice places fifth at synchro skating French Cup

ROUEN, France – Canada’s Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., showed improvement in its free program  Saturday but it wasn’t enough to climb the overall standings for a fifth place finish at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

Paradise from Russia won the gold medal with 211.18 points followed by three teams from Finland. Team Unique took the silver at 203.44 and the Helsinki Rockettes were third at 201.50 Nexxice, world championship bronze medallists last season, was fifth after the short program Friday. They produced the fourth best free skate but remained fifth at 193.70.

The Nexxice team members were 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.

Full results: 2018 French Cup

Nexxice synchronized skating team in France for 2018 French Cup

Canadian synchronized skating teams take home medals from 2018 international events

OTTAWA, ON:  Canada will have one team competing at the 24th annual French Cup in Rouen, France. The international synchronized skating competition takes place from February 2-4, 2018, at the Centre sportif Guy Boissière.

World bronze medallists Nexxice senior will be the sole Canadian team at the event. Last year, they placed fourth at this event. The representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre also won the gold medal at the 2017 Trophy d’Ecosse last season. The 2017 Canadian champions are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Diane Kamagianis of Mission, Ont., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the competition please visit the event website.

Canadian synchronized skating teams take home medals from 2018 international events

Last week, Les Suprêmes senior and Les Suprêmes junior competed at the 2018 Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria. Les Suprêmes senior took home the gold medal, producing the top short program and free program, scoring 66.70 and 118.42 respectively, for a total of 185.12.

Les Suprêmes junior won the bronze medal with a short program score of 57.84 and free program score of 100.88, for a total score of 158.72.

Nexxice junior also claimed a bronze medal in international competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, last weekend. The team scored 57.98 in their short program and 94.82 in their free program at the 2018 Leon Lurje Trophy, for a total of 152.80 en route to the bronze.

In other international synchronized skating, Nova placed fourth at the 2018 Neuchâtel Trophy in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The team placed fourth in the short program with 63.33 and third in the free program, scoring 118.99, for a total of 182.32.

Nexxice collects third crown, Les Suprêmes triumph twice at 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

CALGARY – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., collected its third national title of the week on Sunday while Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., triumphed twice at the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

In the senior competition, Nexxice tabulated 205.60 points with Les Suprêmes second at 190.64 and NOVA from Brossard, Que., third at 168.88.

“We went out there today, we had a job to do and we’re very proud of our performance,’’ said Nexxice team captain Kiersten Tietz.

Now Nexxice prepare for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships April 7-8 in Colorado Springs.

“We just want to continue on the path we’re on and stay focused as a team,’’ said Tietz. “We want to use the vehicles that our coaches have given us and continue to improve.”

Les Suprêmes took the junior and novice titles.

In junior competition, Les Suprêmes won the gold medal with 170.60. Nexxice was second at 168.58 and les Pirouettes from Laval, Que., third at 146.38.

‘’We feel great,’’ said Alessia Arsenault of Les Suprêmes. ‘’We worked so hard. Our task was to do just the same things we do in practice, to skate clean and do like we always do. That’s what we did today.’’

The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships are set for March 10-11 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

‘’We’re super excited for the world juniors,’’ said Arsenault. ‘’It’s going to be great to have the home crowd.’’

In the novice final standings, Les Suprêmes earned 109.41, les Pirouettes 108.72 and NOVA from Brossard, Que., 106.55.

On Saturday, Nexxice won the open and intermediate competitions.

Full results: 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

Skate Canada names teams for 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

CALGARY, AB: Skate Canada has selected the teams that will represent Canada at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships.

Over the weekend, Nexxice, from the Burlington Skating Centre, and Les Suprêmes, from the CPA Saint-Léonard, earned their entries to the senior world championships, winning gold and silver respectively at 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Calgary, Alta.

The two senior teams will travel to Colorado Springs, USA, to compete at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, from April 7-8, 2017. This will be the 18th edition of the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships with Canada having won medals at 11 of those previous events.

The entries for the 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships were determined at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition. Nexxice (junior), of the Burlington Skating Centre and Les Suprêmes (junior) from CPA Saint-Léonard earned the two entries for Canada.

Nexxice and Les Suprêmes will have home country advantage as Canada hosts the 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships for the first time. The event will be hosted in Mississauga, Ont., from March 10-11, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at Hershey Centre Box Office.

The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships was a biennial event but it was recently decided at the 2016 ISU Congress that the event will become annual beginning in 2017. The inaugural event was hosted in 2013 by Helsinki, Finland. In 2015, Team Canada (Les Suprêmes) won the nation’s first medal at the championships, a bronze.

Nexxice notch gold in first two finals at 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

CALGARY – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., won the open and intermediate competitions on Saturday at the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships being held this week at the WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre

In the open event, Nexxice finished with 157.69 points. Les Supremes from St-Léonard, Que., were second at 132.61 edging les Pirouettes from Laval, Que., in third at 132.00. There were nine entries.

‘’This is just amazing we’ve worked so hard this season and we absolutely love our program,’’ said Nexxice skater Lauren Zbucki. ‘’It’s a dream come true for us.’’

In the open competition, each team performed their free program twice.

‘’We had a few little hiccups in the program yesterday,’’ added Zbucki. ‘’But we came back really strong today. We left it all on the ice. It was pure passion, pure strength, pure joy. We all had tears in our eyes, smiles on our faces and didn’t want to get off the ice.’’

In the intermediate competition, Nexxice took the crown with 120.53. The Ilderton (Ont.) Silver Jets from were second at 116.87 and NOVA from Brossard, Que., were third at 105.78. There were 15 entries.

‘’It was absolutely amazing,’’ said Grace Hefley of Nexxice. ‘’We stepped out there today knowing exactly what we needed to do. We just went out there with a lot of confidence and executed like we did in practice.’’

Competition ends Sunday with the free skates in novice, junior and senior competition. Action starts at 1 p.m. local time.

Full results: 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

Nexxice synchronized skating team in Scotland for Trophy D’Ecosse

OTTAWA, ON:  Canada will have one team competing at the seventh annual Trophy D’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland. The international synchronized skating competition takes place from February 10-12, 2017, at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

Nexxice senior will be the Canadian team at the event. They previously competed at, and won this competition in 2015. Last season, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed fourth at the ISU Shanghai Trophy, and seventh at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Last weekend, Nexxice placed fourth at the 2017 French Cup. The 2016 Canadian silver medallists are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Karen Robertson of Chelsea, Que., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the competition please visit event website.

Canada’s NEXXICE fourth at French Cup

ROUEN, France – NEXXICE from Burlington, Ont., couldn’t gain ground on the leaders in its free skate Saturday and placed fourth at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

Paradise from Russia was the winner with 199.16 points, the Rockettes from Finland were second at 196.98 and Team Unique, also from Finland, third at 193.76. NEXXICE, fourth after Friday’s short program, followed at 183.72.

There were 13 entries.

The skaters for NEXXICE were Cassandra Black, Madina Asrorova, Nadine Banholzer, Kelly Britten, Sarah Burns, Laura Emery, Ariana Gould-Tasoojy, Celina Hevesi, Emma Kim, Jamie Kosonic, Jenna Mackenzie, Megan MacLellan, Caroline Marr, Courtney McNaughton, Morgan Dykstra Stang, Kiersten Tietz, Alessandra Toso, Victoria Smith, Taylor Walker and Brooklyn Williamson.

NEXXICE senior, the 2016 Canadian silver medallists, was the sole Canadian entry. They last competed at the French Cup in 2013 and placed sixth. Last season, they placed fourth at the ISU Shanghai Trophy, and seventh at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Nine-time consecutive Canadian champions (from 2007-2015), they are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

This is a big year for synchronized skating in Canada with the world junior championships set for Mississauga, Ont., March 10-11 at the Hershey Centre.

Full results: French Cup 2017