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.