MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., produced the third best free skate to climb from seventh to fifth overall on Saturday to conclude the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships.
Team Russia 2 took the gold medal with 168.83 points with Finland 1 second at 158.06 and Finland 2 third at 156.24. Russia 1, the leader after the short, experienced difficulties in its free skate to drop to eighth overall.
Nexxice delighted the home crowd with a powerful free skate to place fifth with 155.97 and move ahead of Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., which remained sixth overall at 154.36 despite the fourth best free skate. There were 19 entries.
‘’It honestly felt amazing,’’ said Emiko Marr of Nexxice. ‘’I can’t put into words the feeling, it was so overwhelming. When we hit that end pose, most of us were already in tears. It was a really good ending to the season. We did the best-ever performance of our long at the perfect time.’’
Also skating for Nexxice were Isabella Del Villar, Alycia Giro, Abbey Glumpak, Sarah Hayman, Taylor Johnston, Amanda Kauffman, Kaitlin Lees, Anna Ljunberg, Carolyn Matheson, Shayna McFadden, Jessica Morgan, Scarlet Panning-Stinson, Angie Qie, Nicole Suszek, Emily Van Berkel, Emily Wright and Olivia Xie.
It was also a great finish for Les Suprêmes.
‘’We didn’t quite reach the objectives we wanted to,’’ said Alessia Arsenault, team captain for les Suprêmes. ‘’But we are happy with our performance and with how well we prepared the past months for this event.
‘’The crowd was so supportive and we gave it our all out there.’’
Also skating for les Suprêmes were Jessica Allaire, Amélie Béland, Julia Bernardo, Véronik Boisvert, Rachel Cecere, Lynnson Ceneston, Alice Côté, Ariane Conn, Marie-Ève Deschênes, Olivia Di Giandomenico, Giulia Hart-Lewis, Jessica Iacono, Anélie Jalbert-Tousignant, Grace Le Touzel, Andréanne Paradis, Florence Poulin, Julia Spilak, Anne-Laurence Trudeau and Sarah Verville.