April 4, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The WMU synchronized skating teams have completed their inaugural seasons as the newest intercollegiate varsity sport. The senior division team took part in five competitions, while the collegiate division squad competed six times.
The WMU "collegiates" competed in the first National Collegiate Conference Championships (April 1) in Oxford, Ohio. Emily Caudill's squad finished fifth out of seven teams. Miami won the event with 71 points, followed by Dartmouth (65), Delaware (47), Boston University (28), WMU (27), Penn State (20) and Michigan (18).
The collegiate team won the first gold medal in WMU's brief history with a first place effort in the long program at the Tri-States Championships (Feb. 19). The Broncos followed with a fourth-place pewter medal in the long program at the U.S. National Championships (March 4). The "collegiate" Broncos finished third in the Midwest Collegiate Conference standings and hosted the Bronco Challenge Cup (Dec. 11) in Lawson Arena the historic home opener for WMU. The "seniors" qualified for the U.S. National Championships by placing seventh at the Midwestern Championships (Jan. 28-29).
Said head coach Emily Caudill, "We made a lot of improvements on the collegiate team, but still have a way to go. It felt good that we were able to get all three programs (collegiate short and long; senior long) done. Our teams also performed well at nationals."
The National Collegiate Conference Championships marked WMU's first appearance at Miami (Ohio), the only other NCAA school that sponsors a varsity program. The event was also a homecoming for coach Emily Caudill, who skated four seasons with the RedHawks. Saturday's (April 1) competition brought to a close the careers of seniors Meghan LaGuire and Heather Patrick.
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