By: Lauren Winther

Western Michigan University’s synchronized skating team took 4th place in the National Championship Feb 28. Weeks leading up to the championship, the team practiced at Lawson Ice Arena to perfect its routine.

The skaters take the ice promptly at 7 a.m., wasting no time. Before the music starts, the only thing heard in the empty arena is the swoosh of metal blades against the unmarked ice. The team goes their routine two or three times before head coach Alyssa Dutton calls the team to the side to go over moves.

Senior and,team vice-president Brianne Anderson said regardless of what happens, the team is a family.

“I’ve been a part of the team for four years, so being apart of the team means having a sense of family,” Anderson said. “It’s something we can go back to on campus that’ll always be there, we spend a lot of time together. This is our home away from home.”

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