March 2, 2012. By Josh Ellis, special to ice  After finishing second in 2011, Team Braemar needed their three-point advantage after the short program to hang on and earn gold in the junior event at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships on Friday night.

Leading after the short program, Team Braemar (Braemar City of Lakes FSC) earned just the second best free skate score–105.10–but it was enough for a narrow victory of 1.23 points over the Skyliners (SC of NY).

“It feels like all of our hard work has finally paid off,” team representative Breanna Hegseth said.

“It was unreal. We are extremely pleased with how the results turned out,” team representative Taylor May added. Skating to music described by head coach Pam May as  “Gypsy piece,” Team Braemar sparkled to victory in black costumes. They earned a total of 159.65 points for the competition, including 7.20 points for their Level 4 moves in the field during the free skate, the highest scoring element of the competition.

“They were ready, and they did a great job,” May said. “I thought they gave it their all out there.”

However, the hard work this season is not over for Team Braemar. The team from Edina, Minnesota will travel to Gothenburg, Sweden in less than two weeks to take part in the Junior World Challenge Cup. “We will have a week of constant practice every day to try and keep developing even more.” May said.

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