2018 US Nationals Junior Ladies Preview

As a group these ladies have won 11 nationals medals and every one has qualified for nationals at least once previously.  However, no one in this field won a medal on the Junior Grand Prix this season, and in fact only three of them competed on the JGP.  None of the junior ladies from last year’s nationals are back competing here.  The entire novice podium, along with the 6th and 9th-11th place finishers have moved up to compete at this event.  Emily Zhang, the reigning intermediate pewter medalist has also qualified to compete here.  The short program will be held on Sunday, December 31st with the free skate on Tuesday, January 2nd.

To be competitive internationally, these ladies will need to have triple + triples in their programs, preferably one in the short program and two in the free skate.  Top scores internationally are 63+ points in the short program, 117+ points in the free skate and 181+ points overall.  Because of the number of junior age eligible ladies competing as seniors and the relative international inexperience of this field, it is unlikely there will be many if any spots available for Junior Worlds out of this field, however, a good placement here can put these ladies at the top of the list for Junior Grand Prix assignments next season.

Alysa Liu has the 2nd best total score from qualifying, although it was set at regionals.  She scored seven points higher than Akari Nakahara, who is 3rd on the list.  She has by far the most ambitious technical content, with an over three point advantage over the rest of the field.  She did not compete internationally this season, but she is not old enough to compete internationally as a junior.  Her short program includes a double axel with a triple flip + triple toe and solo triple lutz in the bonus.  Her combination was under-rotated at regionals but not at sectionals.  She earned Level 4 on her spins and had positive GOEs on everything but the combination jump at regionals.  At sectionals, she earned Level 4 on two of her spins and all positive GOEs worth 5 points.  Her program components were in the low to high 5s at regionals, but high 5s to mid 6s at sectionals.  Her free skate is backloaded with only the double axel at the beginning of the program.  All of her other jumping passes are in the bonus, including a triple lutz + triple toe, triple flip + single loop + triple salchow, double axel + double toe, and a solo triple lutz, flip, and loop.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins with positive GOEs worth over 7 points at regionals.  At sectionals, she under-rotated her triple + triple combination and fell.  Her program components were in the low to high 5s at regionals, and mid 5s to low 6s at sectionals.

Hanna Harrell has the best score from qualifying, 18 points higher than Liu set in her best event.  Her short program includes a triple flip + triple toe and a triple lutz and double axel in the bonus.  She earned Level 4 on her step sequence and two spins.  She had all positive GOEs worth nearly 7 points.  Her program components were in the mid 6s.  Her free skate includes a triple flip + triple toe, triple lutz + double toe, and double axel + single loop + triple salchow.  She only has three jumps in the bonus but she had a very clean program with all positive GOEs worth over 10 points.  She earned all Level 4s and her program components were in the low to high 6s.  She finished 7th at JGP Italy, after falling on her triple lutz in the short program and under-rotating two jumps in her free skate and falling three times.

Audrey Shin’s short program includes a triple flip + triple toe (under-rotated at sectionals) and a triple lutz and double axel in the bonus.  She earned a Level 4 on her layback spin and had program components in the mid to high 5s.  Her free skate has a triple lutz + triple toe, triple flip + double toe + double loop, and a double axel + double toe.  She earned Level 4 on her layback spin and had program components in the mid to high 5s.

Ting Cui had a 6th place finish at JGP Australia this year and has the 4th highest total score from qualifying.  Her short program has a triple toe + triple toe, triple lutz, and a double axel in the bonus.  She had one fall on her step sequence at regionals but otherwise earned all positive GOEs worth nearly 6 points and had program components in the mid to high 5s.  Her free skate at regionals was a bit messy with falls on her opening triple lutz and triple loop along with a popped lutz.  She did hit a clean double axel + triple toe and earned Level 4 on two of her spins with program components in the low to high 5s.  At sectionals, she missed the triple + triple in her short program and fell on her double axel.  At both events she had issues with her levels on the spins and steps.  She only received one Level 4 for her short program, at that was on the Final spin at JGP Australia.  Her program components at sectionals were in the mid to high 5s.  Internationally, she had higher program components, in the high 5s to mid 6s.  Her free skate at sectionals was cleaner with a double axel + triple toe, triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow, and a triple flip + double toe.  She only earned a slight negative GOE on her triple flip  and netted over 8 points.  Her program components were in the high 5s to low 6s.  Again, her program components were higher internationally in the low to mid 6s.

Akari Nakahara has the 3rd best score from qualifying, but all of her top scores came from regionals.  Her placements also indicate how volatile this field is, as her short program score is ranked 8th overall, with her free skate score 5th, yet she still holds the 3rd place overall.  Her short program includes a triple lutz (under-rotated at sectionals) and triple flip + double toe (under-rotated at sectionals) with no jumps in the bonus.  At regionals she earned Level 4 on everything with program components in the mid to high 5s.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and the step sequence at sectionals with program components in the high 5s to mid 6s.  Her free skate received an edge call on her opening triple lutz at sectionals and an under-rotation call on her solo triple flip and triple flip + double toe combination.  She also had a double axel + single loop + triple salchow and a triple salchow +double toe in the bonus (singled at sectionals).  She also fell on her solo triple toe at sectionals.  Her program components were in the mid 5s to low 6s.  At regionals, the jumps were fairly clean and she earned over 5 points from GOEs.  Her program components were in the mid 5s to low 6s.

Jenna Shi had a rough outing of her short program at regionals with an edge call on her lutz with a fall and a missed axel.  She did earn Level 4 on all of her elements and had program components in the low to mid 5s.  Her short program at sectionals was better but she did still receive an edge call on her lutz and she didn’t earn a Level 4 on her step sequence.  Her program components were in the high 5s to low 6s.  Her free skate has a triple flip + double toe, double axel + single loop + triple salchow, and a double axel + double toe.  Her only major error was an under-rotated triple loop.  She earned Level 4 on her final spin and had program components in the low to mid 5s.  At sectionals, she had a very clean free skate with all positive GOEs, earning 5 points.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and had program components in the high 5s and mid 6s.

Alysa Liu has the highest value for jumps in the short program at 20.46 points and also the highest free skate value at 48.95 points.  Hanna Harrell and Audrey Shin have the second highest short program value at 19.83 points.  Hanna Harrell’s free skate is also the second highest technical value at 46.26 points.  The other big factor will be who can hit Level 4 elements and how many they can get credit for.  The program components will also separate out the top competitors, with the top ladies scoring in the 6s.  Harrell managed to greatly separate herself from the field by skating a clean program and racking up a ton of positive GOE points.  Her free skate only has three jumps in the bonus in contrast to Liu who has all but one jump in the bonus, but it is much easier to land clean jumps on fresh legs.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Hanna Harrell

Silver: Alysa Liu

Bronze: Ting Cui

Pewter: Akari Nakahara

 

Bios of the competitors:

Emma Coppess: She represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She finished 10th as a novice last season.  She won bronze at Southwest Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 10th best short program score.

Ting Cui: She is 15 years old and represents the Baltimore Figure Skating Club.  She placed 6th at JGP Australia.  She is the reigning Novice Silver Medalist and 2015 Intermediate Pewter Medalist.  She won gold at South Atlantic Regionals and gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 7th best short program, 2nd best free skate, and 4th best total scores.

Hanna Harrell: She is 14 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She finished 7th at JGP Italy.  She finished 6th as a novice last year, and is the 2016 Juvenile Girls Silver Medalist.  She won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Angelina Huang: She is 15 years old and represents the St. Peters Figure Skating Association.  She placed 10th at JGP Austria.  She is the reigning Novice Ladies Champion, 2016 Intermediate Pewter Medalist, and finished 5th in juvenile in 2015.  She won pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 8th best free skate and 8th best total scores from qualifying.

Gabriella Izzo: She represents the Skating Club of Boston.  She finished 9th in novice in 2016, 6th in intermediate in 2014, and 9th in juvenile in 2013.  She won bronze at New England Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 9th best short program, 9th best free skate, and 9th best total scores from qualifying.

Pooja Kalyan: She is 15 years old and represents the Ozark Figure Skating Club.  She is the reigning Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 9th in novice in 2015, 10th in intermediate in 2014 and 5th in juvenile in 2013.  She won gold at Southwestern Regionals and bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 6th best short program, 6th best free skate, and 6th best total scores from qualifying.

Alysa Liu: She is 12 years old and represents the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club.  She is the reigning Novice Pewter Medalist and 2016 Intermediate Champion.  She won gold at Central Pacific Regionals and gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 4th best short program, 3rd best free skate, and 2nd best total scores.

Akari Nakahara: She represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She finished 7th in juniors in 2016, is the 2015 Novice Silver Medalist, and 2013 Juvenile Bronze Medalist.  She won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 8th best short program, 5th best free skate, and 3rd best total scores from qualifying.

Jenna Shi: She represents the Arctic Figure Skating Club.  She finished 6th in intermediate in 2015.  She won gold at Eastern Great Lakes Regionals and silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 4th best free skate and 5th best total scores from qualifying.

Audrey Shin: She is 13 years old and represents the Skating Club of New York.  She finished 9th as a novice last season and 9th in juvenile in 2014.  She won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores from qualifying.

Lily Sun: She represents the Peninsula Skating Club.  She finished 11th as a novice last season.  She won silver at Central Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 10th best free skate and 10th best total scores from qualifying.

Emily Zhang: She represents the Richmond Figure Skating Club.  She is the reigning Intermediate Pewter Medalist.  She won silver at South Atlantic Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 5th best short program score from qualifying.

2018 Pacific Coast Sectionals Junior Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Alysa Liu, St. Moritz ISC 1 61.68 1 109.74 171.42
2 9 Akari Nakahara, All Year FSC 4 51.50 2 92.48 143.98
3 11 Lily Sun, Peninsula SC 3 51.91 3 91.79 143.70
4 10 Emma Coppess, All Year FSC 6 46.33 4 90.38 136.71
5 8 Samantha Appleton-Sackett, All Year FSC 2 55.01 5 75.20 130.21
6 7 Gia Kokotakis, All Year FSC 5 51.37 6 67.63 119.00
7 4 Raffaella Koncius, Kent Valley FSC 9 37.18 7 65.46 102.64
8 1 Gabriella Lee, SC of Oregon 7 42.09 11 60.07 102.16
9 3 Kayleigh Elliott, Lilac City FSC 8 37.73 9 63.49 101.22
10 6 Erina Yamaguchi, Peninsula SC 11 33.73 8 65.18 98.91
11 2 Elizabeth Ding, Peninsula SC 10 34.17 10 60.40 94.57
12 5 Nira Barlow, Everett FSC 12 30.72 12 59.72 90.44

2018 Southwest Pacific Regionals Junior Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 8 Akari Nakahara, All Year FSC 2 55.15 1 108.34 163.49
2 7 Gia Kokotakis, All Year FSC 4 52.56 2 93.77 146.33
3 10 Emma Coppess, All Year FSC 3 54.40 3 91.92 146.32
4 11 Samantha Appleton-Sackett, All Year FSC 1 57.81 4 85.81 143.62
5 12 Nhi Do, All Year FSC 5 45.97 5 74.34 120.31
6 2 Caroline Benson, Coyotes SC of Arizona 7 38.02 6 65.25 103.27
7 9 Ashley van der Sluys Veer, All Year FSC 6 38.99 7 60.96 99.95
8 6 Michelle Kuwahara, Glacier Falls FSC 10 33.33 8 57.23 90.56
9 1 Jonina Tong, All Year FSC 8 37.12 10 51.79 88.91
10 5 Jessica Cai, Pasadena FSC 9 33.95 9 54.35 88.30
11 3 Sabrina Cobarrubio, Los Angeles FSC 11 29.53 11 51.38 80.91
12 4 Dakota Delsey, Coyotes SC of Arizona 12 15.57 12 39.80 55.37

2016 Junior Grand Prix Final Ladies Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Alina ZAGITOVA RUS 70.92 41.12 29.80 7.43 7.21 7.57 7.54 7.50 0.00 #5
2 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 64.48 36.87 27.61 7.14 6.61 7.11 6.86 6.79 0.00 #2
3 Anastasiia GUBANOVA RUS 60.30 31.90 29.40 7.36 7.18 7.25 7.50 7.46 1.00 #3
4 Elizaveta NUGUMANOVA RUS 58.34 30.83 28.51 7.11 6.89 7.14 7.21 7.29 1.00 #4
5 Rika KIHIRA JPN 54.78 28.18 27.60 7.11 6.71 6.82 6.93 6.93 1.00 #1
WD Marin HONDA JPN #6

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Alina ZAGITOVA RUS 136.51 73.84 62.67 7.82 7.64 7.89 7.96 7.86 0.00 #5
2 Anastasiia GUBANOVA RUS 133.77 71.27 62.50 7.71 7.64 7.96 7.82 7.93 0.00 #4
3 Rika KIHIRA JPN 120.38 65.10 56.28 7.21 6.75 7.14 7.04 7.04 1.00 #2
4 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 111.85 56.85 56.00 7.29 6.75 7.04 7.04 6.89 1.00 #3
5 Elizaveta NUGUMANOVA RUS 111.74 57.24 56.50 7.14 6.79 7.04 7.14 7.21 2.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Alina ZAGITOVA
RUS
207.43 1 1
2 Anastasiia GUBANOVA
RUS
194.07 3 2
3 Kaori SAKAMOTO
JPN
176.33 2 4
4 Rika KIHIRA
JPN
175.16 5 3
5 Elizaveta NUGUMANOVA
RUS
170.08 4 5
WD Marin HONDA
JPN

2017 Southwest Pacific Regional Results

Juvenile Girls

Place Start Name Score
1 10 Angel Li, All Year FSC 50.36
2 1 Jessica Housen, El Paso FSC 49.52
3 8 Elise Freezer, Los Angeles FSC 49.12
4 12 Saya Kimura, Glacier Falls FSC 48.85
5 6 Kana Okubo, All Year FSC 47.15
6 9 Courtney Phillips, All Year FSC 45.26
7 2 Irene Lee, All Year FSC 45.04
8 11 Hannah Tao, All Year FSC 44.19
9 3 Hannah Baetge, Los Angeles FSC 41.14
10 4 Ilana Plager, All Year FSC 40.44
11 7 Grace Yi, Los Angeles FSC 40.08
12 5 Michelle Lee, All Year FSC 39.97

Intermediate Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 11 Caroline Harris, All Year FSC 1 37.86 1 66.76 104.62
2 12 Savannah Stroyke, All Year FSC 3 36.27 2 66.05 102.32
3 15 Altice Sollazo, All Year FSC 2 36.49 3 63.80 100.29
4 13 Alex Evans, All Year FSC 5 32.51 4 62.58 95.09
5 16 Simona Krasnegor, Los Angeles FSC 6 32.16 6 58.46 90.62
6 6 Aubrey Ignacio, All Year FSC 9 30.50 5 58.78 89.28
7 10 Rebecca Kim, All Year FSC 7 31.50 7 54.22 85.72
8 9 Milena Markin, Los Angeles FSC 8 31.16 8 53.16 84.32
9 8 Koko Hirano, Los Angeles FSC 10 30.16 10 51.88 82.04
10 14 Kirstyn Beattie, All Year FSC 4 33.39 14 48.00 81.39
11 1 Rebecca Li, Coyotes SC of Arizona 12 28.86 11 51.83 80.69
12 7 Katelyn Ho, Los Angeles FSC 11 29.67 13 50.77 80.44
13 2 Joelle Lin, Glacier Falls FSC 13 28.48 12 51.75 80.23
14 5 Karen Lee, All Year FSC 15 27.51 9 52.59 80.10
15 3 Catherine Tran, All Year FSC 16 25.82 15 47.39 73.21
16 4 Lisa Borzilleri, All Year FSC 14 27.62 16 44.16 71.78

Novice Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 13 Emma Coppess, All Year FSC 1 48.61 1 83.66 132.27
2 14 Beverly Zhu, All Year FSC 2 43.23 2 82.57 125.80
3 16 Madison Sparks, All Year FSC 5 38.52 3 72.95 111.47
4 17 Jacqueline Lee, All Year FSC 4 39.37 4 67.56 106.93
5 15 Madelynn Lee, All Year FSC 6 37.24 5 66.67 103.91
6 18 Gia Kokotakis, All Year FSC 3 41.78 8 57.51 99.29
7 7 Caitlin Ha, Glacier Falls FSC 10 30.50 6 62.70 93.20
8 9 Rebecca Beerstein, All Year FSC 9 32.33 7 60.43 92.76
9 8 Ella Ales, Los Angeles FSC 7 34.93 11 55.96 90.89
10 12 Lovina Hermez, Coyotes SC of Arizona 8 34.44 13 53.28 87.72
11 10 Taylor Woetzel, FSC of Southern California 12 29.31 9 57.03 86.34
12 5 Cassidy Idenoshita, All Year FSC 15 27.46 10 56.01 83.47
13 11 Jacqueline Schmidt, Los Angeles FSC 11 29.90 12 53.50 83.40
14 3 Lauren Carreras, Coyotes SC of Arizona 14 28.70 14 51.98 80.68
15 1 Michelle Kuwahara, Glacier Falls FSC 13 28.76 15 48.12 76.88
16 6 Dakota Delsey, Coyotes SC of Arizona 16 22.31 17 33.91 56.22
17 4 Hannah Cole, Copper State SC 17 16.54 16 34.84 51.38
18 2 Kayluh Derzy, Coyotes SC of Arizona 18 16.35 18 25.46 41.81
WD Salla Kim, Pasadena FSC

Junior Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 13 Akari Nakahara, All Year FSC 1 50.50 1 90.82 141.32
2 10 Nhi Do, All Year FSC 2 48.71 3 80.56 129.27
3 12 Elizaveta Kulik, Glacier Falls FSC 3 47.01 2 82.03 129.04
4 8 Samantha Appleton-Sackett, All Year FSC 6 38.13 4 75.75 113.88
5 9 Marina Capatina, Los Angeles FSC 4 39.71 5 68.85 108.56
6 11 Caroline Benson, Coyotes SC of Arizona 5 39.00 6 66.15 105.15
7 7 Ashley van der Sluys Veer, All Year FSC 7 37.97 7 59.83 97.80
8 5 Emily Nguyen, North County FSC 8 33.85 8 58.38 92.23
9 6 Lauren Russell, Coyotes SC of Arizona 9 33.64 9 56.62 90.26
10 1 Ashley Osborne, Coyotes SC of Arizona 10 31.43 10 54.41 85.84
11 2 Victoria Gorman, North County FSC 11 31.40 12 46.02 77.42
12 4 Kristina Kelm, Coyotes SC of Arizona 12 29.64 11 47.29 76.93
13 3 Rachel Rovinsky, All Year FSC 13 25.95 13 44.94 70.89

Senior Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 11 Caroline Zhang, All Year FSC 1 58.08 1 117.17 175.25
2 14 Vanna Giang, All Year FSC 3 48.06 2 92.65 140.71
3 13 Olivia Serafini, Los Angeles FSC 2 52.28 4 84.16 136.44
4 12 Vivian Le, All Year FSC 4 39.63 3 85.17 124.80
5 15 Elena Pulkinen, Coyotes SC of Arizona 5 39.19 6 68.34 107.53
6 7 Victoria Giang, All Year FSC 6 35.72 8 63.34 99.06
7 1 Alexis Gagnon, Coyotes SC of Arizona 14 27.82 5 71.00 98.82
8 6 Jaclyn Cartwright, Coyotes SC of Arizona 8 33.31 7 64.10 97.41
9 8 Jasmine Jafarkhani, All Year FSC 9 32.89 10 60.83 93.72
10 3 Zoe Perez, Pasadena FSC 12 30.10 9 62.09 92.19
11 9 Moe Okuda, All Year FSC 10 31.93 11 59.70 91.63
12 10 Elizabeth Park, All Year FSC 7 35.51 13 50.79 86.30
13 2 Claire Hunt, Los Angeles FSC 11 31.61 14 49.77 81.38
14 4 Brenna Greco, Copper State SC 13 28.79 12 51.60 80.39
15 5 Chelsea Henry, North County FSC 15 22.32 15 41.47 63.79
WD Rachel Sakhi, Individual Member

Juvenile Boys

Place Start Name Score
1 6 Gerald Hsu, All Year FSC 40.67
2 4 Nathaniel Chen, Los Angeles FSC 34.32
3 7 Thomas Hsu, All Year FSC 31.66
4 5 Danny Nguyen, All Year FSC 31.04
5 1 Ryan Taylor, Coyotes SC of Arizona 28.92
6 3 Joshua Lau, Channel Islands FSC 26.98
WD Jacksen Goodley, Los Angeles FSC

Intermediate Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 7 Henry Privett-Mendoza, Pasadena FSC 3 29.20 1 61.38 90.58
2 6 Goku Endo, All Year FSC 2 32.17 2 56.97 89.14
3 8 Baltazar Poling, Los Angeles FSC 1 33.19 3 48.36 81.55
4 2 Samir Mallya, Los Angeles FSC 5 24.68 4 48.07 72.75
5 5 Jacob Wineland, SC of Phoenix 4 26.49 5 45.93 72.42
6 4 Cayden McKenzie-Cook, Orange County FSC 7 23.68 6 41.48 65.16
7 3 Camden Rider, San Diego FSC 6 24.05 7 28.32 52.37
8 1 Blake Edwards, All Year FSC 8 14.48 8 24.19 38.67
WD Danylo Siianytsia, All Year FSC

Novice Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 5 Paul Yeung, All Year FSC 1 53.29 1 76.73 130.02
2 3 Max Lake, All Year FSC 2 51.43 4 71.56 122.99
3 4 Max Wang, Glacier Falls FSC 3 42.90 3 74.56 117.46
4 2 Patrick Frohling, All Year FSC 4 36.49 2 74.98 111.47
5 1 Mikey Smith, Coyotes SC of Arizona 5 33.36 5 53.57 86.93
WD Bryan Dang, Glacier Falls FSC

Junior Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 2 Daniil Shamis, All Year FSC 1 54.87 1 101.80 156.67
2 1 Andrew Civiello, Coyotes SC of Arizona 2 39.20 2 70.82 110.02

Senior Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 2 Shotaro Omori, Los Angeles FSC 1 71.32 1 128.88 200.20
2 1 Sean Conlon, All Year FSC 2 57.12 2 92.62 149.74

2016 US Nationals Junior Ladies Preview

As a group these ladies have won 9 nationals medals.  Vivian Le won two medals on the Junior Grand Prix this season.  The bronze medalist as well as 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th place finishers from last year’s nationals are back competing here.  The novice gold, silver and pewter medalists have moved up to compete as juniors.  The short program will be held on Tuesday, January 19th with the free skate on Wednesday, January 20th.

To be competitive internationally, these ladies will need to have triple + triples in their programs, preferably one in the short program and two in the free skate.  Since the solo jump is a triple flip in the short program, doing a triple lutz as the combination jump will max out the technical value for that program.

Vivian Le set the top score during qualifying, 14 points ahead of the next closest competitor.  She skated a nearly perfect short program with a triple lutz + triple toe and a triple flip.  She received Level 4s on her step sequence and all of her spins.  She had all positive GOEs, earning a whopping 8 points.  Her program components ranged from 6.55-7.15.  Her free skate includes a triple lutz + triple toe, triple loop, double axel + triple toe, triple lutz, triple flip and a triple salchow.  She again received Level 4 on all of her spins and the step sequence.  Her program components ranged from 6.65-7.35.  She medaled at both of her Junior Grand Prix assignments and if she medals here she should be named to the Junior Worlds team.

Emily Chan had very consistent outings during qualifying, setting the 2nd highest score.  Her two scores were within .25 of each other.  Her scores are also 9 points better than the next best score.  Her short program has a triple toe + triple toe and a triple flip.  At sectionals she earned Level 4 for all her spins and the step sequence.  At both events she earned all positive GOEs, earning between 6.5 and 7 points.  Her program components were higher at sectionals, earning 6.50-7.15.  Her free skate includes a triple toe + triple toe, triple flip, triple loop (singled at sectionals), triple salchow + double toe, double axel + double toe + double loop and a triple salchow (doubled at regionals).  She received Level 4 on all her spins and the step sequence at regionals.  Her program components were higher at sectionals, earning 6.40-6.85.

Rebecca Peng set the third highest score during qualifying, during her regional event.  She scored 13 points lower at sectionals.  Her short program includes a triple loop + double toe and a triple flip.  At regionals she received Level 4 on all her spins and the step sequence.  Her program components were also higher at regionals, ranging from 5.38-6.06.  Her free skate includes a triple flip + double toe, triple lutz, double axel + 1/2 loop + double salchow, triple lutz + double toe (under-rotated at regionals), triple flip and a triple loop.  At both events she received Level 4 on her spins and Level 3 on her step sequence.  Her program components were again higher at regionals, earning 5.35-5.75.

Paige Rydberg has the 4th highest score from qualifying.  Her short program includes a triple flip and a triple toe + triple toe.  She received Level 4 on her spins and Level 2 on her step sequence.  Her program components ranged from 5.55-6.10.  Her free skate includes a triple loop, triple toe + triple toe, double salchow, triple flip, triple salchow + double toe, and a double axel + double toe + double loop.  Her spins earned Level 3s and 4s with her step sequence earning a Level 2.  Her program components ranged from 5.80-6.65.

Vanna Giang is a newcomer to the nationals scene and impressed at regionals, earning the 5th highest qualifying score.  She finished 19 points lower at sectionals, largely due to problems in her free skate.  Her short program includes a triple flip and a triple lutz + double toe.  She received Level 4 on her spins at both events with Level 3 on her step sequence.  At regionals she earned all positive GOEs, netting her 5 points.  Her program components were also higher at regionals, ranging from 5.31-6.06.  Her free skate had problems at both events.  The layout was largely the same, with one combo moved.  She has a triple toe + double toe + double loop, triple lutz (edge call at regionals and added a double toe, under-rotated at sectionals), double axel + double axel, triple flip (under-rotated at sectionals), triple lutz (edge call at regionals, under-rotated and added a double toe at sectionals), triple salchow (under-rotated at sectionals), and a triple toe.  She had higher spin levels at regionals, earning all Level 4s, while she earned a Level 3 on her step sequence at sectionals.  Her best program components came at regionals, where she earned 5.13-5.75.

Akari Nakahara set the 7th best total score during qualifying.  Her short program has a triple lutz + double toe (under-rotated) and a triple flip.  She earned Level 4 on her steps and spins.  Her program components ranged from 5.31-5.81.  Her free skate includes a triple lutz (under-rotated), triple flip (under-rotated), triple toe, triple flip + double toe, double axel + double axel, triple salchow, and triple salchow + double toe + double loop (under-rotated).  She again earned Level 4 for her steps and spins.  Her program components ranged from 5.50-5.88.

Alice Yang set the 8th best score during qualifying at sectionals.  While a lot of these other ladies saw major fluctuations between events, her two scores were less than a point apart.  Her best score isn’t as high as some of the other ladies, but her consistency could pay off if some of the others falter.  Her short program has a triple flip and triple toe + double toe.  At both events she earned Level 4 on her spins and Level 3 on her step sequence.  Her best program components came at regionals, ranging from 4.69-5.69.  Her free skate layout changed between events.  Her free skate at sectionals has a triple flip + double toe + double loop (under-rotated), triple toe + double toe, triple flip, double axel + double axel, triple salchow and triple toe.  She earned Levels 3 and 4 on her spins and Level 4 on her step sequence.  Her best program components came at sectionals, where she earned 5.13-5.69.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Vivian Le

Silver: Emily Chan

Bronze: Paige Rydberg

Pewter: Rebecca Peng

 

Bios of the competitors:

Carly Berrios: She is 17 years old and represents the Greenville Skating Club.  She is the 2014 Novice Ladies Pewter Medalist.  She won gold at South Atlantic Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 9th best short program score.

Emily Chan: She is 18 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She placed 6th at JGP Slovakia.  She is the reigning Novice Champion, finished 9th as a novice in 2014, 6th as a novice in 2013.  She won gold at Southwestern Regionals and silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 2nd best short program, 2nd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

Anna Grace Davidson: She is 14 years old and represents Salt Lake Figure Skating.  She placed 15th at JGP Austria.  She is the reigning Novice Pewter Medalist, 2013 Intermediate Ladies Champion and finished 6th as an intermediate in 2012.  She won silver at Central Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 9th best total score.

Vivian Le:  She is 15 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She won bronze at JGP Slovakia and JGP USA.  She is the reigning Junior Bronze Medalist and 2014 Novice Champion.  She won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the best short program, best free skate and best total scores nationally.  She has the 8th best short program, 8th best free skate and 8th best total scores, internationally.

Vanna Giang: She represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Regionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 3rd best short program, 8th best free skate and 5th best total scores.

Brynne McIsaac: She is 16 years old and represents the Washington Figure Skating Club.  She placed 4th at JGP Spain.  She finished 7th in juniors last season, 10th in novice in 2013 and 11th in juvenile in 2010.  She won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 7th best short program.

Akari Nakahara: She is 13 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She placed 8th at JGP Poland.  She is the reigning Novice Silver Medalist and 2013 Juvenile Ladies Bronze Medalist.  She won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 8th best short program, 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Rebecca Peng: She is 16 years old and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  She finished 6th in juniors last season, is the 2014 Novice Bronze Medalist and finished 7th in novice in 2013.  She won gold at New England Regionals and gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 4th best short program, 3rd best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Shannon Porter: She is 14 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  She won silver at Southwestern Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals.  She has the 6th best free skate score.

Paige Rydberg: She is 16 years old and represents the Northern Ice Skating Club.  She placed 5th at JGP USA and 10th at JGP Croatia.  She finished 8th in juniors last season, is the 2014 Novice Silver Medalist and finished 5th in intermediate in 2013.  She won bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 5th best short program, 4th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Megan Wessenberg: She is 17 years old and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  She placed 7th at JGP Poland.  She finished 9th in juniors last season, 10th as a junior in 2014, 9th in novice in 2013 and 12th in juvenile in 2011.  She won silver at New England Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Alice Yang: She is 15 years old and represents the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club.  She finished 9th in intermediate in 2014.  She won gold at Central Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 6th best short program, 5th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

2016 Pacific Coast Sectionals Junior Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Akari Nakahara, All Year FSC 1 51.78 2 95.07 146.85
2 11 Alice Yang, St. Moritz ISC 4 48.17 1 97.16 145.33
3 10 Anna Grace Davidson, Salt Lake Figure Skating 3 48.39 3 88.34 136.73
4 9 Vanna Giang, All Year FSC 2 51.00 5 81.28 132.28
5 7 Morgan Flood, All Year FSC 8 39.91 4 84.62 124.53
6 13 Nina Ouellette, St. Moritz ISC 5 46.53 6 72.51 119.04
7 5 Gabriella Lee, SC of Oregon 6 43.83 7 68.16 111.99
8 8 Anna Lank, Highland SC 7 40.83 9 63.01 103.84
9 4 Hina Ueno, Salt Lake Figure Skating 10 37.01 8 66.01 103.02
10 2 Jessica Cai, Pasadena FSC 11 36.85 10 61.26 98.11
11 6 Runa Maeda, All Year FSC 9 37.43 11 58.44 95.87
12 3 Shoritah Ching, Seattle SC 12 28.31 12 44.40 72.71
13 1 Lisa Grimm, Portland ISC 13 25.98 13 40.48 66.46

2015 US Nationals: Novice Ladies Free Skate Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 8 Emily Chan, Dallas FSC 1 50.97 1 98.28 149.25
2 12 Akari Nakahara, All Year FSC 3 43.98 2 90.65 134.63
3 7 Nina Ouellette, St. Moritz ISC 2 47.23 3 81.32 128.55
4 11 Anna Grace Davidson, Salt Lake Figure Skating 4 40.82 4 78.00 118.82
5 9 Jin Baseman, SC of Boston 5 40.71 6 68.33 109.04
6 2 Haley Beavers, Washington FSC 8 37.56 5 70.88 108.44
7 10 Sarah Nunez, DuPage FSC 6 39.12 7 66.66 105.78
8 3 Alexia Paganini, SC of New York 7 38.06 8 65.97 104.03
9 5 Pooja Kalyan, Ozark FSC 11 32.60 10 65.50 98.10
10 1 Lindsay Rosenberg, Panthers FSC 12 32.21 9 65.77 97.98
11 6 Ashlee Raymond, Dallas FSC 10 33.80 11 61.99 95.79
12 4 Meiryla Findley, Everett FSC 9 36.47 12 47.26 83.73

US Nationals: Novice Ladies Short Program

Group 1

Nina Ouellette: 47.23

  • Triple lutz + double toe with one arm up on the second jump but a little tight on the second landing
  • Nice triple salchow with good toe point and a good landing position
  • Really nice layback spin picking up speed in the fully stretched Biellman
  • She’s a bit bobbly on the step sequence and really on top of the ice instead of into her edges but she has a lot of energy and is performing to the crowd
  • Nice double axel with a solid landing
  • Good speed and centering on her combination spin with nice flexibility in the final position
  • Very solid, enjoyable program

Haley Beavers: 37.56 and into 2nd place

  • Opening double axel very nicely done
  • Really nice layback spin but she loses her centering in the Biellman
  • She has nice musicality in her step sequence and good emotion but looks down at the ice a little too much
  • I do love the dancey quality of the choreography
  • Triple loop and a fall
  • Triple toe turnout double toe
  • Nice positions in her final combination spin
  • I really love her choreography and packaging as well as her use of her arms and hands

Ashlee Raymond: 33.80 and into 3rd place

  • Triple salchow didn’t have quite enough height and she two footed the landing
  • Spiral into a nice high double axel with good ride out on the landing
  • This program is perfect for her and she really performs it with a lot of pizzazz and energy
  • Really nice layback spin with a good stretched out Biellman
  • Double lutz + double loop
  • Nice speed and flow across the ice in the step sequence and good timing with the music
  • She could have a bit more flexibility in some of her positions in the final spin

Alexia Paganini: 38.06 and into 2nd place

  • I love the simplicity of her blue costume which allows the crystals to really pop
  • Popped her opening axel
  • Nice triple salchow + double toe and both jumps were perfectly timed to the music
  • Triple toe had a lot of height but she was a little forward on the landing
  • Good timing with the music on her combination spin
  • She’s a little too sharp and on top of her edges for this music in the step sequence but I love how she stretches all the way through her arms and legs to finish off the lines
  • Great speed on her layback but not fully stretched in the Biellman
  • I found her really charming and loved all the in between moments of her program

Sarah Nunez: 39.12 and into 2nd place

  • Huge triple lutz + double toe
  • Triple flip with a flip out
  • Good speed in her combination spin with nice positions and good centering
  • Good height in the double axel with a nice ride out position
  • Really fast layback spin but she loses the speed going into the Biellman
  • I’d like to see her perform more in this step sequence and really get into the character of the music

Lindsay Rosenberg: 32.21 and into 6th place

  • Triple salchow and a fall
  • Great donut position with nice speed in the combination spin
  • Her step sequence isn’t as polished as some of the other ladies with the full extension through the arms and legs to complete the line
  • Double flip + double loop a little two footed
  • Double axel might have been slightly two footed as well
  • Interesting layback spin positions and a nice Biellman but losing some speed

 

Group 2

Jin Baseman: 40.71 and into 2nd place

  • Pretty spiral into a triple salchow with a good landing position
  • She could be a bit lower in her sit spin but has nice stretch through the upright position in her combination spin
  • Triple toe was a little forward on the landing but she pulled off the double toe
  • Stalked the double axel a bit but landed nicely
  • She has some nice transitions between elements and doesn’t just skate jump to jump
  • Good layback spin with a nice Biellman

Anna Grace Davidson: 40.82 and into 2nd place

  • Her costume doesn’t really match this swing music and looks more pretty
  • Nice triple toe
  • Good triple salchow + double toe
  • Decent illusion spin in her combo spin with nice positions throughout and well timed to the music
  • Step out of the double axel
  • Ok layback position but a good Biellman
  • This music is so high energy and with all the other elements done I’d like to see her really turn on the performance for the step sequence and it seems a bit marked
  • I liked a lot of things about that program, especially the quality of her jumps

Meiryla Findley: 36.47 and into 7th place

  • Nice double axel with good flow out of the jump
  • Triple salchow and she almost sat down on the landing but hung on to it
  • Really nice stretch and toe point through the sit spin in her combo spin and a good flexibility through the upright position
  • Double lutz + double loop–opened up a bit in the middle between jumps but managed to pull them both off
  • Nice layback into a decent Biellman position with good speed throughout
  • I’d like to see more performance from her in the steps and for her to look up and connect with the audience more

Akari Nakahara: 43.98 and into 2nd place

  • Triple toe nicely done
  • Great spiral into a double axel
  • Fast layback into an even faster fully stretched Biellman
  • I love her facial expressions in this step sequence and her light floating quality across the ice–the steps are perfectly timed with the music and she stretches through all of her lines
  • Spread eagle into triple salchow + single toe
  • Great final spin with nice interesting positions and tons of speed
  • This was a very enjoyable program to watch with lots of transitions in and out of elements and a performance quality that was more mature than her age would indicate

Pooja Kalyan: 32.60 and into 10th place

  • Nice layback spin with good arm variations and picking up speed through the excellent Biellman
  • Double flip
  • I love her energy and playfulness in this step sequence
  • Double lutz and her leg just slipped out from under her on the landing
  • Single axel with a really nice landing position
  • Nice positions in the final combination spin with good speed throughout
  • That’s too bad about the fall–she had much lower technical content already and needed every point she could get
  • She is the youngest skater in the field, but her performance quality, transitions, spins and skating skills are some of the best here.  She just needs time to get the jumps to match up

Emily Chan: 50.97 and into 1st place

  • While Pooja was the youngest skater in this event, Emily is the oldest
  • Triple toe + double toe with one arm variation
  • Nice toe point in the triple salchow with a good landing position
  • Really nice layback spin with a good Biellman
  • Great performance quality and carriage across the ice in her step sequence–you can immediately see a difference between her execution in this element and that of everyone else
  • Spiral into a high double axel with a spiral out of it
  • Nice speed in her final combination spin with good positions and nice flexibility
  • Great program and she should easily go into first
Place Start Name Score
1 12 Emily Chan, Dallas FSC 50.97
2 1 Nina Ouellette, St. Moritz ISC 47.23
3 10 Akari Nakahara, All Year FSC 43.98
4 8 Anna Grace Davidson, Salt Lake Figure Skating 40.82
5 7 Jin Baseman, SC of Boston 40.71
6 5 Sarah Nunez, DuPage FSC 39.12
7 4 Alexia Paganini, SC of New York 38.06
8 2 Haley Beavers, Washington FSC 37.56
9 9 Meiryla Findley, Everett FSC 36.47
10 3 Ashlee Raymond, Dallas FSC 33.80
11 11 Pooja Kalyan, Ozark FSC 32.60
12 6 Lindsay Rosenberg, Panthers FSC 32.21

2015 US Nationals Novice Ladies Preview

This is an accomplished group with eight ladies having attended nationals before, although only one has competed as a novice before.  Four have won medals at nationals before and several have difficult elements planned not normally seen at the novice level.

Emily Chan holds the top score from qualifying by 6 points.  Her short program largely remained the same, but she showed significant improvement in her free skate to lift her to the top of the pack.  She executed a Triple Toe + Double Toe + Double Loop combination worth 7.20 points and received level 3s and 4s on her spins and steps.  She also has the triple salchow in her arsenal.  She had lots of jump troubles at regionals with her salchow being a major issue, but she did receive all level 4s on her spins and steps.  She doesn’t have the same technical content as some of the other ladies here but when she hits her elements cleanly, she gets mainly positive GOEs and has more maturity then some of the younger skaters.  She’s also the veteran of the pack, competing as a novice for the third season.  Her previous best performance was 6th.  She is also competing at this nationals in novice pairs.  Her biggest challenge will come during the ladies free skate as she’ll have already competed in the novice pairs short program earlier that day.

Nina Ouellette holds the 2nd best total score and the best free skate score so far this season.  She also showed great improvement in her free skate between regionals and sectionals.  She has the triple lutz, triple toe and triple salchow in her repertoire.  She also completed a Double Axel + Double Loop + Double Toe combination worth 7.04 points.  At sectionals she only received a Level 2 on her step sequence while she received a Level 3 at regionals, so this can be an easy area of improvement for her.  At regionals her lower score was due to a salchow that was singled and intended to be a part of a combination.

Sarah Nunez improved both her short program and free skate scores at sectionals and holds the number 3 spot for total score.  She has two difficult elements planned in her free skate giving her a big point advantage.  She landed a triple lutz + double toe and a triple flip + double toe at sectionals worth a combined 13.90 points.  She is one of the only novice ladies attempting the triple flip and one of only a handful attempting the lutz.  She also has the triple loop and triple toe.  Her steps and spins are an area that needs improvement as she had Level 1s and 2s in qualifying.  She had a fall at sectionals and some negative GOEs but if she can land her ambitious program cleanly she should score a lot of points.

Alexia Paganini had a ten point improvement in both programs between qualifying events and is currently ranked 4th for total score.  She has a triple loop + triple salchow and triple toe.  She also has a Double Axel + Half Loop + Double Salchow combination worth 5.61 points.  She received Level 4s on all her spins at sectionals with positive GOEs and this is one of her biggest strengths as her jump content is not as difficult as some of the other ladies.  At regionals she struggled with her salchow.

Akari Nakahara is one of the most consistent skaters from qualifying, with only .31 difference between events in her scores.  She also has an ambitious program planned and didn’t skate it cleanly at either event, but is still in the top 5 for scores this season.  If she can hit the program cleanly, she should do very well, but even with mistakes she can contend for a medal.  She has the triple lutz, triple flip, triple salchow and triple toe in her arsenal.  She is attempting the highest value combination of the event: Tripe Salchow + Double Toe + Double Loop worth 8.03 points.  She also has a Triple Salchow + Double Axel sequence worth 6.00 points.  She doubled an intended triple, received several downgrades and an edge call at sectionals.  She did receive a Level 4 on all her spins but just a Level 2 on her steps.

Jin Baseman was also very consistent between events with just over a point difference.  She has the 7th best total score so far this season.  She has a triple toe and triple salchow.  She also has a high value combination with a Triple Toe + Double Toe + Double Loop worth 7.92 points.

Lindsay Rosenberg saw a decline in her score between events, but had to battle back from an 8th place short program at sectionals to claim her spot at nationals.  She has the 8th best total score so far this season.  She had a Triple Salchow + Double Toe combination along with a Triple Lutz + Double Loop + Double Loop worth 6.27 points.  She received a Level 3 or 4 on all of her spins and steps.

Also in the mix is Haley Beavers who had an 8 point improvement from regionals to sectionals and has the 10th best total score from qualifying.

With so many ladies attempting difficult elements there are several scenarios for getting to the podium.  Skate an easier program cleanly while those skating difficult programs falter (which for novices enduring the nerves of skating at big nationals for the first time can be a good strategy), skate a difficult program cleanly, or skate a difficult program with errors but still have enough points to out skate those with lesser content.  The latter two have higher risks but the payoff can be great as they have more wiggle room to make mistakes.  Those with less difficult programs must skate clean as they have less points to start with.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Emily Chan

Silver: Akari Nakahara

Bronze: Nina Ouellette

Pewter: Sarah Nunez

 

Bios of the competitors:

Jin Baseman: She is 15 years old and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  She finished 7th as an intermediate in 2013.  She won silver at New England Regionals and silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 4th best short program.

Haley Beavers: She is 15 years old and represents the Washington Figure Skating Club.  She won silver at South Atlantic Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 10th best total score.

Emily Chan: She is 17 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She finished 9th as a novice last season.  She finished 6th as a novice in 2013.  She won gold at Southwestern Regionals and gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the best short program, 2nd best free skate and best total scores.

Anna Grace Davidson: She is 13 years old and represents Salt Lake Figure Skating.  She is the 2013 Intermediate Ladies Champion and finished 6th as an intermediate in 2012.  She won silver at Central Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 10th best short program score.

Meiryla Findley: She represents the Everett Figure Skating Club.  She won gold at Northwest Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 8th best free skate score.

Pooja Kalyan: She represents the Ozark Figure Skating Club.  She finished 10th as an intermediate last season and 5th in juvenile in 2013.  She won bronze at Southwestern Regionals and bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Akari Nakahara: She is 12 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She is the 2013 Juvenile Ladies Bronze Medalist.  She won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 7th best short program, 4th best free skate and 5th best total scores.

Sarah Nunez: She represents the DuPage Figure Skating Club.  She won silver at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 5th best short program, 3rd best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Nina Ouellette: She represents the St. Oritz Ice Skating Club.  She won bronze at Central Pacific Regionals and gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 8th best short program, best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

Alexia Paganini: She represents the Skating Club of New York.  She is the reigning Intermediate Silver Medalist.  She won silver at North Atlantic Regionals and gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 3rd best short program, 5th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Ashlee Raymond: She represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She is the 2012 Juvenile Girls Bronze Medalist.  She won pewter at Southwestern Regionals and pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Lindsay Rosenberg: She is 14 years old and represents the Panthers Figure Skating Club.  She finished 5th as an intermediate last season and 8th as a juvenile in 2012.  She won gold at South Atlantic Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 6th best short program, 6th best free skate and 8th best total scores.