2018 Pacific Coast Sectionals Senior Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 4 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 1 65.15 1 138.14 203.29
2 5 Daniel Kulenkamp, FSC of Southern California 2 61.62 2 133.13 194.75
3 7 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 3 58.89 3 129.98 188.87
4 6 Sebastien Payannet, Los Angeles FSC 4 58.73 4 127.77 186.50
5 3 Shotaro Omori, Los Angeles FSC 5 57.31 5 107.95 165.26
6 2 Sean Conlon, All Year FSC 6 40.76 6 87.19 127.95
7 1 Derrick Der, St. Moritz ISC 7 27.89 7 54.42 82.31
WD Dennis Phan, SC of San Francisco

2017 Pacific Coast Sectionals Senior Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 5 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 1 75.15 2 138.35 213.50
2 4 Shotaro Omori, Los Angeles FSC 2 72.42 1 139.92 212.34
3 3 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 3 68.42 3 136.15 204.57
4 1 Daniel Kulenkamp, Sun Valley FSC 4 65.97 4 112.67 178.64
5 2 Sean Conlon, All Year FSC 5 48.66 5 85.46 134.12

Pacific Coast Sectionals Senior Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 5 Sean Rabbitt, Glacier Falls FSC 2 66.83 1 134.55 201.38
2 4 Shotaro Omori, Los Angeles FSC 1 68.36 3 129.69 198.05
3 3 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 3 61.47 2 131.78 193.25
4 1 Daniel Kulenkamp, Coyotes SC of Arizona 4 58.84 4 124.19 183.03
5 2 Matej Silecky, SC of New York 5 47.39 5 84.91 132.30
WD Evan Bender, Peninsula SC

2015 US Nationals Junior Men’s Preview

Eleven of these twelve competitors have been to nationals before.  The only one who hasn’t used to compete for Russia, and even competed internationally.  As a group they’ve won 15 national medals and seven competed on the Junior Grand Prix this season.  The novice 1st, 4th and 5th place finishers from last season will be competing along with the junior 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th and 13th place finishers.

Andrew Torgashev set the highest score of the qualifying season by nearly six points at Eastern Sectionals.  His short program jumps are worth 19.30 points including a Triple Flip + Triple Toe, triple lutz and double axel.  He missed the combination in his short program and had a fall, yet still outscored everyone else.  He also received +4 points from GOE, even with the fall costing him 2.  His free skate features a Triple Lutz + Double Toe worth 7.30 points, Double Axel + Half Loop + Triple Salchow worth 8.00 points and a Triple Flip + Double Toe worth 7.26 points.  While he has no triple + triple combinations in his free skate, he makes up for it in other areas.  He received all positive GOEs at sectionals and gained nine points from the quality of his elements.  He also received mid 6s on all his program components.  He had a Level 4 on all of his spins and steps.  The quality of his elements puts him ahead of the rest of the field and gives him lots of extra points to play with.

Aleksei Krasnozhon set the 2nd highest shore of the season with his performance at Midwestern Sectionals.  He has a triple axel which sets him apart from the rest of this field.  His short program jumps are worth six points more than the rest of the field with a triple axel, Triple Flip + Triple Lop and triple lutz worth a combined 25.50 points.  With this advantage, he has the opportunity to pull ahead in the short program and give himself room for the free skate.  In the free skate he has a Triple Axel + Half Loop + Triple Flip worth 14.30 points and a Triple Lutz + Triple Loop worth 12.21 points. He also has a solo triple axel worth 9.35 points.  His final combination is an easy Double Axel + Double Toe worth only 5.06 points, but with his other elements he already has a point advantage, and this increases his ability to skate clean.  He received a Level 3 on two of his spins and the step sequence.

Kevin Shum took home gold from Pacific Coast Sectionals to place him 3rd on the best score list.  His short program jumps are with 19.03 points with a Triple Flip + Triple Toe, triple lutz and double axel.  He also received 7s on his program components, which is the highest recorded by any of these men in qualifying.  His free skate had a Triple Flip + Triple Toe worth 7.80 points, Triple Lutz + Double Toe+ Double Loop worth 10.01 points and a Triple Loop + Double Toe worth 7.04 points.  He had an edge call on his flip and a fall on his lutz.  He received all Level 3s and 4s on his spins and step sequence.  He also had low to mid 6s on his program components.  Despite all this, he did lose one point after GOE was taken into account.

Tomoki Hiwatshi is returning to nationals after sitting out last season due to injury.  He competed at both regionals and sectionals and set the 4th highest score of the season at regionals.  His short program jumps are worth 19.03 points with a Triple Flip + Triple Toe, triple lutz and double axel.  In the free skate he has a Triple Lutz + Triple Toe worth 10.10 points and a Triple Flip + Double Toe worth 6.20 points.  The second combination was missed at sectionals and was under-rotated at regionals.  He also doubled a loop at sectionals.  He received a Level 3 or 4 on all of his spins and steps.  The quality of his elements was good at regionals and he gained four points after GOE was factored in.

Daniel Kulenkamp showed promise with his programs at sectionals and set the 5th highest total for the qualifying season.  His short program is worth 19.03 points with a Triple Flip + Triple Toe, triple lutz and double axel.  His combination was under-rotated and he lost two points on GOE.  However, he received 6s on his program components.  His free skate has a Double Axel + Triple Toe worth 7.40 points and a Triple Lutz + Double Toe + Double Loop worth 9.24 points.  He missed his third combination of a Triple Flip + Double Toe.  He received Level 4s on his spins but only a Level 2 on his steps.  His program components were good in his free skate as well with all 6s.

Paolo Borromeo has lower value short program jumps at 18.70 points with a Triple Flip + Triple Toe, double axel and triple lutz.  His combination was downgraded at sectionals and he received an edge call on his lutz.  He lost one point on GOE.  However, at regionals his short program was clean.  His free skate has a Double Axel + Triple Toe worth 7.40 points, a Triple Lutz + Double Toe worth 7.30 points and a Triple Flip + Double Toe + Double Loop worth 9.24 points.  Both of his lutzes had edge calls at sectionals but not at regionals.  He had Level 3s and 4s on all of his spins and step sequences.  He lost three points on his GOE but did receive 6s on his program components.

Chase Belmontes also has 18.70 points for his jumps in the short program with a Triple Flip + Triple Toe, triple lutz and double axel.  His free skate had a triple axel in the listed elements but it was not executed.  If he upgrades to a triple axel for nationals, he can gain five points in his scores.  He had a Triple Lutz + Triple Toe with 10.10 points and Triple Flip + Half Loop + Triple Salchow worth 11.00 points.  He lost three points from his GOE but did receive Level 4 on two of his spins.

With most of these men attempting the same elements in the short program, the key is going to be in the spin and step levels, GOEs and program components.  The free skate has much more variation with the difficulty of the combinations giving some skaters an edge, but only if they can complete them cleanly.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Andrew Torgashev

Silver: Aleksei Krasnozhon

Bronze: Kevin Shum

Pewter: Daniel Kulenkamp

 

Bios of the competitors:

Chase Belmontes: He is 19 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He placed 9th at JGP France.  He is the reigning Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 8th as a novice in 2012 and 20th in intermediates in 2010.  He won silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best short program, 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Paolo Borromeo: He is 16 years old and represents the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.  He placed 7th at JGP France.  He is the reigning Novice Champion, placed 7th as a novice in 2013, is the 2012 Intermediate Men’s Bronze Medalist, finished 7th as a juvenile in 2011 and 16th as a juvenile in 2010.  He won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 8th best short program, 6th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Anthony Boucher: He represents the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club.  He finished 5th in novice last season, 13th as an intermediate in 2011 and 8th as a juvenile in 2010.  He won bronze at Southwest Regionals and pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 9th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Tomoki Hiwatshi: He is 14 years old and competes for the DuPage Figure Skating Club.  He is the 2013 Novice Champion, 2012 Intermediate Champion, the 2011 Juvenile Champion and finished 6th in Juvenile Boys in 2010.  He won gold at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 4th best short program, 3rd best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Spencer Howe: He is 18 years old and represents the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.  He placed 12th at JGP Estonia.  He finished 8th as a junior last season, is the 2012 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 6th as a novice in 2011, 11th as an intermediate in 2010 and is the 2009 Juvenile Silver Medalist.  He won silver at Southwest Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  They have the 9th best short program, 10th best free skate and 10th best total scores.

Ben Jalovick: He represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.  He finished 11th as a junior last season and 17th as an intermediate in 2011.  He won pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Aleksei Krasnozhon: He is 14 years old and represents the Stars Figure Skating Club of Texas.  He won gold at Southwestern Regionals and gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 2nd best short program, 2nd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

Daniel Kulenkamp: He is 19 years old and competes for the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona.  He placed 9th at JGP Croatia.  He finished 13th as a junior last season, 5th as a novice in 2013 and 12th in intermediates in 2011.  He won won silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 5th best short program, 5th best free skate and 5th best total scores.

Tony Lu: He is 16 years old and competes on behalf of the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club.  He placed 9th at JGP Germany.  He finished 7th as a junior last season, 9th as a novice in 2013, 10th in novice in 2012, is the 2010 Juvenile Silver Medalist and finished 18th in juvenile in 2009.  He won bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for Nationals.  He has the 10th best short program.

Oleksiy Melnyk: He is 17 years old and competes on behalf of the Washington Figure Skating Club.  He is the 2013 Novice Silver Medalist, 2011 Intermediate Silver Medalist,  finished 11th in novice in 2012 and 7th in juvenile in 2009.  He won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for Nationals.  He has the 8th best free skate and 9th best total scores.

Kevin Shum: He is 17 years old and represents the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club.  He placed 7th at JGP Japan.  He finished 6th in juniors last season, is the 2012 Novice Pewter Medalist, finished 9th as a novice in 2011 and 6th as an intermediate in 2010.  He won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the best short program, fourth best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Andrew Torgashev: He is 13 years old and represents the Panthers Figure Skating Club.  He placed 4th at JGP Czech Republic and 5th at JGP Estonia.  He is the reigning Novice Pewter Medalist, 2013 Intermediate Men’s Champion, the 2012 Juvenile Boys Champion and the 2011 Juvenile Boys Bronze Medalist.  He won gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 3rd best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Pacific Coast Sectionals Junior Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 8 Kevin Shum, St. Moritz ISC 1 66.21 1 120.49 186.70
2 6 Daniel Kulenkamp, Coyotes SC of Arizona 2 57.93 2 119.58 177.51
3 5 Paolo Borromeo, Los Angeles FSC 5 54.55 3 117.94 172.49
4 9 Spencer Howe, Los Angeles FSC 4 55.19 4 103.29 158.48
5 7 Timothy Boore, Pasadena FSC 3 57.51 5 95.49 153.00
6 3 Harrison Wong, All Year FSC 7 51.01 6 91.78 142.79
7 4 Evan Bender, University of California Los Angeles 6 53.35 7 79.88 133.23
8 2 Danny Neudecker, Seattle SC 9 45.95 8 75.63 121.58
9 1 Joey Millet, Spokane FSC 8 48.36 9 56.58 104.94
WD Ikaika Miyata, Everett FSC

Midwestern Sectionals Junior Men’s Results

Place Start No. Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC 1 61.42 1 113.62 175.04
2 7 Nicholas Vrdoljak, DuPage FSC 2 58.02 2 99.79 157.81
3 9 Chase Belmontes, Broadmoor SC 4 50.41 3 94.00 144.41
4 10 Daniel Kulenkamp, St. Paul FSC 6 47.46 4 91.06 138.52
5 8 Spencer Simon, Skokie Valley SC 3 50.80 6 87.66 138.46
6 6 Andrew Nagode, Broadmoor SC 9 44.77 5 90.54 135.31
7 4 Ryan Santee, Rochester FSC 7 46.72 7 87.43 134.15
8 2 Daniel Takayama, Detroit SC 8 45.81 9 80.28 126.09
9 1 Kyle Shropshire, Wagon Wheel FSC 10 44.58 8 80.33 124.91
10 11 Justin Highgate-Brutman, St. Clair Shores FSC 5 49.32 10 72.30 121.62
WD Alexander Newman, Detroit SC 11 39.53
WD Brian Johnson, Detroit SC 12 39.11

US Nationals Novice Men’s Free Skate Results

Place Start No. Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 7 Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC 1 52.05 2 103.24 155.29
2 12 Oleksiy Melnyk, Washington FSC 3 49.27 1 103.72 152.99
3 11 Nicholas Vrdoljak, DuPage FSC 2 49.53 3 89.58 139.11
4 9 Daniel Samohin, Los Angeles FSC 4 47.67 4 87.40 135.07
5 8 Daniel Kulenkamp, St. Paul FSC 5 44.76 7 79.08 123.84
6 2 Luke West, Broadmoor SC 7 42.71 5 81.04 123.75
7 10 Paolo Borromeo, Los Angeles FSC 6 43.65 8 78.42 122.07
8 5 Harrison Wong, La Jolla FSC 11 36.04 6 80.48 116.52
9 6 Tony Lu, SC of Wilmington 8 38.71 9 76.33 115.04
10 3 Daniel Petrenko, Charter Oak FSC 10 37.35 10 76.01 113.36
11 4 Christopher Aaron Singletary, SC of Lake Placid 9 37.43 11 73.47 110.90
12 1 Albert Zeng, SC of San Francisco 12 32.10 12 71.09 103.19

US Nationals Novice Men’s Short Program Results

Place Start No. Name Score
1 9 Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC 52.05
2 1 Nicholas Vrdoljak, DuPage FSC 49.53
3 6 Oleksiy Melnyk, Washington FSC 49.27
4 5 Daniel Samohin, Los Angeles FSC 47.67
5 10 Daniel Kulenkamp, St. Paul FSC 44.76
6 11 Paolo Borromeo, Los Angeles FSC 43.65
7 12 Luke West, Broadmoor SC 42.71
8 7 Tony Lu, SC of Wilmington 38.71
9 8 Christopher Aaron Singletary, SC of Lake Placid 37.43
10 4 Daniel Petrenko, Charter Oak FSC 37.35
11 3 Harrison Wong, La Jolla FSC 36.04
12 2 Albert Zeng, SC of San Francisco 32.10

Midwest Sectionals Novice Men’s Results

Place Start No. Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 10 Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC 1 50.05 1 99.57 149.62
2 7 Nicholas Vrdoljak, DuPage FSC 2 46.93 2 92.96 139.89
3 11 Daniel Kulenkamp, St. Paul FSC 5 40.43 3 84.79 125.22
4 8 Luke West, Broadmoor SC 3 42.84 4 74.93 117.77
5 9 Danny Neudecker, Broadmoor SC 4 40.74 6 71.64 112.38
6 12 Spencer Simon, Skokie Valley SC 6 38.94 8 68.83 107.77
7 1 Brian Johnson, Detroit SC 9 33.61 5 72.44 106.05
8 4 Anthony Boucher, Rocky Mountain FSC 10 32.25 7 71.36 103.61
9 6 Daniel Takayama, Detroit SC 7 34.59 9 58.78 93.37
10 3 Jason Cohn, Detroit SC 8 34.20 10 57.49 91.69
11 2 Nicholas Anderson, Indiana World Sk Acad FSC 12 28.99 11 54.84 83.83
12 5 Kevin Wu, Texas Gulf Coast FSC 11 30.33 12 50.16 80.49