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 Midwestern Sectionals Junior Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skating Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 15 Hanna Harrell, Dallas FSC 1 65.43 1 123.62 189.05
2 13 Jenna Shi, Arctic FSC 4 53.17 2 108.59 161.76
3 12 Pooja Kalyan, Ozark FSC 2 56.34 4 95.01 151.35
4 14 Angelina Huang, St. Peters FSA 3 53.61 3 97.10 150.71
5 11 Shannon Porter, Broadmoor SC 5 47.15 5 81.78 128.93
6 7 Tori Bennett, Mentor FSC 6 45.71 6 81.67 127.38
7 10 Emily Soto, Wisconsin FSC 7 42.70 9 75.42 118.12
8 6 Aurelia Perkins, Centennial 7k SC 10 38.96 7 79.08 118.04
9 5 Anissa Maravilla, DuPage FSC 14 37.43 8 75.71 113.14
10 3 Karina Nance, Skokie Valley SC 11 38.81 10 73.75 112.56
11 1 Sonja Hilmer, Centennial 7k SC 13 37.91 11 73.16 111.07
12 9 Lily Miller, Wisconsin FSC 9 39.64 12 68.59 108.23
13 8 Maggie MacKinnon, Arctic FSC 8 42.62 14 63.21 105.83
14 4 Laiken Lockley, DuPage FSC 12 38.75 13 66.54 105.29
15 2 Jacqueline Budnick, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 15 37.19 15 60.07 97.26

2018 Eastern Great Lakes Regionals Junior Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 11 Jenna Shi, Arctic FSC 4 45.68 1 95.55 141.23
2 12 Samantha Lang, Detroit SC 3 47.63 2 81.77 129.40
3 9 Maggie MacKinnon, Arctic FSC 2 47.87 3 78.40 126.27
4 13 Tori Bennett, Mentor FSC 1 48.23 4 75.62 123.85
5 7 Jacqueline Budnick, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 6 34.01 5 65.13 99.14
6 5 Kaya Chakrabortty, Detroit SC 7 33.15 6 64.04 97.19
7 10 Aubyn Herbison, Arctic FSC 5 36.03 7 59.47 95.50
8 6 Alyson Pekkola, Winterhurst FSC 9 31.99 8 57.54 89.53
9 8 Brigid Carlson, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 8 32.20 9 54.70 86.90
10 4 Alexandra Polega, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 10 29.85 11 48.98 78.83
11 3 Eva Pate, Strongsville SC 11 27.37 10 50.63 78.00
12 1 Abigail Schmitt, Strongsville SC 12 23.74 12 45.31 69.05
13 2 Regan Lee, Detroit SC 13 20.50 13 40.37 60.87

2017 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Results

Juvenile Girls

Place Start Name Score
1 19 Jadyn Bortman, Detroit SC 52.93
2 20 Sophia Zou, FSC of Cincinnati 50.32
3 17 Sydney Flaum, Broadmoor SC 47.78
4 18 Samantha Lee, Columbus FSC 47.75
5 14 Isabelle Goldstein, Detroit SC 44.59
6 13 Baleigh Costello, Lansing SC 44.53
7 10 Kendall Erne, Indiana World Sk Acad FSC 44.19
8 16 Megan Ulewicz, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 41.95
9 11 Ava Zarewych, Detroit SC 39.68
10 1 Jamie McSweeney, Pavilion SC of Cleveland Heights 39.30
11 8 Zoe Krantz, Shaker FSC 39.25
12 12 Grace Caicco, Arctic FSC 38.64
13 7 Lilah Gibson, Columbus FSC 38.58
14 3 Toni Miano, St. Clair Shores FSC 38.50
15 9 Sloane Huey, Northern Kentucky SC 38.02
16 2 Briley Socha, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 37.02
17 5 Jasmine Tedjo, Detroit SC 35.97
18 6 Gabrielle Yakovlev, Detroit SC 35.15
19 15 Amanda Melling, Lansing SC 34.99
20 4 Abigail Harper, Cleveland SC 34.51

Intermediate Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 17 Lily Yu, Columbus FSC 1 35.85 1 66.28 102.13
2 20 Emily Saari, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 5 32.95 2 62.67 95.62
3 16 Alexa Gasparotto, Arctic FSC 3 34.72 3 60.42 95.14
4 18 Finley Hawk, Glenwood FSC 2 34.82 5 55.56 90.38
5 19 Josephine Hagan, Louisville Skating Academy 4 34.40 7 51.62 86.02
6 6 Frances Rossiter, Traverse City FSC 12 28.50 4 56.60 85.10
7 13 Charlene Hsiung, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 6 32.13 9 50.59 82.72
8 10 Alison Yan, Columbus FSC 11 28.75 6 52.12 80.87
9 15 Molly Schelosky, St. Clair Shores FSC 7 29.71 12 48.13 77.84
10 14 Grace VanZanten, Greater Grand Rapids FSC 9 29.35 13 47.84 77.19
11 8 Kendall Hackler, Columbus FSC 14 27.09 10 50.02 77.11
12 12 Delaney Ratliff, Arctic FSC 10 28.92 14 46.18 75.10
13 4 Sara-Kate Giles, SC of Huntsville 16 24.05 8 50.72 74.77
14 7 Elizabeth Hammill, Lansing SC 13 28.28 15 45.93 74.21
15 11 Catherine Sukpraphrute, Arctic FSC 8 29.36 17 44.83 74.19
16 3 Kamryn Keller, Columbus FSC 17 23.90 11 48.47 72.37
17 2 Sasha Klein, FSC of Birmingham MI 20 22.76 16 45.65 68.41
18 5 Giselle Miller, Lansing SC 19 23.21 18 42.40 65.61
19 1 Claire Rivas, Birmingham FSC 18 23.79 19 41.29 65.08
20 9 Olivia Wheeler, Lansing SC 15 24.14 20 38.91 63.05

Novice Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 9 Jenna Shi, Arctic FSC 4 39.36 1 82.92 122.28
2 12 Maggie MacKinnon, Arctic FSC 5 38.77 2 76.78 115.55
3 10 Tori Bennett, Mentor FSC 1 44.25 4 66.15 110.40
4 11 Samantha Lang, Detroit SC 2 39.76 3 69.75 109.51
5 8 Emilea Zingas, St. Clair Shores FSC 3 39.74 5 66.11 105.85
6 7 Winter Deardorff, Northern Kentucky SC 6 37.43 7 62.30 99.73
7 2 Braedyn Miller, Lansing SC 7 34.66 6 64.10 98.76
8 1 Jacqueline Budnick, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 9 29.33 8 56.08 85.41
9 3 Kaya Chakrabortty, Detroit SC 8 31.72 10 51.46 83.18
10 5 Vanessa Jasiewicz, Winterhurst FSC 11 26.05 9 52.20 78.25
11 4 Abigail Schmitt, Strongsville SC 10 27.65 12 46.15 73.80
12 6 Brigid Carlson, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 12 25.62 11 47.50 73.12

Junior Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 15 Ani Kahaian, Columbus FSC 6 36.72 1 77.11 113.83
2 14 Meiryla Findley, Detroit SC 3 39.01 2 72.29 111.30
3 18 Cristina Rackley, Winterhurst FSC 1 42.22 4 67.28 109.50
4 17 Melissa Murray, Arctic FSC 4 38.65 3 67.30 105.95
5 13 Alexis Proudlock, Arctic FSC 2 39.35 6 61.08 100.43
6 8 Chloe Mitchell, Detroit SC 7 34.40 5 61.60 96.00
7 11 Kamryn Lorenzen, Center Ice SC 8 31.26 7 60.76 92.02
8 12 Mikaela Manoogian, Detroit SC 12 30.29 9 60.59 90.88
9 2 Alisha Wang, ISC of Indianapolis 13 28.70 8 60.64 89.34
10 9 Dorothy Wilson, Strongsville SC 9 30.98 10 56.84 87.82
11 16 Elise Wellman, Fort Wayne ISC 5 37.92 16 45.93 83.85
12 10 Tori Weingarten, Detroit SC 10 30.76 13 51.52 82.28
13 7 Aubyn Herbison, Arctic FSC 11 30.30 14 51.40 81.70
14 4 Emily Scott, Greater Grand Rapids FSC 16 23.46 11 55.99 79.45
15 1 Marina Nesbitt, Columbus FSC 15 26.93 12 52.36 79.29
16 3 Hope Manley, Lincoln Center FSC 14 27.66 15 49.88 77.54
17 5 Andrea Mendez, Detroit SC 18 17.32 17 35.02 52.34
WD Jolie Vassel-Beasley, Detroit SC 17 22.02
WD Alyson Pekkola, Winterhurst FSC
WD Emma Wolak, Arctic FSC

Senior Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 7 Hannah Miller, Lansing SC 1 51.85 1 103.44 155.29
2 8 Julia Budnick, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 3 44.46 2 75.24 119.70
3 9 Chloe Roslin, Detroit SC 2 49.33 3 65.65 114.98
4 6 Caitlyn Nemastil, Winterhurst FSC 4 39.24 4 64.61 103.85
5 10 Ashlyn Olson, Ice House Skating Academy 5 31.50 6 63.49 94.99
6 1 Quinn Herbison, Arctic FSC 6 30.18 7 62.91 93.09
7 4 Regan Landman, Greater Grand Rapids FSC 7 28.56 5 63.64 92.20
8 3 Lyndsay Ream, Columbus FSC 8 27.83 8 59.11 86.94
9 2 Isabel Kalafatis, Shaker FSC 9 27.52 9 54.50 82.02
10 5 Brianna Mascia, Winterhurst FSC 10 25.69 10 52.68 78.37
WD Jessica Pierce, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy
WD Brenna Sandles, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy

Juvenile Boys

Place Start Name Score
1 1 Alexei Chen, Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy 36.05
2 2 Matthew Mlachak, Gilmour Academy FSC 28.93
3 3 Lake Liao, International Center For Excellence In Skating 25.31

Intermediate Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 2 Matthew Nielsen, Strongsville SC 2 30.43 1 60.74 91.17
2 3 Evan Whitlow, Louisville Skating Academy 1 38.03 2 50.70 88.73
3 1 Jake Pagano, Nashville FSC 3 27.02 3 45.33 72.35

Novice Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 3 Luke Ferrante, SC of Huntsville 1 49.63 1 92.17 141.80
2 4 Chase Finster, Northern Kentucky SC 2 37.50 3 73.27 110.77
3 5 Nathan Chapple, Shaker FSC 3 34.74 2 73.35 108.09
4 1 Jacob DeWolfe, Traverse City FSC 4 31.55 4 57.88 89.43
5 2 Dylan Wajda, Strongsville SC 5 24.63 5 51.75 76.38

Senior Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 2 Dennis Phan, Birmingham FSC 1 48.22 1 108.81 157.03
2 1 Alexander Newman, Detroit SC 2 43.40 2 74.40 117.80

2015 US Nationals: Intermediate Ladies Free Skate

Group 1

Ashley Lin: 61.88 Total: 90.81

  • She has nice timing and musicality along with personality at the top of her program
  • Nice solid triple toe
  • Good height on the double salchow but a little too close to the boards and she had to put her hand down
  • Nice layback position and picking up speed through the Biellman
  • Very solid double axel with nice ride out
  • Triple toe + double toe (a little tight on the second jump)
  • She has good speed and a nice light quality in her arms
  • Double axel + single toe + single loop
  • Double flip + double loop
  • I really like the spring in her jumps and she gets great height
  • Nice final spin
  • That was a very enjoyable, solid program and she kept her energy and performance levels up the entire time

Cheyenne King: 56.61 Total: 85.94 and into 2nd place

  • Single axel with one arm variation
  • Nice speed on sit spin with good timing with the music
  • Nice performance quality in the step sequence with good speed across the ice
  • Double lutz with both arms up + double loop a little two footed on the landing
  • Double flip with one arm + double loop a little two footed again
  • Double toe
  • Double lutz with one arm
  • Double flip + half loop + double salchow
  • She could have a bit more flexibility on her final spin
  • Another very good performance with good energy and performance quality

Diana Zhu: 52.16 Total: 80.31 and into 3rd place

  • Great height on the triple toe
  • Good double axel
  • Really nice position in her camel spin into a nice upright catch foot spin but losing speed toward the end
  • She could use a bit more speed through her footwork to match the tempo of the music but I like the choreographic details
  • Double toe hand down + toe
  • Double axel pitched forward + toe
  • Double lutz
  • Double salchow + loop
  • She could have more stretch through her sit spin position
  • She has great lines but her jumps don’t get a lot of height and can be difficult to identify

Liza Hayes: 57.80 Total: 88.05 and into 2nd place

  • Double lutz
  • I love her facial expression in her step sequences and her use of her head and arms is really well done
  • single axel
  • Good speed on the sit spin
  • Double flip + half loop + double loop
  • Double lutz + double loop
  • Double salchow
  • Double flip + double toe
  • Traveling a bit on her final spin
  • I found this program to be really enjoyable with lots of transitions and attention to detail

Sierra Venetta: 53.68 Total: 84.14 and into 4th place

  • Triple loop with nice height but hd to squeak the free leg back
  • Great double axel + single toe with both arms up
  • Beautiful catch foot camel spin, picking up speed
  • Nice triple salchow + double toe a little wild
  • Triple salchow
  • Her jumps have so much height and a nice air position but she doesn’t seem to have the soft knees on the landing to allow her to ride the jumps out
  • Double axel flip out and hands down
  • Double lutz + single loop + double loop
  • Nice stretch through her final upright catch foot spin

Maxine Marie Bautista: 75.10 Total: 105.84 and into 1st place

  • Triple salchow + double toe nicely done
  • Good position on her sit spin with nice speed throughout
  • She has a lovely expression and soft hands and arms in her step sequence
  • Good double axel
  • Double lutz + half loop + double flip really well done
  • Really nice triple salchow
  • Double axel + double toe with nice landing position
  • Double loop
  • She could have a bit more stretch in her combo spin and was a little scratchy on the change of positions
  • Overall this was an extremely solid program and very enjoyable to watch with mature performance qualities

 

Group 2

Nhi Do: 52.55 Total: 84.12 and into 6th place

  • Double axel + double toe out of a spread eagle with a step out and fall
  • Nice positions in the layback spin but losing speed in the Biellman
  • Double salchow
  • Double axel out of a spread eagle back on the landing and hand down
  • Double lutz + double loop with both arms up very close to the boards
  • Double flip + double loop both arms up + single loop
  • Double lutz
  • She could have more stretch through her feet in the spin but otherwise nicely done
  • This music might have been a bit too big for her and she didn’t really perform the way the other ladies have done

Jenna Shi: 58.75 Total: 91.59 and into 2nd place

  • Nice double loop with good ride out
  • Double flip with both arms up + double toe
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Her jumps get off the ground and rotate quickly with nice air position but she doesn’t have a lot of height
  • Lovely positions on her combination spin
  • Double lutz with a good ride out of the jump
  • Really nice height on that double axel with a good landing position
  • Double flip + half loop + double axel
  • Her program seemed to get stronger toward the second half and she started to perform as well
  • Nice speed in her final spin with a good twisted position in the sit but losing speed in the tuck position

Lara Annuziata: 59.09 Total: 92.84 and into 2nd place

  • Double salchow
  • Good positions in her camel spin with speed maintained throughout and nice flexibility in her upright position
  • She took a weird skid stop into  her double axel + half loop + double loop but landed it
  • Double flip + double loop
  • Double axel with another weird skid stop before it
  • Double flip + double toe
  • Double lutz
  • Weird random fall on a transition step
  • She has a high kick into her lutz and not a lot of height on the jumps even though she has fast rotation
  • Her layback spin was really nice with good speed and a stretched Biellman
  • Her performance could be stronger as it looked like she was going from element to element with a lot of focus

Kassandra Carpentier: 72.04 Total: 112.24 and into 1st place

  • Double flip with hands on hips
  • Really nice double axel with good height
  • Good sit spin positions with nice speed
  • Double flip with hands on hips + double toe
  • Double axel + single loop + double loop
  • Triple salchow
  • Her jumps have so much height but some of her finishing touches could be worked on like softer arms and more stretch through her legs
  • Double lutz + double loop nicely done
  • Good speed on her final spin with nice positions
  • She had a 5 point lead after the short program and that was a clean skate so she’s going to be tough to catch

Gia Kokotakis: 63.50 Total: 99.43 and into 3rd place

  • Double flip with one arm over the head
  • Single axel
  • Really nice positions in her camel spin with good flexibility and nice speed
  • Double lutz + double toe
  • Double salchow with arms up + single axel sequence
  • Double flip + double loop + double loop
  • Double lutz with one arm up
  • She has great lines and a ton of emotion on the ice and her choreographic details look genuine and not like they were placed in there
  • She had a gorgeous unique position in her layback spin
  • I don’t think it will be enough to catch Carpentier, but that was a very solid program and I loved her skating

Ting Cui: 61.45 Total: 95.30 and into 4th place

  •  I love her criss-crossed rhinestone tights
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Triple salchow
  • Fall going into her choreographic step sequence, but it might have been before it started so it will be a 1 point deduction but shouldn’t effect levels
  • Single axel–looked like she popped it open a bit
  • Nice donut spin position into a catch foot in her camel spin
  • Double flip with arms up and double toe with hands on hips
  • Double lutz
  • Double lutz + single loop + double loop
  • Great positions in her final spin including a really nice illusion
  • There is so much to like about her but she seemed to lose a little bit of the spark after her fall
Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 10 Kassandra Carpentier, Colonial FSC 1 40.20 2 72.04 112.24
2 6 Maxine Marie Bautista, DuPage FSC 7 30.74 1 75.10 105.84
3 11 Gia Kokotakis, All Year FSC 2 35.93 3 63.50 99.43
4 12 Ting Cui, Baltimore FSC 3 33.85 5 61.45 95.30
5 9 Lara Annunziata, Panthers FSC 4 33.75 6 59.09 92.84
6 8 Jenna Shi, Arctic FSC 5 32.84 7 58.75 91.59
7 1 Ashley Lin, Stars FSC of Texas 11 28.93 4 61.88 90.81
8 4 Liza Hayes, SC of Boston 9 30.25 8 57.80 88.05
9 2 Cheyenne King, Lilac City FSC 10 29.33 9 56.61 85.94
10 5 Sierra Venetta, SC of San Francisco 8 30.46 10 53.68 84.14
11 7 Nhi Do, All Year FSC 6 31.57 11 52.55 84.12
12 3 Diana Zhu, St. Paul FSC 12 28.15 12 52.16 80.31

2015 US Nationals: Intermediate Ladies Short Program Results

Place Start Name Score
1 8 Kassandra Carpentier, Colonial FSC 40.20
2 2 Gia Kokotakis, All Year FSC 35.93
3 9 Ting Cui, Baltimore FSC 33.85
4 4 Lara Annunziata, Panthers FSC 33.75
5 3 Jenna Shi, Arctic FSC 32.84
6 10 Nhi Do, All Year FSC 31.57
7 7 Maxine Marie Bautista, DuPage FSC 30.74
8 11 Sierra Venetta, SC of San Francisco 30.46
9 5 Liza Hayes, SC of Boston 30.25
10 12 Cheyenne King, Lilac City FSC 29.33
11 1 Ashley Lin, Stars FSC of Texas 28.93
12 6 Diana Zhu, St. Paul FSC 28.15

Midwestern Sectionals Intermediate Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 9 Ashley Lin, Stars FSC of Texas 1 35.43 1 62.80 98.23
2 12 Maxine Marie Bautista, DuPage FSC 2 34.87 2 59.73 94.60
3 11 Diana Zhu, St Paul FSC 3 33.49 4 56.17 89.66
4 2 Jenna Shi, Arctic FSC 11 27.64 3 58.19 85.83
5 13 Tori Bennett, Mentor FSC 5 31.64 7 52.04 83.68
6 7 Lindsay Weinstein, DuPage FSC 7 30.48 6 52.98 83.46
7 10 Kaitlyn Nguyen, Broadmoor SC 4 31.71 9 50.79 82.50
8 8 Maggie MacKinnon, Arctic FSC 6 30.83 8 50.85 81.68
9 6 Ashley Garcia, Dallas FSC 8 29.89 10 50.75 80.64
10 5 Paige Zolnierek, Springfield FSC 9 29.10 11 50.38 79.48
11 1 Akane Eguchi, Dallas FSC 10 27.87 12 47.18 75.05
12 3 Carly Leonard, DuPage FSC 13 19.78 5 53.11 72.89
13 4 Molly Davies, Traverse City FSC 12 24.43 13 42.08 66.51