2018 US Nationals Junior Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 10 Camden Pulkinen, Broadmoor SC 1 67.88 1 151.41 219.29
2 12 Dinh Tran, SC of San Francisco 2 67.28 2 132.67 199.95
3 11 Maxim Naumov, SC of Boston 3 64.07 4 114.93 179.00
4 3 Ryan Dunk, Baltimore FSC 10 53.43 3 119.25 172.68
5 13 Tony Lu, North Jersey FSC 4 62.43 7 104.14 166.57
6 7 Alex Wellman, Broadmoor SC 8 56.23 6 104.46 160.69
7 2 Paul Yeung, All Year FSC 11 53.30 5 105.41 158.71
8 5 Sasha Lunin, Fort Wayne ISC 9 54.86 8 93.81 148.67
9 9 Peter Liu, SC of Wilmington 5 58.33 11 85.30 143.63
10 1 Patrick Frohling, All Year FSC 12 52.22 10 86.21 138.43
11 8 Kendrick Weston, Salt Lake Figure Skating 6 58.10 12 78.73 136.83
12 4 Justin Wichmann, Dallas FSC 13 48.05 9 87.90 135.95
13 6 Luke Ferrante, SC of Huntsville 7 56.48 13 73.10 129.58

2018 US Nationals Junior Men’s Preview

As a group they’ve won 16 national medals and every single one has qualified for nationals previously.  Camden Pulkinen is the only one to have won medals on the Junior Grand Prix this season, and he won three.  The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th place junior men from last year will be competing.  The 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, and 11th place novice finishers are moving up to compete at this event.  The short program will be held on  Monday, January 1st with the free skate on Wednesday, January 3rd.

What will set these men apart both nationally and internationally is a triple axel and a quad.  The required solo jump in the short program this year is a triple lutz.  Because the juniors have a required solo jump, they are more limited in how they structure their programs, but a triple + triple combination, triple axels, and moving jumps to the bonus will definitely increase their technical score in the jumping category.

To be competitive at Junior Worlds, they’ll need to score above 73 points in the short program, 134 points in the free skate and 206 points overall.  It’s difficult to say how many spots on the Junior Worlds team may be up for grabs, as three US men qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final, and two of them are competing in seniors.

Camden Pulkinen won a gold and silver medal on the Junior Grand Prix to qualify for the JGP Final where he won silver.  He has the 6th best total score internationally.  He’s also the only competitor in this field that has cleared 200 points this season.  His short program includes a triple axel, triple flip + triple toe, and a triple lutz in the bonus.  At JGP Austria, he fell on the combination and had a time violation, but still earned program components in the mid 6s.  His free skate has a triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow, triple flip + triple toe, triple axel + double toe, and another solo triple axel.  He had a time violation at JGP Austria.  He earned Level 4 on two of his spins and had program components in the mid 6s.  At JGP Poland, he fell on the combination in his short program and had program components in the mid to high 6s.  His free skate at that event was mostly clean with only a tiny negative GOE on a popped loop and a doubled flip in a combination.  He netted over 5 points from GOEs and had program components in the mid  to low 7s.  At the JGP Final, he doubled his combination.  He did earn a Level 4 on one of his spins, however, for the first time all season.  His program components were in the high 6 to low 7s.  He had a great free skate at the Final, with only a doubled flip as an error.  He received all positive GOEs, except for a slight negative on his triple loop, and earned 7 points overall.  He received Level 4 on all of his spins for the first time all season and had program components in the high 6s to low 7s.

Alex Wellman set the top score in qualifying, some 13 points better than the next closest competitor.  His short program includes a triple flip + double toe, double axel, and a triple lutz in the bonus.  He earned Level 4 on one spin and had program components in the mid 6s.  His free skate includes a triple lutz combination (singled at sectionals), triple flip + double toe, and a triple toe + double axel sequence.  He fell on a triple flip near the end of his program. He earned Level 4 on two spins and had program components in the mid 6s.

Ryan Dunk does not have any top 10 scores nationally, but he had better scores at his international outing at JGP Austria.  He has a double axel, triple loop + triple loop (under-rotated), and triple lutz in his short program.  Both the combination and the solo jump are in the bonus.  He earned Level 4 on two of his spins and had program components in the mid to high 5s.  His free skate only had one successful combination jump, but he did earn Level 4 on all of his spins and had program components in the mid 5s to low 6s.  At Sectionals, he went for a triple loop + double loop combination and earned Level 4 on two of his spins.  His program components were in the low to mid 5s.  He added a triple axel attempt to his free skate at sectionals, but he fell and it was under-rotated.  He also fell on a double axel at the end of his program.  He earned Level 4 on one spin and had program components in the mid 5s.

Maxim Naumov has the third best total score from qualifying.  At JGP Latvia he attempted the triple axel but fell.  He also fell on his combination jump and received no credit for the second jump.  He earned Level 4 on one spin and had program components in the mid 5s to low 6s.  He again fell on the triple axel in his free skate and it was under-rotated, netting him only 1.90 points for the jump.  He did land a triple flip + double toe and a triple lutz + double toe + double loop.  He under-rotated a solo loop and fell and also fell on his solo flip in addition to receiving an edge call.  He earned Level 4 for two of his spins but lost 7 points in base value after GOEs were taken into effect.  His program components were in the mid 5s to low 6s.  At Sectionals, he fell on the triple axel in his short program and received an edge call on his flip.  He received Level 4 on all of his spins and had program components in the high 5s to mid 6s.  He fell on his triple axel and received an edge call on his triple flip combination in the free skate and missed points on a combination after repeating too many double toes.  He received Level 4 on all of his spins and had program components in the mid 5s to low 6s.

Paul Yeung has the 2nd best total score from qualifying, but it was set at regionals.  His short program includes a double axel, triple flip + triple toe, and a triple lutz in the bonus.  He earned Level 4 on two of his spins at regionals and had program components in the mid 5s to low 6s.  His free skate has a triple lutz + double toe, triple flip + double toe, and double axel + double toe + double loop.  His program components were in the mid to high 5s.

Dinh Tran only has a top short program score from qualifying, but had better scores at JGP Poland.  His short program includes a triple flip + triple toe, triple lutz, and a double axel in the bonus.  He only earned a very slight negative GOE on his lutz and earned Level 4 on one of his spins.  His program components were in the mid to high 5s.  His free skate included a downgraded triple flip + triple toe attempt, triple lutz + double toe, and a double axel + single loop + double salchow.  He doubled a solo loop as well.  He received Level 4 on two of his spins and had program components in the mid to high 5s.  At sectionals, he earned Level 4 on two of his spins in the short program and had program components in the mid 5s to mid 6s.  His free skate included a fall on an under-rotated triple + triple combination, and an invalid sequence.  He received Level 4 on two spins and had very low program components, in the mid 4s to mid 5s.

The triple axel is a huge competitive advantage as this particular event.  Camden Pulkinen has three planned and his total jump base value for both programs is 83.05 points.  The next highest base value is Maxim Naumov with 71.90 points thanks to two triple axels.  The rest of the field do not have triple axels, and have technical values over 5 points less than Naumov.

Triple axels can do more harm than good if they are not landed, however.  A triple axel is worth 8.50 points.  However, a fall costs a skater 3.00 points in GOE plus a point for the fall, making it worth only 4.50 points.  An under-rotated triple axel is worth 5.90 points in base value before GOEs are taken into effect.  For example, Naumov fell on an under-rotated triple axel attempt at JGP Latvia and netted only 1.90 points, nearly the same value as a -3 GOE double axel.  In contrast, a double axel has a base value of 3.30 points and can be worth up to 4.80 points with +3 GOEs.  It still might be worth the risk, as a +3 GOE is not the easiest to achieve, but it depends on how the jump effects the rest of the program.

Another big differentiator in the short program is the combination jump.  A triple flip + triple toe is worth 9.60 points, while a triple + double is worth only 6.60 points.  Of the top competitors, only Pulkinen, Tran, and Naumov have attempted the triple + triple.  However, Pulkinen has not landed the combination jump cleanly all season, so his is losing points on this element compared to his base value, bringing it more closely in line to some of the other competitors.

In the free skate, Pulkinen has the most difficult content with two triple + triple combinations.  Dinh Tran is the only other one to have one in his free skate.

Levels and program components will also be important in determining who takes home a medal from this event.  For all of his jump advantages, Pulkinen has been missing his Levels, only scoring one Level 4 element in his short program all season.  None of the top men at this event are consistently hitting Level 4 on everything, and those points could make the difference, especially as many of the jumps have also been inconsistent.  Internationally, Pulkinen has been scoring in the 7s for his program components, and will likely see higher program components nationally.  No one else has hit the 7s yet, and that is where they will need to be if they want to keep pace.

With his huge advantage, Pulkinen has room to make mistakes and still take home the title.  He has a good shot at winning a Junior Worlds medal this year, so this event will likely be more about tweaking his programs and making sure everything is fine tuned for that event.

My podium predictions:

Gold: Camden Pulkinen

Silver: Alex Wellman

Bronze: Maxim Naumov

Pewter: Ryan Dunk

 

Bios of the competitors:

Ryan Dunk: He is 17 years old and represents the Baltimore Skating Club.  He placed 9th at JGP Austria.  He is the reigning Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 5th in novice in 2016, is the 2015 Intermediate Men’s Pewter Medalist and finished 11th in juvenile in 2014.  He won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best short program, 8th best free skate, and 7th best total scores from qualifying.

Luke Ferrante: He represents the Skating Club of Huntsville.  He finished 10th in intermediate in 2015, 5th in juvenile in 2014, and 10th in juvenile in 2013.  He won bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Patrick Frohling: He represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He finished 8th as a junior last season and 11th in intermediate in 2014.  He won silver at Southwest Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 3rd best free skate and 5th best total scores from qualifying.

Peter Liu: He is 17 years old and represents the Skating Club of Wilmington.  He placed 7th in juniors last season, is the 2016 Novice Silver Medalist, finished 6th as a novice in 2015, and is the 2014 Intermediate Pewter Medalist.  He won pewter at South Atlantic Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 6th best free skate and 10th best total scores from qualifying.

Tony Lu: He represents the North Jersey Figure Skating Club.  He finished 6th in juniors in 2016, 7th in juniors in 2014, 9th in novice in 2013, and 10th in novice in 2012.  He won pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Sasha Lunin: He is 17 years old and represents the Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club.  He placed 5th in juniors last season 7th in novice in 2016, and is the 2013 Juvenile Bronze Medalist.  He won silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 9th best short program, 9th best free skate, and 9th best total scores from qualifying.

Maxim Naumov: He is 16 years old and represents the Charter Oak Figure Skating Club.  He placed 8th at JGP Latvia.  He is the reigning Novice Champion, 2016 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 5th in intermediate in 2014, is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Champion, and finished 7th in juvenile in 2012.  He won gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 5th best short program, 5th best free skate, and 3rd best total scores from qualifying.

Camden Pulkinen: He is 17 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He won gold at JGP Austria and silver at JGP Poland to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he won silver.  He is the reigning Junior Silver Medalist, finished 11th in juniors in 2016, 5th in juvenile in 2013 and 16th in juvenile in 2012.  He has the 5th best free skate and 6th best total scores internationally.

Dinh Tran: He is 16 years old and represents the Skating Club of San Francisco.  He placed 12th at JGP Poland.  He is the reigning Novice Bronze Medalist, 2015 Intermediate Silver Medalist, finished 6th in intermediate in 2014, and is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Pewter Medalist.  He won bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 3rd best short program score from qualifying.

Alex Wellman: He is 17 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He finished 11th in novice last season, is the 2016 Intermediate Silver Medalist and finished 10th in juvenile in 2014.  He won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the best short program, best free skate, and best total scores from qualifying.

Kendrick Weston: He is 17 years old and represents Salt Lake Figure Skating.  He is the 2015 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 7th in intermediate in 2014, is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Silver Medalist and finished 8th in juvenile in 2012.  He won gold at Central Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 8th best short program, 2nd best free skate, and 8th best total scores from qualifying.

Justin Wichmann: He is the 2014 Intermediate Bronze Medalist.  He won pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Paul Yeung: He is 18 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He finished 6th as a novice last season, 10th as a novice in 2016, 9th as an intermediate in 2015 and is the 2014 Juvenile Boys Silver Medalist.  He won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 2nd best short program, 4th best free skate, and 2nd best total scores from qualifying.

2017 JGP Latvia Men’s Preview

This is the third stop on the Junior Grand Prix circuit and it looks to be a tough competition with some competitors out for the second time this season, while others are making their season debut.

Roman Savosin took home the silver medal from JGP Australia, however his score was lower than any score he set last season.  His short program includes only one jump in the bonus, and he received mostly neutral grades of execution.  While he stood up on all the jumps in his free skate, he had two under-rotated jumps and one downgraded jump, with five of the jumps receiving negative grades of execution.  He also does not currently include a triple axel in his free skate.  That being said, he has a quad toe, quad salchow and quad toe in combination.  He completed the quad toe combination cleanly and received slightly positive grades of execution.  He by far attempted the most difficult content in Australia, and there are both risks and payoffs to such an ambitious program.  He has never not finished on the medal podium at a Junior Grand Prix event.  He can qualify for the Final with a gold medal, while any other color would put him in a good spot, while he awaits the rest of the skaters to complete their events.

Yuto Kishina placed 5th in Australia, where he set new personal bests, and had his best finish ever on the Junior Grand Prix.  He did not go for the triple axel in the short program, and had it downgraded in his free skate, so this jump is still a work in progress for him.  Despite that, he only finished 4 points behind Savosin in the technical score in Australia, largely due to positive grades of execution on his elements and higher spin levels.

Matyas Belohradsky won his first Junior Grand Prix medal, a bronze, last season in Russia.  He scored over 20 points better at that event then he had a few weeks prior.  He didn’t have a chance to compete in any other major events last season, but the rest of his B events were somewhere in between the two marks.

Mitsuki Sumoto also took home his first Junior Grand Prix medal, a bronze, last season.  Unlike Belohradsky, his scores were mostly consistent, with only a two point improvement between events.

Ivan Pavlov did not medal on the Junior Grand Prix last season.  This will be his sixth season competing, however he has only won one medal, back in 2015.  He does have a personal best score over 200, but that was set at a senior level event.

Tomoki Hiwatshi is the 2016 World Junior Bronze Medalist, where he set a personal best score over 220 points, by far the best in this field.  However, he could not replicate that success last season.  He finished 6th at JGP France, 40 points below his personal best, and was not assigned to a second event.  He finished a distant 15th at US Nationals as a senior.  His World Junior performance is the one and only time he’s scored over the 200 point mark and this season will likely indicate if that was simply a once in a lifetime performance, or if he can become that skater again.

Maxim Naumov is making his Junior Grand Prix debut after winning the US Novice title last season.  He started off his season with a silver medal at the Philadelphia Summer International.  His parents and coaches are former World Pairs Champions.

Makar Ignatov is making his Junior Grand Prix debut but he has the real potential to be a serious dark horse at this event.  He won a bronze medal in the senior division at Cup of Nice, a B event, last season in his international debut.  He flirted with the 200 point mark which would have gotten him on the podium at each of the last two events.  However, he finished just 4th as a junior at Russian nationals.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Roman Savosin

Silver: Mitsuki Sumoto

Bronze: Ivan Pavlov

 

Bios of the competitors:

Darian Kaptich, AUS: He placed 11th at JGP Australia.  His personal best is 139.23.  He is 15 years old.

Yakau Zenko, BLR: He finished 33rd at Junior Worlds.  His personal best is 176.89.  He is 17 years old.

Alexander Zlatkov, BUL: He withdrew from JGP Russia last season.  He is 16 years old.

Corey Circelli, CAN: This is his international debut.  He is 14 years old.

Matyas Belohradsky, CZE: He placed 9th at JGP Czech Republic and won bronze at JGP Russia last season.  His personal best is 192.60.  He is 16 years old.

Mihhail Selevko, EST: He placed 24th at JGP Estonia last season.  His personal best is 128.58.  He is 14 years old.

Maxence Collet, FRA: This is his JGP debut.  He is 17 years old.

Isaak Droysen, GER: This is his JGP debut.  He is 17 years old.

Josh Brown, GBR: He placed 20th at JGP Slovenia and 18th at JGP Germany last season.  His personal best is 157.16.  He is 17 years old.

Alexander Borovoj, HUN: He placed 27th at Europeans and 40th at Junior Worlds.  His personal best is 115.88.  He is 18 years old.

Samuel McAllister, IRL: He placed 23rd at JGP Czech Republic and 26th at JGP Estonia.  His personal best is 106.39.  He is 18 years old.

Yuto Kishina, JPN: He placed 5th at JGP Australia.  His personal best is 182.48.  He is 15 years old.

Mitsuki Sumoto, JPN: He placed 5th at JGP Czech Republic and won bronze at JGP Germany last season.  His personal best is 195.74.  He is 16 years old.

Nikita Manko, KAZ: This is his JGP debut.

Kims Georgs Pavlovs, LAT: This is his international debut.  He is 14 years old.

Daniels Rosciks, LAT: This is his JGP debut.  He is 17 years old.

Igors Tatarinovs, LAT: This is his JGP debut.  He is 17 years old.

Kai Xiang Chew, MAS: He finished 23rd at Europeans and 42nd at Junior Worlds.  He placed 17th at JGP Japan and 23rd at JGP Germany last season.  His personal best is 138.46.  He is 18 years old.

Jaeseok Kyeong, KOR: This is his JGP debut.  His personal best is 132.13.  He is 16 years old.

Makar Ignatov, RUS: This is his JGP debut.  He is 17 years old.

Roman Savosin, RUS: He won silver at JGP Australia.  His personal best is 222.37.  He is 17 years old.

Evan Wrensch, RSA: This is his international debut.  He is 17 years old.

Nikolaj Majorov, SWE: He finished 31st at Junior Worlds.  He placed 10th at JGP Estonia last season.  His personal best is 163.31.  He is 17 years old.

Ivan Pavlov, UKR: He placed 25th at Worlds and 14th at Europeans.  He finished 4th at JGP Czech Republic and 7th at JGP Slovenia last season.  His personal best is 202.87.  He is 18 years old.

Tomoki Hiwatshi, USA: He finished 6th at JGP France last season.  He is the 2016 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  His personal best is 222.52.  He is 17 years old.

Maxim Naumov, USA: This is his JGP debut.  He is 16 years old.

2017 US Nationals Novice Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 7 Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 1 55.82 1 122.03 177.85
2 12 Joseph Kang, University of Delaware FSC 2 52.04 2 114.55 166.59
3 10 Dinh Tran, SC of San Francisco 3 51.98 6 97.43 149.41
4 11 Joonsoo Kim, DuPage FSC 5 47.60 4 100.35 147.95
5 9 Lucas Altieri, Panthers FSC 6 47.50 5 98.76 146.26
6 3 Paul Yeung, All Year FSC 9 43.77 3 100.61 144.38
7 8 Jordan Evans, University of Delaware FSC 4 48.35 9 91.03 139.38
8 5 Patrick Frohling, All Year FSC 12 42.28 7 93.48 135.76
9 6 Jonathan Yang, St. Paul FSC 11 42.81 8 92.81 135.62
10 4 Alan Wong, Dallas FSC 10 43.15 10 85.88 129.03
11 1 Alex Wellman, Central Illinois FSC 7 47.36 12 79.88 127.24
12 2 Max Wang, Glacier Falls FSC 8 44.53 11 80.08 124.61

2017 US Nationals Novice Men’s Preview

As a group, they have won 10 nationals medals.  Every single competitor here has qualified for nationals at least once previously.  The 3rd and 10th place finishers from last year’s novice event are returning and the 1st-6th place intermediate finishers will also be competing here.  The short program will be held on Monday, January 16th with the free skate on Tuesday, January 17th .

Novice skaters receive a bonus for completing different varieties of triple jumps as well as triple + triple combinations.  Missing those triples can be costly as they not only lose the base value but also the one point bonus.  There also will be a clear gap between those that can complete a full arsenal of triples and those that cannot, as the one point bonus pushes the scores even higher.

Joseph Kang comes into this event with the 3rd best total score, but it was set at regionals.  He was the most consistent skater, however, setting the 3rd and 5th best scores overall with only 6 points separating his two performances.  If you take his best short program and his best free skate into consideration, he has the potential to score even higher.  He is the reigning Intermediate Champion and has medaled at each of his last two nationals.  His free skate features a triple lutz + double toe, triple toe, triple salchow, triple loop, triple lutz (doubled at sectionals), triple loop + double toe (singled) + double loop and a double axel + double axel sequence giving him a base value on his jumps of 45.91.  He earned Level 4 on two spins at sectionals, but only a Level 2 on his step sequence.  He earned 4 points from GOE and his program components were decent ranging from 4.90-5.15.

Maxim Naumov has the best total score, also set at regionals.  His sectionals performance showed some cracks in the armor, as he scored over 30 points less than the mark he set earlier in the season.  He won bronze at this event last year, and should be the favorite with the highest score entering the competition and the highest ranked competitor returning from last year.  His free skate has a triple lutz + double toe, triple flip + single loop + double salchow (edge call on the flip and did not complete the last two jumps at sectionals), double axel, triple loop (doubled), triple lutz (under-rotated), triple toe + double toe, and triple salchow giving him a base value of 45.00 on jumps.  Two of his spins earned Level 3 as did his steps.  At sectionals he lost around .75 points from GOE and his program components ranged from 4.50-4.95.  With a cleaner jumping performance, those are likely to go much higher.

Paul Yeung has the second best total score, scoring 38 points better at sectionals than he did at regionals.  He finished just 10th at this event last year, and has made great strides in his capabilities, putting him in contention for the podium this season.  His jump layout includes a double axel, triple lutz + double toe, triple flip + triple toe, triple salchow, triple flip, double axel + single loop + double toe and triple lutz, giving him a base jumping value of 47.74.  He earned Level 3 on all of his spins but only a Level 1 on the step sequence.  He did not earn or lose any points from GOE and his program components were very good for this group, ranging from 5.25-5.63.  He is performing double duty at this event, as he is also competing in intermediate pairs.

Jonathan Yang has the 4th best total score, set at regionals.  He scored 13 points less at sectionals.  He just missed the podium last season as an intermediate, but finds himself in the mix this season at the next level up.  His free skate jump layout includes a triple lutz, triple toe + double toe, triple salchow (under-rotated at sectionals), triple toe + double toe, double axel + double loop, double lutz and double axel.  His base jumping value is significantly lower at only 36.71.  He earned a Level 4 and Level 3 on two of his spins and Level 3 on his steps.  His GOE at sectionals cost him 1.5 points and his program components ranged from 4.80-5.45.

Dinh Tran has the 5th best total score but only competed at sectionals.  His free skate layout includes a triple lutz + triple toe (singled at sectionals), triple flip, double axel, triple lutz, triple toe, triple flip + double toe, and a triple salchow + single loop + double salchow.  He is attempting the most difficult jumping pass at this event and his base jumping value reflects this at 47.51.  He earned Level 4 and Level 3 on two of his spins and Level 3 on his steps.  His GOE was a wash and his program components ranged from 4.44-5.13.

Lucas Alieri has the 6th best total score, set at regionals.  He scored about 7 points less at sectionals.  He has the most difficult content planned with a triple lutz, triple salchow + triple toe, triple flip (under-rotated at sectionals), double axel, triple loop + double toe (singled) + double loop, double axel + triple toe (downgraded), and a triple salchow.  His base jumping value adds up to a whopping 51.67, giving him a 4 point advantage over the rest of the field if he skates cleanly.  However, at sectionals he lost 5 points from GOE in addition to his jump errors and his program components were fairly low, ranging from 4.00-4.50.  He also got dinged with a Level 1 spin and Level 2 steps.  He won a pewter medal as an Intermediate last season and definitely could wind up on the podium again this year but I think he might need another year to put the whole package together.

Several other competitors are within a few points of each other but the podium might be too much of a stretch for them without perfectly clean programs and a little help.  Joonsoo Kim has the 9th best total score, set at regionals, but he was fairly consistent, scoring within 2 points at his two events.  Alex Wellman has the 10th best total score, scoring 6 points better at sectionals than at regionals.  Patrick Frohling has the 7th best total score.

Many novice events have a surprise outcome as skaters either under or over perform their qualifying events based on a variety of factors: growth spurts, nerves, performing at the “big” nationals for the first time can all effect these competitors in a variety of ways.  But ultimately it will come down to who can hit the triple jumps and earn the one point bonuses on the day of the competition.  They’ll also want to see their Levels at least in the 3 range and program components 5 or higher.  The jump bonus will not help unless they can land their jumps cleanly, as negative GOEs can negate any bonuses they are earning.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Maxim Naumov

Silver: Joseph Kang

Bronze: Paul Yeung

Pewter: Dinh Tran

 

Bios of the competitors:

Lucas Altieri: He is 15 years old and represents the Panthers Figure Skating Club.  He is the reigning Intermediate Pewter Medalist.  He won silver at South Atlantic Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 8th best short program, 8th best free skate and 6th best total scores.

Jordan Evans: He is 15 years old and represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.  He is the reigning Intermediate Bronze Medalist, finished 11th in intermediate in 2015 and 9th in juvenile in 2014.  He won bronze at South Atlantic Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Patrick Frohling: He represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He finished 11th in intermediate in 2014.  He won pewter at Southwest Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Joseph Kang: He is 13 years old and represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.  He is the reigning Intermediate Champion and the 2015 Juvenile Bronze Medalist.  He won gold at South Atlantic Regionals and gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best short program, 2nd best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Joonsoo Kim: He is 16 years old and represents the DuPage Figure Skating Club.  He finished 6th in juvenile in 2014.  He won silver at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 5th best free skate and 9th best total scores.

Maxim Naumov: He is 15 years old and represents the Charter Oak Figure Skating Club.  He is the reigning Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 5th in intermediate in 2014, is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Champion, and finished 7th in juvenile in 2012.  He won gold at New England Regionals and silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 2nd best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Dinh Tran: He is 15 years old and represents the Skating Club of San Francisco.  He is the 2015 Intermediate Silver Medalist, finished 6th in intermediate in 2014, and is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Pewter Medalist.  He won silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 6th best free skate and 5th best total scores.

Max Wang: He represents the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club.  He finished 6th in intermediate last season and 6th in intermediate in 2015.  He won bronze at Southwest Pacific Regionals and pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 4th best short program score.

Alex Wellman: He is 16 years old and represents the Central Illinois Figure Skating Club.  He is the reigning Intermediate Silver Medalist and finished 10th in juvenile in 2014.  He won bronze at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 6th best short program, 10th best free skate and 10th best total scores.

Alan Wong: He placed 5th at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Jonathan Yang: He is 15 and represents the St. Paul Figure Skating Club.  He finished 5th in intermediate last season.  He won gold at Upper Great Lakes regionals and silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 3rd best short program, 4th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Paul Yeung: He is 17 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He finished 10th as a novice last season, 9th as an intermediate in 2015 and is the 2014 Juvenile Boys Silver Medalist.  He won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the best short program, 3rd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.

2017 Eastern Sectionals Novice Men’s Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Joseph Kang, University of Delaware FSC 2 50.58 1 102.42 153.00
2 9 Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 1 51.72 3 87.17 138.89
3 7 Lucas Altieri, Panthers FSC 3 48.41 2 88.39 136.80
4 10 Jordan Evans, University of Delaware FSC 5 44.40 4 76.96 121.36
5 8 Eric Prober, Panthers FSC 4 46.22 5 74.83 121.05
6 3 Ryan VanDoren, Colonial FSC 7 40.24 7 70.26 110.50
7 4 David Shapiro, SC of Wilmington 8 33.93 6 72.70 106.63
8 11 Nick Hubbart, Southwest Florida FSC 6 40.53 8 62.76 103.29
9 1 Dylan Varghese, Washington FSC 9 32.71 9 56.33 89.04
10 2 Brendt Wang, Colonial FSC 12 25.68 10 54.91 80.59
11 5 Franz-Peter Jerosch, Colonial FSC 10 29.87 11 50.20 80.07
12 6 Nathaniel Dennler, Colonial FSC 11 29.77 12 49.50 79.27

2017 New England Regional Results

Juvenile Girls

Place Start Name Score
1 22 Elizabeth Song, Finer Edge FSC 56.24
2 24 Julia Kierul, Colonial FSC 53.21
3 25 Cathryn Limketkai, SC of Boston 52.32
4 20 Joyce Gong, Colonial FSC 51.11
5 13 Katie Turcotte, Finer Edge FSC 46.30
6 19 Antonia Gamberoni, Nantucket SC 46.06
7 10 Chloe Zhang, Colonial FSC 45.85
8 21 Genella Evans, Charter Oak FSC 44.79
9 26 Katherine Keating, SC of Boston 43.89
10 6 Ashley Meadows, Colonial FSC 43.69
11 28 Richelle Chang, SC of Boston 43.43
12 4 Jade Hom, Colonial FSC 42.25
13 23 Caroline Andersen, North Star FSC 41.76
14 17 Juliana Bent, Pilgrim SC 41.60
15 27 Brie Dwyer, Colonial FSC 40.97
16 2 Rachel Zhang, Charter Oak FSC 40.31
17 12 Julia Trzeciak, Connecticut SA At Newington 40.25
18 5 Taylor Ferguson, Warwick Figure Skaters 40.11
19 3 Mariapia Asca, Finer Edge FSC 39.40
20 7 Cate Fleming, SC of Boston 37.37
21 18 Laura Molloy, Smithfield FSC 36.87
22 1 Hailey Blodgett, Charter Oak FSC 35.06
23 16 Alina Hetling, Colonial FSC 34.14
24 9 Madeline Zhao, Wilmington FSC 34.01
25 14 Sydney Tran, Colonial FSC 33.55
26 8 Nora Moss, Yarmouth Ice Club 33.33
27 15 Gretchen Irwin, Connecticut SA At Newington 32.05
28 11 Jasmine Sun, Colonial FSC 31.09

Intermediate Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 16 Emilia Murdock, SC of Boston 2 40.14 1 79.05 119.19
2 20 Maddie Weiler, SC of Boston 1 43.03 2 66.98 110.01
3 19 Mauryn Tyack, Silver Streaks SC 3 33.29 3 60.97 94.26
4 18 Julia Curran, SC of Boston 4 32.72 4 58.88 91.60
5 17 Arianna Concepcion, Colonial FSC 5 30.46 5 58.02 88.48
6 11 Annabelle Rie, SC of Boston 6 29.84 6 53.67 83.51
7 12 Delaney Shaw, SC of Boston 7 29.33 7 51.78 81.11
8 13 Saphie Niane, Colonial FSC 10 28.70 8 51.74 80.44
9 14 Danielle D’Amours, Charter Oak FSC 8 29.29 9 50.61 79.90
10 15 Tiffany Lu, Colonial FSC 9 29.08 12 48.03 77.11
11 7 Aleah Spivey, Colonial FSC 12 27.25 10 49.42 76.67
12 10 Nichole Alejandro, Finer Edge FSC 15 26.40 11 48.70 75.10
13 9 Mackenzie Baird, Charter Oak FSC 13 27.16 14 46.30 73.46
14 8 Caroline Ferguson, Warwick Figure Skaters 11 27.82 16 45.03 72.85
15 2 Leah Currie, Warwick Figure Skaters 16 25.73 15 45.19 70.92
16 1 Sara Celanovic, SC of Boston 18 21.14 13 47.14 68.28
17 6 Caroline Odinet, Charter Oak FSC 14 26.71 19 38.91 65.62
18 5 Sophie Jeffery, Colonial FSC 17 24.12 18 40.35 64.47
19 3 Paige Felton, Colonial FSC 20 19.62 17 43.14 62.76
20 4 Alana Plociak, Smithfield FSC 19 20.31 20 29.51 49.82

Novice Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 11 Iris Zhao, Colonial FSC 1 46.57 1 76.15 122.72
2 9 Analise Gonzalez, SC of Boston 3 38.84 2 69.86 108.70
3 10 Kassandra Carpentier, Colonial FSC 2 39.43 3 68.32 107.75
4 8 Brooke Barrett, SC of Boston 5 35.29 4 64.79 100.08
5 12 Liza Hayes, SC of Boston 4 36.18 6 61.47 97.65
6 2 Jamiesen Cyr, Colonial FSC 8 32.45 5 64.43 96.88
7 5 Lily Rauh, Colonial FSC 7 34.92 7 60.50 95.42
8 7 Sydney Cooke, Colonial FSC 6 35.26 8 59.97 95.23
9 3 Caroline Depietri, SC of Boston 11 31.12 9 57.21 88.33
10 1 Tori Rotella, SC of Boston 10 31.45 10 53.49 84.94
11 6 Olivia Kierul, Colonial FSC 9 32.08 11 49.71 81.79
12 4 Ellie Beriau, SC of Boston 12 24.19 12 47.49 71.68

Junior Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 13 Emmy Ma, SC of Boston 1 56.72 1 96.73 153.45
2 11 Gabriella Izzo, SC of Boston 2 49.96 2 89.86 139.82
3 10 Dayoon Chang, SC of Boston 3 46.39 3 76.54 122.93
4 9 Marietta Atkins, SC of Boston 4 37.03 4 69.27 106.30
5 12 Brittany Lee, Boston University 5 36.23 5 65.31 101.54
6 6 Paulina Pawlak, Connecticut SA At Newington 8 33.08 6 63.01 96.09
7 8 Kaitlin D’Agostino, Colonial FSC 6 33.86 7 57.25 91.11
8 7 Lauren Watson, Connecticut SA At Newington 7 33.18 8 55.42 88.60
9 3 Isabelle Driscoll, Commonwealth FSC 10 29.73 9 54.91 84.64
10 5 Lucy Gund, Colonial FSC 9 30.31 10 51.91 82.22
11 4 Kayla McCarthy, Colonial FSC 11 29.37 12 48.98 78.35
12 2 Julia Meltzer Fennell, Connecticut SA At Newington 12 28.52 11 49.54 78.06
13 1 Carolyn Carlisle, SC of Boston 13 26.15 13 42.50 68.65
WD Kayla Tashjian, SC of Boston
WD Jin Baseman, SC of Boston

Senior Ladies

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 9 Rebecca Peng, SC of Boston 2 53.39 1 93.14 146.53
2 13 Heidi Munger, SC of Boston 1 55.73 3 74.37 130.10
3 11 Kirstyn Nanista, SC of Southern Connecticut 4 34.26 2 76.28 110.54
4 10 Kjerstyn Hall, Boston University 3 35.25 4 65.63 100.88
5 12 Ashley Rooney, Yarmouth Ice Club 5 32.56 5 63.26 95.82
6 5 Jaden Cheng, SC of Boston 7 29.71 6 61.15 90.86
7 6 Liddy Kasraian, Colonial FSC 6 30.29 8 59.83 90.12
8 8 Isabel Peredy, North Atlantic FSC 9 26.01 7 61.10 87.11
9 7 Maya Elizabeth Lee, Yarmouth Ice Club 8 29.62 9 53.44 83.06
10 3 Tessa Peredy, North Atlantic FSC 10 24.52 10 53.30 77.82
11 1 Samantha Abelson, Colonial FSC 11 23.57 11 50.60 74.17
12 4 Alexis Chirban, Colonial FSC 12 22.28 13 38.56 60.84
13 2 Michaela Tobin, Pilgrim SC 13 16.80 12 40.22 57.02
WD Megan Wessenberg, SC of Boston
WD Ginevra Davis, SC of Boston

Juvenile Boys

Place Start Name Score
1 8 William Annis, Yarmouth Ice Club 54.41
2 6 Bryan Lehmann, Yarmouth Ice Club 42.77
3 4 Jonathan Hildebrandt, Yarmouth Ice Club 31.11
4 9 Ramsey Ghanem, SC of Boston 29.52
5 5 Jack Liu, SC of Boston 29.20
6 7 Jessie Phaneuf-Moniz, SC of Boston 29.08
7 1 Anthony Ying, SC of Boston 27.99
8 10 Damian Jarvis, SC of Boston 25.62
9 2 Simon Abbott, North Star FSC 20.47
WD Alexander Bologov, SC of Boston

Intermediate Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 4 Philip Baker, SC of Boston 1 43.53 1 73.58 117.11
2 3 Ryan Siracuse, SC of Boston 2 32.04 2 45.09 77.13
3 1 Jedidiah Isbell, SC of Boston 3 30.90 3 41.26 72.16
4 2 Evan Marnell, Champlain Valley SC 4 20.19 4 28.50 48.69

Novice Men

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 5 Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 1 54.80 1 115.56 170.36
2 6 Ryan VanDoren, Colonial FSC 2 45.13 3 57.58 102.71
3 2 Brendt Wang, Colonial FSC 5 33.30 2 64.99 98.29
4 4 Franz-Peter Jerosch, Colonial FSC 3 34.39 4 54.56 88.95
5 3 Nathaniel Dennler, Colonial FSC 4 33.50 5 49.03 82.53
6 1 Seungil ( Rick) Lee, SC of Boston 6 15.05 6 27.48 42.53

2016 US Nationals Novice Men’s Free Skate

Group 1

Max Lake: 80.51 Total: 122.13 and into 1st place

  • Nice solid opening triple toe
  • Good triple flip
  • Double axel + loop + double flip
  • The opening was a bit of skating between jumps and I’d like to see him work on a few more transitions
  • A little slow on the opening spin
  • Nice sit spin position
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Triple salchow + double toe
  • Hangs on to the salchow
  • He seems to be skating through his music rather than to it and this piece might be a bit too hard for him to interpret
  • He seems a bit too upright in his step sequence and is looking down at the ice
  • Very nice height on the double axel
  • Good camel position into a donut but just a bit slow
  • His jumps are very nice and he has a lot to work with!

Ryan Dunk: 99.43 Total: 140.94 and into 1st place

  • Love his expression, lines and flow across the ice
  • Nice double axel in the air but brings his chest forward on the landing and two foots it
  • Triple toe + double toe with one arm variation
  • Great donut spin position into a catch foot picking up speed
  • Triple flip + double toe seemed a bit tentative but pulled it off
  • Good speed in the twisted camel spin with a nice change of foot
  • Really nice flow through the step sequence but a bit choppy on some of the one foot turns; arms and upper body complements the movement nicely
  • Nice toe point in the triple loop, a bit forward on the landing
  • Triple lutz, hand down and then fall
  • Triple salchow with a gorgeous landing position
  • Triple flip a bit scratchy on the landing
  • He needs a bit more fire and confidence going into the jumps but his skating is so refined and reminds me of an Abbott or Rippon

Paul Yeung: 78.18 Total: 119.05 and into 3rd place

  • Triple salchow a lot forward on the landing but someone hangs on and adds a double toe
  • A bit slow on the first spin
  • Good speed into the triple lutz but the chest was way down on the landing
  • Double axel + double loop
  • He could use more flexibility though his combination spin positions
  • Triple toe step out
  • A bit slow through the step sequence and some of the edge changes can be smoothed out
  • Double lutz + loop + (feed cut out)
  • Good sit spin position with nice speed
  • He also competes in intermediate pairs, so this is his fourth competitive program in three days

Sasha Lunin: 83.25 Total: 127.34 and into 2nd place

  • + loop + triple salchow
  • Triple flip hand down
  • Triple salchow + double toe messy landing
  • Slow and needs more flexibility in the sit spin
  • Hunched forward a bit on the step sequence but I appreciate that he is taking his time and really making the edges clear
  • Popped salchow with a two foot landing
  • Triple loop
  • He has a weird arm position on his jumps where he pulls his one arm and shoulder higher than the other and I think it’s throwing off his air position and ability to land the jumps
  • Double axel hands down + single toe
  • Triple toe chest a little forward but otherwise nice landing
  • Pretty good camel position
  • Poor thing looks really upset and can barely do his ending pose; he put up a great fight though and really went for all of his jumps

Mark Sadusky: 62.41 Total: 103.44 and into 5th place

  • Axel opened up a bit early
  • Triple toe hands down and step out
  • Popped salchow
  • This is not the way he wanted to start his program and you can see the frustration
  • Spread eagle into a double axel with a fall and he has trouble getting up but the fall wasn’t that hard
  • He just doesn’t seem like the same skater at all as yesterday–he was so light and refreshing with great lines and even the performance aspect is not the same today
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Triple salchow + loop + double toe
  • A bit more life coming back into him in this step sequence
  • Double toe + single toe
  • I hope he doesn’t get discouraged by this performance because I so enjoyed him yesterday!

Derek Wagner: 93.37 Total: 128.24 and into 2nd place

  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Good triple flip with nice landing position
  • Triple flip?  Hard to tell on that jump
  • He is skating much better than yesterday and I even feel like his posture has improved a bit
  • Double axel + loop + double salchow
  • Triple toe
  • Not a bad illusion spin into a sit spin but losing speed through the upright catch foot position
  • Double toe a bit hesitant on the landing
  • Spread eagle into a double axel
  • Good twisted sit spin position

 

Group 2

William Hubbart: 92.07 Total: 139.53 and into 2nd place

  • He qualified for novice pairs as well but had to withdraw due to his sister’s injury
  • Triple flip + triple toe nicely done
  • Triple loop flip out
  • Triple lutz right on the music
  • A tad bit stiff through the upper body in the step sequence but I like the content and the effort to work with the music
  • Nice low sit spin position through the changes of position with good speed throughout
  • Triple flip hand down
  • Triple toe turnout double toe
  • Spread eagle into a double axel + double toe
  • Double axel
  • He doesn’t have the best landings with a lot of them slightly forward on the toe pick, but he’s standing up on all of these jumps

Maxim Naumov: 95.36 Total: 148.73 and into 1st place

  • Hard fall on his opening triple lutz
  • Triple loop a little down on one side on the landing but hangs on
  • Triple salchow + double toe + loop
  • Losing his centering and having a hard time hanging on to his first spin
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Triple salchow
  • Great camel spin position with nice speed into the upright y spin
  • He’s lacking the personality from his short program but I think this is just a very different type of music that is a bit more difficult to relate to
  • Nice triple toe
  • Losing a bit of speed through the footwork
  • Nice double axel + double axel sequence
  • Good speed through the sit spin

Ryan Van Doren: 69.01 Total: 113.13 and into 8th place

  • The feed got choppy and I missed the opening jumps
  • Triple toe + single toe
  • Now the feed is out entirely 🙁

Jun-Hong Chen: 80.48 Total: 126.64 and into 6th place

  • Feed out for entire program

Peter Liu

  • There was an ice resurfacing which delayed the last two skates.  I won’t be able to watch but will post scores later this evening.

Eric Sjoberg

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Eric Sjoberg, Los Angeles FSC 1 54.53 1 117.15 171.68
2 11 Peter Liu, SC of Wilmington 3 52.23 2 99.67 151.90
3 8 Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 2 53.37 4 95.36 148.73
4 2 Ryan Dunk, Baltimore FSC 9 41.51 3 99.43 140.94
5 7 William Hubbart, Fort Wayne ISC 4 47.46 6 92.07 139.53
6 6 Derek Wagner, Northern Ice SC 12 34.87 5 93.37 128.24
7 4 Sasha Lunin, Fort Wayne ISC 7 44.09 7 83.25 127.34
8 10 Jun-Hong Chen, Broadmoor SC 5 46.16 9 80.48 126.64
9 1 Max Lake, La Jolla FSC 8 41.62 8 80.51 122.13
10 3 Paul Yeung, All Year FSC 11 40.87 10 78.18 119.05
11 9 Ryan VanDoren, Colonial FSC 6 44.12 11 69.01 113.13
12 5 Mark Sadusky, St. Moritz ISC 10 41.03 12 62.41 103.44

2016 US Nationals Novice Men’s Short Program

Group 1

Maxim Naumov: 53.37

  • Love the edge quality and the movement in his skating at the top of the program
  • Triple lutz
  • Nice triple salchow + double toe
  • Good camel spin position into a nice twisted sit spin with good speed throughout
  • Good double axel
  • I love his posture and carriage–very mature style for a novice
  • Nice speed through the final sit spin
  • Very solid and enjoyable program

Ryan Dunk: 41.51 and into 2nd place

  • Poppped lutz + double toe
  • Triple loop a bit forward on the toe pick on the landing but hangs on
  • Nice catch foot camel position but he could be a tad bit lower in his sit spin positions
  • Good double axel right on a musical accent
  • A bit slow though the footwork, not matching the music and not showing the intensity of this Spanish flair
  • Good speed in the camel spin with a nice change foot

Derek Wagner: 34.87 and into 3rd place

  • Triple flip hand down + double toe
  • Good camel spin but a little more flexibility would help with the catch foot
  • Nice spread eagle into a double axel
  • Illusion into a twisted sit spin and broken leg sit spin
  • The feed was so choppy for his program, it was hard to get any real impressions on his skating
  • His shoulders seem a bit hunched forward in places during the step sequence; he is so tall with long legs that if he stood up a bit more straight, he’d have so much more impact on the ice

Paul Yeung: 40.87 and into 3rd place

  • High triple flip and he can’t quite control the landing and has to step out
  • A bit slow in the sit spin
  • Triple lutz fall
  • He seems a bit stiff in his upper body throughout the step sequence
  • He needs more stretch through both legs in his upright spin, but he has nice sit spin positions
  • Finished just a hair behind his music

Ryan VanDoren: 44.12 and into 2nd place

  • Triple salchow two footed + double toe
  • Nice speed into the double axel
  • Good flexibility in his camel spin positions and nice low sit spin, but could have more stretch through his free leg
  • Nice musicality and flowing quality through his step sequence, but I’d like to see him look up and connect with the audience more
  • Good speed in his broken leg sit spin but losing speed after the change of foot

Max Lake: 41.62 and into 3rd place

  • He seems to be marking a bit though the step sequence and not fully committing–he could stretch more through his arms and legs to really finish off the lines
  • Triple flip two footed on the landing
  • Good broken leg sit spin but losing speed a little bit after the flying change of position
  • Nice double axel out of steps
  • Good camel spin position with a nice donut position
  • Spins just seem a tad bit slow and finished just a beat after his music

 

Group 2

Mark Sadusky: 41.03 and into 5th place

  • Triple toe + double toe step out
  • I love his commitment to the character and choreography
  • Pretty good camel spin position, but a little trouble staying centered after the change of foot
  • Great height on the double axel but a little trouble controlling the landing
  • He has a lot of promise and things going for him, but I think a little more speed throughout will really help him solidify his programs

Eric Sjoberg: 54.53 and into 1st place

  • Nice smooth opening footwork into a double axel
  • I love how easy all of the edges and steps look
  • Nice twisted sit spin position with good speed
  • Loving the cool guy vibe in the step sequence, but it could have a bit more pop in places to correspond with some of the musical accents
  • Triple lutz + triple toe looks so easy
  • Triple flip very solid landing
  • Nice camel spin position with good extension on the catch foot
  • By far one of the most technically difficult programs in this event and he made it look super easy

Peter Liu: 52.23 and into 3rd place

  • Really solid triple toe with a nice ride out and gorgeous landing position
  • This music and costume really reminds me of Yuzuru Hanyu and he’s even going for some of the choreographic style
  • Nice double axel landing
  • Cool choreography in the step sequence and very smooth throughout but could use a bit more power in places
  • Good sit spin positions

Sasha Lunin: 44.09 and into 5th place

  • Triple lutz + double toe a bit off in the air but he hangs on to the landing
  • Popped loop
  • Good speed and position in the camel spin with a good catch foot into a broken leg sit spin
  • Nice double axel landed well on the music
  • He could use a bit more stretch through his free leg on the sit spin and is really losing speed after the change of position
  • I’d love to see him stand a bit taller and really stretch through his lines in this step sequence but he has nice power
  • He still has a very raw quality to his skating: very powerful and doesn’t yet have the finesse of the older skaters, but once he develops that control and focus on the lines he’ll have a lot going for him

William Hubbart: 47.46 and into 4th place

  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Spread eagle into a double axel
  • He has great expression and nice finish through all of his movements, really committing to everything
  • His step sequence seems a bit stiff in the upper body and I’d like to see him look up and really connect with the audience more
  • Slow going into the loop and hangs on to a triple
  • Great camel position in his combination spin with a nice upright Y position

Jun-Hong Chen: 46.16 and into 5th place

  • Nice triple lutz
  • Triple toe + double toe
  • Nice stretched legs in the step sequence and I like his quality of movement
  • Good double axel
  • He seems a bit slow on his spins
Place Start Name Score
1 8 Eric Sjoberg, Los Angeles FSC 54.53
2 1 Maxim Naumov, Charter Oak FSC 53.37
3 9 Peter Liu, SC of Wilmington 52.23
4 11 William Hubbart, Fort Wayne ISC 47.46
5 12 Jun-Hong Chen, Broadmoor SC 46.16
6 5 Ryan VanDoren, Colonial FSC 44.12
7 10 Sasha Lunin, Fort Wayne ISC 44.09
8 6 Max Lake, La Jolla FSC 41.62
9 2 Ryan Dunk, Baltimore FSC 41.51
10 7 Mark Sadusky, St. Moritz ISC 41.03
11 4 Paul Yeung, All Year FSC 40.87
12 3 Derek Wagner, Northern Ice SC 34.87

2016 US Nationals Novice Men’s Preview

This is an accomplished group with all but one having competed at nationals previously.  As a group, they have won 10 nationals medals.  The 6th, 8th and 11th place finishers from last year’s novice event are returning and the intermediate 4th, 7th, 9th and 12th place finishers will also be competing here.  The short program will be held on Sunday, January 17th with the free skate on Monday, January 18th.

After regionals, Eric Sjoberg seemed like a shoe-in for the national title.  His score of 171.01 was 16 points higher than the next closest competitor.  However, he had some problems at sectionals and scored nearly 20 points less.  He won the novice silver medal in 2014, but despite having some of the top scores from qualifying last year, fell to 11th place at nationals.  His short program has a Triple Lutz + Triple Toe worth 12.30 points base value and a Triple Flip.  This is the most difficult short program layout being attempted by this group.  He received Level 4 on his spins at both regionals and sectionals and upgraded his steps from a Level 2 to a Level 3 between events.  However, his program components were lower at sectionals, only ranging from 4.13-5.13.  His free skate layout changed between events.  His sectionals layout included a Triple Loop, Double Axel + 1/2 Loop + Triple Salchow worth 9.20 points base value, Double Lutz (intended triple), Triple Flip, Triple Flip + Single Toe and a Triple Lutz.  He received Level 3 and 4 on his spins and 4 on his steps.  Again, his sectionals program components were lower, ranging from 4.44-5.25.

William Hubbart has the second best total score from qualifying, set at his regional event.  He scored nearly 15 points lower at Sectionals.  Hubbart is also pulling double duty, competing in the novice pairs event.  With the way the schedule worked out this year, he will have to compete both short programs on the same day and both free skates on the same day.  His short program includes a Triple Flip + Triple Toe worth 11.60 points base value (doubled at sectionals) and a Triple Loop.  He received all Level 4s at regionals on his spins, but some Level 3s at sectionals.  He received Level 3 on his steps at both events.  His program components were slightly lower at sectionals, ranging from 4.00-4.30.  His free skate has a Triple Flip + Triple Toe (worth 11.60 points), Triple Loop, Triple Lutz (edge call at sectionals), Triple Flip and Triple Toe + Double Toe.  At both events he received Level 3s and 4s on his spins and Level 3 on his steps.  His program components were higher at sectionals, scoring between 4.55-5.00.

Maxim Naumov has the third highest score from qualifying, set at sectionals, where he improved his score by 10 points.  His biggest problem is downgrades and under-rotations.  If he rotates his jumps, he’ll score well but he could lose a lot of points if he shorts his landings.  His short program has a Triple Lutz (downgraded at regionals) and a Triple Salchow + Double Toe.  He received Level 3 and 4 on his spins at both events and upgraded his steps from Level 3 to Level 4.  His program components were much higher at sectionals, ranging from 5.25-5.60.  His free skate has a Triple Lutz (under-rotated at both events), Triple Loop (under-rotated at sectionals), Triple Salchow + Double Toe, Triple Toe + Double Toe, Triple Salchow (fall at regionals), and Triple Toe.  He received Level 3 and 4 spins at both events and Level 2 steps.  His program components were again much stronger at sectionals, ranging from 5.30-5.65.  He doesn’t attempt the triple flip and his triple lutz was only landed cleanly once at regionals and sectionals.  He is at a disadvantage on the technical side, but it is easier for him to land clean programs with less challenging content.

Ryan Dunk has the fourth highest score from qualifying, set at regionals.  However, he only saw a 4 point decrease between events.  His short program has a Triple Flip and a Triple Lutz + Double Toe.  He received Level 4 on his spins at both events while his steps only received a Level 2 at sectionals.  His program components were slightly lower at sectionals, ranging from 4.00-4.30.  His free skate has a Triple Flip + Triple Toe worth 11.60 points base value, Triple Loop, Triple Lutz (edge call at sectionals), Triple Flip, and Triple Toe + Double Toe.  He received all Levels 4s on his spins at regionals, but received a Level 3 at sectionals.  His steps received Level 3 at both events.  His program components were better at sectionals, scoring 4.55-5.00.

Sasha Lunin set the fifth highest score of qualifying at sectionals, his only event.  His short program includes a Triple Lutz + Double Toe (worth 8.30 points base value) and a Triple Loop.  He received all Level 4 spins and Level 3 steps.  His program components ranged from 4.45-5.20.  His free skate includes a Double Axel + 1/2 Loop + Triple Flip worth 10.10 points base value, Triple Lutz, Triple Loop + Double Toe, Triple Loop, Triple Toe and a Triple Flip (downgraded double with an edge call at sectionals).  He received Level 4 on his spins and 3 on his steps.  His program components ranged from 5.00-5.50.

Paul Yeung set the 6th highest score of qualifying at his regional event.  Spin problems contributed to his nearly 14 points loss between events.  His short program has a Triple Flip + Double Toe and a Triple Lutz.  At regionals he received Level 2 and 3 on his spins and 3 on his steps.  At sectionals he had one spin that received no level and no points while the other was a Level 4.  His steps were Level 3.  His program components were lower at sectionals, ranging from 4.38-4.81.  His free skate layout changed between events.  His sectionals layout has a Double Salchow + Double Toe, Triple Lutz, Double Axel + Double Loop, Triple Flip, Triple Lutz + 1/2 Loop + Double Flip (worth 9.24 points base value) and a Triple Toe.  At sectionals, he received a Level 2, 4 and no level with no points on his spins.  He also received Level 2 on his steps.  His program components were much lower ranging from 3.88-4.63.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Eric Sjoberg

Silver: Sasha Lunin

Bronze: William Hubbart

Pewter: Ryan Dunk

 

Bios of the competitors:

Jun-Hong Chen: He is 14 years old and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  He finished 12th as an intermediate last season, 8th in intermediate in 2013, is the 2012 Juvenile Boys Bronze Medalist, placed 9th in juvenile in 2011 and 15th as a juvenile in 2010.  He won silver at Southwestern Regionals and pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 10th best free skate and 10th best total scores.

Ryan Dunk: He represents the Baltimore Skating Club.  He is the reigning Intermediate Men’s Pewter Medalist and finished 11th in juvenile in 2014.  He won gold at South Atlantic Regionals and silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 3rd best short program, 4th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

William Hubbart: He is 17 years old and represents the Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club.  He finished 8th as a novice last season, 9th in intermediate in 2014, 9th in intermediate in 2013 and 17th in juvenile in 2012.  He won gold at Eastern Great Lakes Regionals and silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 3rd best short program, 2nd best free skate and 2nd best total scores.  He is also competing in the Novice Pairs event.

Max Lake: He is 13 years old and represents the La Jolla Figure Skating Club.  He finished 7th as an intermediate last season, is the 2014 Juvenile Boys Bronze Medalist and finished 13th in juvenile in 2012.  He won bronze at Southwest Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best short program score.

Peter Liu: He is 15 years old and represents the Skating Club of Wilmington.  He finished 6th as a novice last season, and is the 2014 Intermediate Pewter Medalist.  He won silver at South Atlantic Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Sasha Lunin: He is 15 years old and represents the Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club.  He is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Bronze Medalist.  He won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 5th best short program, 4th best free skate and 5th best total scores.

Maxim Naumov: He is 14 years old and represents the Charter Oak Figure Skating Club.  He finished 5th in intermediate in 2014, is the 2013 Juvenile Boys Champion, and finished 7th in juvenile in 2012.  He won gold at New England Regionals and gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 2nd best short program, 5th best free skate and 3rd best total scores.

Mark Sadusky He represents the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club.  He won pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 10th best short program score.

Eric Sjoberg: He is 14 years old and represents the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.  He finished 11th as a novice last season, is the 2014 Novice Silver Medalist, 2013 Intermediate Men’s Pewter Medalist, 2012 Juvenile Boys Pewter Medalist and finished 11th as a juvenile in 2011.  He won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Ryan Van Doren: He is 17 years old and represents the Colonial Figure Skating Club.  He finished 7th in juvenile in 2013.  He won silver at New England Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Derek Wagner: He is 16 years old and represents the Northern Ice Skating Club.  He finished 6th in intermediate in 2013 and 9th in juvenile in 2012.  He won gold at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 4th best short program, 9th best free and 8th best total scores.

Paul Yeung: He is 16 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  He finished 9th as an intermediate last season and is the 2014 Juvenile Boys Silver Medalist.  He won silver at Southwest Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  He has the 8th best short program, 6th best free skate and 6th best total scores.  He is also competing in Intermediate Pairs.