U.S. Nationals: Senior Ladies Free Skate

Morgan Bell: 38.46 TES + 36.47 PCS -1.00 = 73.93 Total: 112.48

  • She is skating to Avatar and is currently in 18th place
  • Very nice double axel
  • Triple lutz was two footed and looked like there was hesitation going in
  • Good position in the tucked sit spin
  • Double lutz + double toe combo–very far forward on the takeoff
  • Good triple toe
  • Good height on the spiral but it could be even better with more flexibility in her back
  • Fall on the triple salchow–feet got caught up underneath her
  • Good layback position into a haircutter and Biellman that picked up speed
  • Good double axel + double toe
  • Nice triple toe + double toe combination–excellent job landing the double toe which was off in the air
  • Good speed in the combination spin with interesting arms on the upright position

Joelle Forte: 49.98 TES + PCS = 91.69 Total: 139.82 and into 1st place

  • She is currently in 17th place
  • A little tentative on the triple lutz and she can’t quite make the landing
  • Good triple flip
  • Very nice triple salchow right into the flying sit spin but she could have more stretch through her free leg and more speed
  • Nice double axel
  • Good layback position into a haircutter but losing speed and no Biellman
  • I’d like to see her leg a little higher or her back a little higher on that spiral–just a little tweak would make that an even better position
  • Good triple lutz + double toe
  • Good triple toe, double axel sequence
  • Nice one foot section in her footwork and she seems to really be letting lose and smiling at this point in the program; it seems like she stayed in the center of the ice for a while instead of continuing toward the end of the rink
  • Triple salchow + double toe
  • Nice camel position right into a good low sit spin and a decent upright position with good centering

Angela Wang: 62.61 TES + 47.07 PCS = 109.68 Total: 158.66 and into 1st place

  • She is skating to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and is currently in 16th place
  • Good triple flip + double toe with nice speed and good height
  • Good triple lutz + triple toe but a step out on the landing
  • Nice donue position but not a lot of flexibility through the catchfoot position in her camel spin
  • Nice Ina Bauer into a double axel
  • Good spiral position
  • Nice solid triple loop going into the combination spin with good speed, nice positions and good flow out
  • God triple salchow
  • She has a lot of really nice transitions in this program but I think the one thing she is missing is complete confidence in herself to go out there and nail it
  • Triple lutz
  • Double axel + double toe + single loop
  • I’d like to see her really stretch through her arms, back and legs to finish off all these steps in her footwork
  • Good speed in the layback spin with a good position through the haircutter but losing centering on the Biellman

Aimee Buchanan: 31.75 TES + 35.37 PCS -3.00 = 64.12 Total: 101.89 and into 4th place

  • She is skating to a Medley and is currently in 19th place
  • Fall on the opening triple salchow
  • Good double axel
  • Nice camel position into a good donut picking up speed
  • Fall on the triple flip
  • Good twisted camel into a backward layback spin but losing a lot of speed through the change of foot
  • Fall on the triple salchow
  • I’d like to see just a hair more stretch from her in that spiral to really get the leg fully stretched
  • Double loop + double loop
  • Double lutz + double loop–arm variation on the first jump but a scratchy landing
  • Double toe
  • Nice layback position into a really nice haircutter and Biellman

McKinzie Daniels: 49.17 TES + 42.29 PCS -1.00 = 90.46 Total: 140.42 and into 2nd place

  • She is in 15th place and is skating to a Gershwin Medley
  • Really nice opening double axel + triple toe
  • Good triple lutz
  • Nice layback position into a good Biellman
  • Fall on the triple flip
  • I’d like to see a little more flexibility and strength through her back in the spirals
  • Triple loop + double toe
  • Triple toe + double toe + double loop
  • Nice tucked position in her sit spin
  • Popped open the lutz into a single
  • Good high triple loop, forward on the landing but hangs on to it
  • Good speed and push through the one foot section of her step sequence
  • Nice camel position with good arms into a nice twisted sit position and picking up speed into the scratch spin

Kiri Baga: 51.08 TES + 48.15 PCS = 99.23 Total: 149.38 and into 2nd place

  • She is skating to La Strada and is currently in 14th place
  • Good triple flip
  • Popped open the lutz
  • Nice triple salchow to recover
  • Good double axel + double toe with a nice arm variation
  • Interesting upright spin with her leg to the side but losing speed through the sit position
  • Nice triple salchow + double toe with the arm variation
  • Good triple toe + double toe + double loop
  • Nice double axel
  • Good low sit spin position but not a lot of speed through the position change
  • Nice stretch and flow through the one foot section of her foot work and I like how she uses her arms all the way through to the fingers
  • Nice spiral position 
  • Nice layback position into a haircutter and a Biellman picking up speed

Sophia Adams: 32.56 TES + 43.26 PCS -2.00 = 73.82 Total: 125.22 and into 5th place

  • She is skating to Titanic and is currently in 13th place
  • Fall on the opening triple salchow
  • Three turns into the triple loop nicely landed
  • Fall on the triple toe–looked like she landed it but bounced off the edge and fell
  • Nice camel spin position into a nice stretched out upright spin
  • Stepped out of the triple loop
  • Double axel nicely done
  • Singles her salchow
  • A little slow through the step sequence but nicely done
  • Good spiral
  • Hesitation on the axel and she singles it
  • Good position in the camel spin with a decent inverted position and a good catch foot position
  • Interesting attitude into a back layback spin with a change of foot into a haircutter

Haley Dunne: 43.46 TES + 43.41 PCS -2.00 = 84.87 Total: 136.28 and into 5th place

  • She is currently in 12th place
  • I love how expressive she is through her arms, upper body and face right from the beginning of this program
  • Step out and hands down on the triple salchow
  • Two foots the triple lutz and falls
  • Nice layback position with good speed into a nice haircutter and Biellman
  • Really pretty spiral
  • Nice triple flip
  • Good stretched out sit spin position but losing some speed thorugh the end
  • Triple toe + double axel sequence nicely done
  • Double lutz + double toe + double loop
  • Nice one foot sequence that takes her over half the length of the rink with good edge changes and push across the ice
  • Fall on the triple toe
  • Good double axel + double toe recovery right into the combination spin–her layback position is absolutely gorgeous

Leah Keiser: 49.10 TES + 46.01 PCS -2.00 = 93.11 Total: 145.55

  • She is in 10th after the short program
  • She has such wonderful expression and seems so relaxed on the ice
  • Nice triple lutz + triple toe to open her program
  • Fall on the double axel–looks like she just might not had enough oomph going in
  • Nice triple loop recovery
  • Good sit spin position into the broken leg variation but could have more speed
  • Nice donut position in the camel into a nice tuck position in the sit and finishing out the combo spin with an upright position
  • Triple flip + double toe–she makes a lot of these jumps look easy but I’d like to see her get a little more height
  • Ina Bauer into a nice double axel + double toe
  • Step out of the triple
  • Looking down at the ice a bit on this step sequence and not as deep in her edges as some of the top girls and a lot of snow on the changes of edge
  • Decent spiral 
  • Sits down on the triple lutz and falls
  • Very nice layback position into a good haircutter and Biellman
  • Definitely one to watch going into the future, especially on the Junior Grand Prix next season

Yasmin Siraj: 41.92 TES + 45.95 PCS = Total: 138.83 and into 6th place

  • She is currently in 11th place
  • She really feels this music and has hit every note so far
  • Fall on the opening triple flip
  • Good triple lutz + double toe but tight on the landing
  • Pops open the triple but adds the double axel for the sequence
  • Good camel position in her spin into a nice upright spin and a good tuck position in the sit spin but losing a lot of speed
  • That loop just never got off the ice and turned into a spin
  • Good position in the spiral
  • Step out and hands down on the triple lutz
  • Good catch foot position in the camel
  • She’s lacking the fire you normally see from her in the step sequence and seems a little tentative here as well
  • Hands down on the triple toe
  • Single axel
  • Good camel position but not a great illusion but nice recovery back into the tuck position in the sit spin

Nina Jiang: TES + PCS -2.00= Total: 146.42 and into 3rd place

  • She is currently in 8th place
  • Love the fire in her eyes in her starting position
  • Fall on the triple lutz
  • Nice triple toe recovery
  • Good triple salchow–I love how tight she brings her legs in for the rotation and the nice toe point in the air
  • Really nice layback spin into a good hairback and Bielmann
  • Popped open the triple loop
  • A little slow through this step sequence but some nice edges
  • Not a lot of speed going into the double axel but nicely done
  • Nice spiral positions with good stretch
  • Nice spread eagle into the double loop + double toe with nice flow out of the jump
  • Ina Bauer into triple toe…caught an edge on the entrance and took another spin to get into it but lands it–way to think on her feet!
  • Nice final combination spin

Rachael Flatt: 56.49 TES + 55.78 PCS = 112.27 Total: 164.98 and into 1st place

  • Really love her new Firebird costume–nice colors on her and very flattering for her figure
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Doubled the flip
  • A little scratchy on the landing on the triple loop
  • Decent positions in the camel spin but not a lot of speed
  • Camel spin with not a great illusion into a really slow scratch spin
  • Nice solid triple flip + double toe + double loop
  • Good triple salchow
  • Good spiral 
  • Triple loop + double toe
  • Nice double axel + double toe
  • Nice speed in the combo spin with good positions 
  • Nice passion in the step sequence and she’s finally bringing the performance
  • She definitely fought for everything today but it seemed slow and lacking the Rachael fire in the beginning that we’re used to
  • Standing ovation from the crowd

Vanessa Lam: 51.37 TES + PCS = 103.05 Total: 157.62 and into 3rd place

  • She is currently in 7th place
  • Triple lutz + double loop + double loop
  • Nice triple flip + double loop
  • A little tight on the triple loop and she steps out of it
  • Really great extension and positions through her spiral
  • Nice positions in her layback spin into a really nice Biellman–I wish she’d hold it longer because the position is gorgeous
  • Nice triple toe right on the music
  • Good sit position into a really nice stretched out upright spin; on her camel position I’d like to see her leg a little more behind her and not so much to the side
  • Spread eagle into the double axel + double axel sequence
  • Fall on the triple flip
  • Singles the next jump and two foots it
  • Nice one foot sequence to start her footwork, small bobble in the middle; she doesn’t have as deep of edges as some of the older skaters but still nice
  • Good stretched out sit position into the back tuck

Christina Gao: 55.40 TES + PCS = 111.53 Total: 166.36 and into 1st place

  • Beautiful triple flip + triple toe with huge height
  • Bobble on some transitional steps
  • Nice double axel
  • Huge triple lutz
  • Good camel spin into a nice broken leg spin and twisted upright spin with decent speed
  • Not a lot of speed in the layback spin but nice haircutter
  • Beautiful triple flip
  • Nice triple loop–I love the height on her jumps
  • Popped that and stepped out of it
  • Nice triple toe + double toe
  • Nice smile through the step sequence but I’d like to see more fire to really sell the tango feel and see more power and attack as well to really get across the ice
  • Good position in the camel spin and into the back sit spin

Mirai Nagasu: 50.74 TES + PCS -2.00 = 104.97 Total: 163.99 and into 3rd place

  • She is currently in 5th place
  • Nice triple loop + double toe
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Good spiral sequence
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop with no speed and she fell on the last jump
  • Good position in her camel into the donut
  • Fall on the triple lutz
  • Popped the single flip
  • Nice triple loop
  • Double axel was nice
  • Camel spin is very nice into a beautiful streched out catchfoot and a nice upright spin with her leg abover her head
  • All the wind seems to have gone out of this program and while the music picked up she seemed so slow going into her signature layback spin

Caroline Zhang: 56.46 TES + PCS = 113.01 Total: 173.19 and into 1st place

  • She is currently in 4th place
  • Step out of the opening triple flip
  •  Nice triple lutz + double toe
  • Nice double axel
  • Good positions in the camel spin with a decent catch foot and a nice sit spin up into an overhead catch foot spin but not a lot of speed
  • Flying entry to the sit spin with a good stretched out position but slow through the change of position
  • Solid triple loop
  • Very nice spirals
  • Nice triple flip +double toe + double loop
  • Triple loop + double toe
  • Good one foot section with the edge changes timed with the music; I’d like to see her smile here!
  • Solid double axel and now she’s smiling!
  • Yes for the pearl pulled right up into the Biellman and the crowd is going wild for her!

Ashley Wagner: 60.64 TES + PCS = 123.96 Total: 187.02 and into 1st place

  • Gorgeous opening triple flip + double toe + double toe
  • Double axel + triple toe was very nice (little bit two footed)
  • Nice triple lutz–she came to compete today and it shows
  • Good positions through the sit spin with decent speed
  • Gorgeous spiral positions
  • Nice layback position into a good haircutter and Biellman
  • Spread eagle into a triple loop right on the music crescendo
  • Popped open her triple salchow
  • Triple loop + double toe–nice recovery
  • Triple flip
  • Nice use of her arms through the beginning of this step sequence and I love her homage to ballet with the toe steps
  • Nice camel spin with good twisted position and a nice broken leg sit spin ending with a scratch spin

Alissa Czisny: 56.03 TES + PCS -1.00 =  116.86 Total: 180.10 and into 2nd place
Love this new costume on her–It looks like a dress from Kleinfelds in Manhattan; the only thing I miss is that stunning contrast of the navy blue with the ice

  • Hand down on the triple lutz
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Solid triple there
  • Gorgeous spirals and you can see how much speed she has by how much her skirt is rippling
  • Beautiful camel spin
  • Two footed the triple lutz and fell
  • Double axel a little scratchy on the landing but she hangs on to it
  • Nice triple loop
  • Triple loop + double toe + double loop
  • Gorgeous upright spin with so much speed
  • Nice speed and flow through her step sequence with lots of turns upper body movement
  • Absolutely gorgeous layback spin into a nice Biellman with an increase in speed

Agnes Zawadzki: 50.26 TES + PCS -2.00 = 107.86 Total: 174.10 and into 3rd place

  • Gorgeous double axel + triple toe looked so easy with great flow out of it
  • Nice triple flip
  • Beautiful layback spin itno a nice Biellman
  • Triple lutz with a fall
  • Beautiful spiral
  • Triple lutz + double toe right on the boards
  • Nice camel spin into a good stretched out sit position
  • Fall on the triple salchow
  • Doubled the toe and double footed it
  • Double axel with a tight landing
  • Nice fire through this step sequence and it’s nice to see her still performing and giving it her all after the mistake
  • Final camel spin into a nice stretched out upright spin
  • She had a three point lead over Alissa Czisny coming in here, so we’ll see where this puts her
Place Start No. Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 17 Ashley Wagner, SC of Wilmington 3 63.06 1 123.96 187.02
2 18 Alissa Czisny, Detroit SC 2 63.14 2 116.86 180.00
3 19 Agnes Zawadzki, Broadmoor SC 1 66.24 7 107.86 174.10
4 16 Caroline Zhang, All Year FSC 4 60.18 3 113.01 173.19
5 14 Christina Gao, Northern KY SC 6 54.83 5 111.53 166.36
6 12 Rachael Flatt, Broadmoor SC 9 52.71 4 112.27 164.98
7 15 Mirai Nagasu, Pasadena FSC 5 59.02 8 104.97 163.99
8 3 Angela Wang, Salt Lake Figure Skating 16 48.98 6 109.68 158.66
9 13 Vanessa Lam, All Year FSC 7 54.57 9 103.05 157.62
10 6 Kiri Baga, FSC of Bloomington 14 50.15 10 99.23 149.38
11 11 Nina Jiang, TX Gulf Coast FSC 8 53.66 12 92.76 146.42
12 9 Leah Keiser, All Year FSC 10 52.44 11 93.11 145.55
13 5 McKinzie Daniels, Broadmoor SC 15 49.96 14 90.46 140.42
14 2 Joelle Forte, SC of NY 17 48.13 13 91.69 139.82
15 10 Yasmin Siraj, SC Of Boston 11 51.96 15 86.87 138.83
16 8 Haley Dunne, WA FSC 12 51.41 16 84.87 136.28
17 7 Sophia Adams, All Year FSC 13 51.40 18 73.82 125.22
18 1 Morgan Bell, Rocky Mountain FSC 18 38.55 17 73.93 112.48
19 4 Aimee Buchanan, Colonial FSC 19 37.77 19 64.12 101.89