U.S. Nationals: Senior Men’s Free Skate

Alexander Aiken:

Daniel Raad: Total: 147.37 and into 2nd place

Richard Dornbush: 71.42 TES + 78.58 PCS -1.00 = 149.00 Total: 200.59 and into 1st place

  • He is currently in 17th place and is skating to a Western medley
  • Tough fall on the quad toe
  • Nice solid triple lutz
  • Really nice triple axel–a jump he’s struggled with all season
  • Nice one leg section in the straight line step sequence with nice edges
  • Good camel position into a decent catchfoot but not a lot of speed through the sit into the scratch spin
  • I love how calm he is on the ice and really performs the little details in his programs
  • Another good triple axel + single toe
  • Hydroblade into a triple salchow into a double axel
  • Good positions and speed through the sit spin
  • Triple lutz + double toe a little tight on the landing
  • Really tight on the triple flip
  • Great choreographic step sequence with a lot of personality, fun and crowd support
  • Double loop
  • Nice combination spin with good speed and positions to end the program

Wesley Campbell: 61.73 TES + 60.28 PCS -1.00 = 121.01 Total: 166.94 and into 2nd place

  • He is skating to the Mission and is currently in 20th place
  • Nice triple lutz + triple toe with great height
  • Great triple flip
  • Fall on the triple axel
  • Decent positions through the camel spin with good speed
  • Nice one foot sequence to open up his footwork and nice use of his full body especially for someone so tall but I’d like to see more performance from him
  • Nice low sit positions with good twisted variations in the sit and upright positions
  • Hand down on the triple flip + double toe
  • Triple lutz
  • Really nice stretched out sit position
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple axel + double toe tight on the landing
  • I’d like to see him more free through this choreographic step sequence
  • Good double axel

William Brewster: 51.94 TES + 49.84 PCS -1.00 = Total: 156.48 and into 3rd place

  • He is currently in 16th place
  • A little tight on the opening triple axel
  • Nice triple lutz + double toe
  • Good triple salchow + triple toe
  • Nice position in the came spin into a nice twisted variation and finally into a catchfoot but losing a lot of speed as the spin progresses
  • Double axel was nice
  • A little tentative on this step sequence–not really pushing through the edges and the steps to really cover the ice but I like that he’s performing it
  • Triple salchow + double toe + double toe–very tight by the end
  • Just can’t get his leg out on the triple lutz and falls
  • A little forward on the triple loop but he hangs on
  • Double axel
  • I like that he’s freer and getting better ice coverage through the choreographic step sequence
  • Nice broken leg sit spin
  • Good positions and speed in his final combination spin and good centering thorough the end of the spin

Alexander Johnson: 69.92 TES + 71.58 PCS = 141.50 Total: 199.23 and into 2nd place

  • He is in 15th place after the short program
  • I love how committed he is to the choreography of his program; he has a very regal look on the ice
  • Popped the axel into a single
  • Nice triple lutz
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Really nice camel spin with a great arabesque line above 90 degrees
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop combo very nicely done
  • Very nice edges in this step sequence with very minimal snow during the edge changes
  • Good triple salchow + double toe
  • Good stretched out position in the sit spin but losing some speed through the tuck position
  • Three turns into a nice triple loop
  • Solid double axel right on the music
  • Nice triple flip
  • Nice combination spin with a flying change of foot and a nice stretched out upright y spin

Scott Dyer: 67.04 TES + 74.44 PCS = 141.48 Total: 207.97 and into 1st place

  • He is currently in 13th place and is skating to Grand Canyon Suite
  • Really nice triple lutz with good ride out on the landing
  • Nice double axel
  • Triple salchow + single loop–first jump was landed fine, just looked like he popped the loop
  • Decent camel position into a really nice catchfoot that picks up speed
  • Nice expression, edges and qualify of movement in this step sequence
  • A little on his toe on the landing of that triple toe
  • Nice positions in the sit spin with good speed
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • Good triple flip
  • Triple salchow + double toe + double loop
  • Double axel
  • Nice choreographic step sequence with a lot of full body movement and good expression and performance quality
  • Great speed through this camel spin into a nice tucked sit spin through a change of foot and ending witha  scratch spin

Joshua Farris: 69.17 TES+ 65.48 PCS -2.00 = 132.55 Total: 197.98

  • He is skating to Rachmaninoff and is currently in 14th place
  • Hands down on the triple axel
  • Fall on the his triple
  • Good recovery with the triple loop
  • Nice straight leg on his sit spin
  • Bobble in his step sequence but nice quality of movement, full body involvement; he could have deeper edges and more flow across the ice
  • Nice catchfoot position in his camel spin picking up speed
  • Hangs on to that triple axel + single toe
  • Nice triple lutz + double toe + double loop
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Just sat down on the ice on the triple lutz
  • Nice triple salchow
  • Really nice twisted sit position into a good upright spin

Brandon Mroz: 67.11 TES + 66,56 PCS -1.00 = 132.67 Total: 200.14 and into 3rd place

  • He is skating to Carmen and is currently in 12th place
  • Fall on the opening quad toe
  • Nice triple axel + double toe combo
  • Triple lutz
  • Nice timing with the music in this step sequence but I’d like to see more fire through his movements and facial expressions to match the passion of Carmen
  • Hands down on the triple axel
  • Good positions in the camel spin but not a lot of speed
  • Hands down on the triple lutz
  • Nice triple salchow
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Better performance quality on this choreographic step sequence but he could really sell it even more
  • Really slow through the sit spin
  • Good camel position with a flying change to the sit position

Grant Hochstein: 148.34 Total: 206.23 and into 2nd place

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Jonathan Cassar: 139.89 Total: 207.75 and into 2nd place

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Jason Brown: 133.48 Total: 209.16 and into 1st place

  • He is currently in 7th place
  • Nice triple lutz with one arm over his head
  • Nice double axel
  • Good positions in his sit spin with good speed
  • Another good double axel
  • Nice catchfot position in his camel spin and good speed throughout
  • Nice reach back on that triple lutz + triple toe combination
  • Nice difficulty but ease of movement and flow across the ice in his step sequence
  • Really nice triple flip + double toe + double loop combination
  • Trip on the choreographic step sequence and a fall
  • Two foots the landing of the jump and falls
  • Two foots the triple loop
  • Hard fall on the triple toe
  • Nice Layback position but some loss of centering into his twisted sit spin
  • That fall in the footwork totally killed his focus and his performance quality in this program

Douglas Razzano: 150.88 Total: 223.38 and into 1st place

  • He is currently in 8th place
  • Really solid triple axel
  • Popped his toe into a double (planned quad)
  • Triple axel + double toe combination
  • Nice triple
  • Nice tucked in sit spin position into a good twist with decent speed
  • Nice movement through this step sequence but not a lot of ice coverage and it seems a little slow; lot of snow on some of these edge changes as well
  • Good triple toe + triple toe
  • Good triple salchow
  • Good triple loop
  • Nice double axel + double toe + double loop
  • Good position in the camel spin into a nice stretched out upright spin with nice increase in speed through the back tuck spin and finishing with a scratch spin

Stephen Carriere: 141.59 Total: 213.41 and into 2nd place

  • He is currently in 9th place
  • Solid triple salchow
  • Really solid triple axel with a lot of height
  • Double axel
  • Great speed and positions through this combination spin with a flying change of foot
  • I like the dark take he is putting on Swan Lake and the intensity in his eyes while he’s skating
  • Nice use of the edges to really pull across the ice in this one foot step sequence
  • Hand down on the triple lutz
  • Two foots and falls on the triple axel
  • Nice recovery with that triple
  • Pops open his lutz but tacks on the triple toe
  • Nice triple loop + double toe (one arm) + double toe (two arms)
  • He’s really putting a lot of energy into this choreographic step sequence and giving it a lot of passion
  • Nice camel spin into a good sit position and a change of foot into a slow camel and a nice sit position finishing with a nice upright spin

Max Aaron: Total: 211.15 and into 3rd place

  • He is currently in 6th place
  • Really off in the air and can’t control the landing on the quad salchow
  • Triple axel tilted in the air but he hangs on to it
  • Double axel
  • Decent positions in his sit spins but I’d like to see more stretch
  • Very subtle footwork sequence but nicely executed and I like the use of his arms to finish off the movement
  • Triple axel turnout into a double toe
  • He has really big jumps but sometimes it looks like they’re too big for him to really control and land
  • Triple lutz step into a triple toe
  • Nice triple
  • Doubled and fell on the triple lutz and can’t hit the planned combination
  • Nice triple flip half loop triple loop
  • Decent positions in his final spin with good speed
  • Nice attack and ice coverage through this choreographic step sequence

Ross Miner: 151.42 Total: 230.32 and into 1st place

  • He is currently in 4th place
  • Such an easy triple axel
  • Slips off that edge on the landing of his triple axel and falls and misses the combination
  • Nice triple lutz + triple toe–good recovery
  • Nice camel with a flying change to the sit spin
  • Nice flow through the one foot section of this step sequence–making it look easy; I’d like to see a little more push through the second half of the sequence
  • Nice triple salchow + double toe + double toe
  • Good triple lutz
  • Good triple loop
  • Nice tight tuck position in the sit spin
  • Solid double axel
  • Nice triple flip
  • Wow he was trying so hard in that step sequence that he put his hand down but he is really selling this
  • Good final combination spin
  • Two mistakes, but an otherwise gorgeous program.  He’s left the door open but should be right in there.

Keegan Messing: Total: 212.47 and into 4th place

  • He is currently in 5th place
  • Wow on the deep knees on the landing of the triple axel
  • Triple toe (planned quad)
  • Huge flying entry into his sit spin
  • Triple lutz + double toe + single loop
  • I love his commitment to character in his step sequences and how he just powers down the ice
  • Hands down on the triple axel
  • A little tight on the landing of the triple loop
  • Triple lutz stepping up into a double axel
  • Good position in the camel with a decent catch foot
  • Double salchow–seems to be running out of steam
  • Maybe not the prettiest or most difficult step sequence here but he really got the crowd going and it was exciting to watch
  • Russian split into a huge triple flip
  • Great speed through the final combination spin and the crowd erupts at the end of the program

Armin Mahbanoozadeh: 143.97 Total: 224.63 and into 2nd place

  • Fall on the quad toe and under-rotated
  • Nice triple flip
  • A little scratchy on the triple axel + double toe
  • Triple lutz + double toe
  • Nice performance quality on this step sequence and good edges
  • Triple axel with a step out
  • Nice triple flip + triple toe
  • Good donut spin into a nice broken leg sit spin but he could have more speed throughout the combination
  • Triple salchow
  • Triple lutz a little forward on the landing but hangs on to it
  • Nice movement throughout the choreographic step sequence right into a nice flying sit spin but not a lot of speed
  • Camel spin into some interesting position changes and picking up speed through the sit spin into a scratch spin

Adam Rippon: 157.93 Total: 240.87 and into 1st place

  • Doubled his salchow–not the way you want to start your program–intended to be a quad
  • Two footed the triple axel and manages to tack on a double toe–messy but it was there
  • Nice triple loop
  • Good broken leg sit spin into a nice twisted variation
  • A nice subtle step sequence but very expressive and perfectly timed with the music and nice edges
  • Does the triple axel!
  • Triple flip + triple toe very tight on the landing of the second jump
  • Triple lutz + half loop + triple salchow sequence
  • Rippon lutz right into his camel spin into a nice stretched out sit spin and a nice haircutter
  • Nice push throughout this step sequence, fight and change of emotion through the step sequence
  • Great double axel right on the music
  • Really nice camel spin into a donut position

Jeremy Abbott: 183.35 Total: 273.58 and into 1st place

  • This opening is absolutely gorgeous and he feels every note of this music
  • Gorgeous quad toe–way to go out there and claim that title
  • He looks completely in the zone here
  • So much height on the triple axel and tacking on the combo
  • Nice sit spin positions
  • Nice triple flip with great flow out of it
  • His transitions and in betweens are to die for and every moment of this program is so well thought out
  • Love the difficulty, clean technique and passion in this step sequence
  • Wonderful triple axel and he just takes off out of that jump
  • Triple lutz + single toe
  • Triple loop a little scratchy on the landing
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop and no one else gets that kind of height on the third jump in their combo
  • I love this moment in the middle where he touches the ice and just stands still for a moment and commands that you watch him
  • Double salchow
  • Beautiful camel spin position into a nice upright position
  • That is the program he’s been looking for all season!
  • I am totally in awe of that performance….
Place Start No. Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 20 Jeremy Abbott, Detroit SC 1 90.23 1 183.35 273.58
2 19 Adam Rippon, SC of NY 2 82.94 2 157.93 240.87
3 16 Ross Miner, SC Of Boston 4 78.90 3 151.42 230.32
4 18 Armin Mahbanoozadeh, WA FSC 3 80.66 6 143.97 224.63
5 13 Douglas Razzano, Coyotes SC of AZ 8 72.50 4 150.88 223.38
6 14 Stephen Carriere, SC Of Boston 9 71.82 7 141.59 213.41
7 17 Keegan Messing, AK Assoc of Figure Skaters 5 76.66 12 135.81 212.47
8 15 Max Aaron, Broadmoor SC 6 76.01 13 135.14 211.15
9 12 Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC 7 75.68 14 133.48 209.16
10 7 Scott Dyer, All Year FSC 13 66.49 9 141.48 207.97
11 11 Jonathan Cassar, All Year FSC 11 67.86 10 139.89 207.75
12 10 Grant Hochstein, St. Clair Shores FSC 10 67.89 11 138.34 206.23
13 3 Richard Dornbush, All Year FSC 17 51.59 5 149.00 200.59
14 9 Brandon Mroz, Broadmoor SC 12 67.47 15 132.67 200.14
15 6 Alexander Johnson, Broadmoor SC 15 57.73 8 141.50 199.23
16 8 Joshua Farris, Broadmoor SC 14 65.43 16 132.55 197.98
17 4 Wesley Campbell, Colonial FSC 20 45.93 17 121.01 166.94
18 5 William Brewster, Detroit SC 16 55.70 19 100.78 156.48
19 1 Alexander Aiken, Atlanta FSC 18 49.05 18 103.39 152.44
20 2 Daniel Raad, FL Everblades FSC 19 47.11 20 100.26 147.37