U.S. Nationals: Senior Pairs Free Skate

Fehr/Biver: 26.31 TES + 31.37 PCS -4.00 = 53.68 Total: 85.05

  • They are skating to Spider Man and are currently in 13th place
  • Triple salchow + triple toe sequence with great unison
  • Good side by side triple loops
  • They probably have good unison on their jumps because he taught her her jumps
  • Nice platter lift with her in a catchfoot position
  • Really nice throw triple salchow
  • Hydroblade into the death spiral but a little sideways
  • Hand to hand hold needs some work with her air position and very slow and difficult to get up
  • Double twist was completely vertical and scratchy on the landing
  • Dance transitional lift with her in a handstand on his boot
  • Cartwheel up into a lift with him holding her under her armpits with a bobble on the exit
  • Can’t control the landing on that throw double toe
  • Decent unison on their side by side spins but they are really far apart–looks like she may have forgot one of the positions
  • Not a lot of speed through the pairs spin and after the music

Bautista/Harris: 42.96 TES + 39.60 PCS -2.00 = 80.56 Total: 122.72 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Spartacus and are currently in 12th place
  • Good double twist with nice height and a clean landing
  • Good reach back on their side by side jumps and nice landing
  • Nice position for her in the hand to hand lift with a one arm exit
  • She didn’t pull into the rotation tight enough in the throw triple loop and falls
  • Double loop + double toe sequence with good timing
  • Really nice first position in the pairs spiral but the second is a little awkward–she doesn’t seem to know where to put her head
  • Overhead lift into the one hand position in an attitude for her and a flip exit
  • Fall on the throw triple lutz but a lot of height
  • Good position in the pairs spin with a good change of direction
  • Her catchfoot positions are lovely in the air but she could use more stretch thorugh the first positions
  • Good speed and unison through the side by side spins
  • Not a lot of rotations in the death spiral

Andrews/LeDuc: 41.65 TES + 42.52 PCS -1.00 = 83.17 Total: 128.52 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Carmen and are currently in 11th place
  • Nice easy double twist with a clean catch
  • She falls on the side by side triple salchows–you could see the hesitation in the takeoff
  • Wow he gives her no throw on the throw double and she two foots it
  • Nice air position for her and a good catchfoot position with a one hand exit
  • Nice camel positions and good speed and unison through their side by side spins; lose it after the flying variation but get back together by the end
  • Nice one armed lift but it looked a little hard coming down in the one armed exit–I don’t think they’ll get credit for the one armed exit as a feature for level as they used it twice
  • She two foots the throw triple
  • Nice spiral into the lift but he struggles to get her in the air and it looks like they were early on the set down
  • Good pairs spiral but not in a hold
  • Nice entry to the death spiral but he loses his edge and travels on the pivot
  • She singles the first jump in their three jump combo and it’s messy from there with no unison
  • Good positions on their pairs spin but not a lot of speed

Vise/Baldwin: 51.24 TES + 45.08 PCS -1.00 = 95.32 Total: 140.97 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Legends of the Fall and are currently in 10th place
  • Huge triple twist–way to big for them to control and a really hard and crashy landing
  • Right into a big throw triple with a step out
  • She doubles the side by side triple toes
  • Great air position for her in the lifts with a one arm exit
  • I’d like to see her skating leg more stretched out in the death spiral and her position is completely collapsed by the end
  • She falls on the side by side triple salchows
  • Good rotation and nice exit on the second lift
  • Throw triple salchow right on the music
  • Slow rotation in their side by side spins and loss of unison
  • I can’t tell if they were struggling to get up into the lift or if she was in an awkward position being held by one hand on her stomach
  • I feel like this team lost all the magic they had last season when they made a big splash in their nationals debut

Zhang/Bartholomay: 59.07 TES + PCS = 107.00 Total: 156.57 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Concierto de Aranjuez and are currently in 9th place
  • Good triple twist
  • It’s interesting that they keep mentioning Felicia’s singles career and her novice medal and not that she is a Junior Pairs Champion
  • Off on the timing of the side by side triple toes
  • Really nice double axel + double axel sequence with great timing
  • Nice extension through the star lift and into a platter but the hold is making her position awkward
  • Good distance between them, speed, nice positions and good unison through the side by side spins
  • Huge throw triple salchow and nicely landed
  • Good pairs spiral
  • Hand down on the second throw triple
  • Nice carry feature in the lift right on the music
  • I’d like to see her death spiral lower with her free leg squeezed in
  • Good final lift with one arm carry and set down
  • Nice speed through the pairs spin with a nice change of direction

Scimeca/Dimitov: 41.65 TES + 41.04 PCS -2.00 = 80.69 Total: 132.62 and into 3rd place

  • They are skating to Unstoppable and are in 8th place
  • Landed over his shoulder on the twist
  • He falls and she puts a hand down on their side by side single toes–they did go down in unison and on the same angle though
  • Nice throw triple flip
  • Nice lasso entry to their lift but not many rotations
  • Nice arch in the death spiral but I’d like to see her lower to the ice
  • She completely loses her pick in the side by side jumps and almost does a aerial cartwheel instead of a jump–really scary to watch but she seems ok
  • Not a fast enough rotation and too tentative in the throw salchow and she falls
  • Nice hip hold lift with a good split position for her and a flip exit

Cain/Reagan: 59.50 TES + 54.11 PCS = 113.61 Total: 166.65 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Dr. Zhivago and are currently in 7th place
  • Great air position in this first lift with nice stretch through her bottom leg and then nice stretch through the carry feature as well
  • Really nice triple salchows–he ekes his out
  • Double axel + double toe + double toe side by side combo is nicely done
  • Good double twist with a clean catch
  • Good speed in the side by side spins but a lot of distance between them
  • Decent pairs spiral but I’d like to see her hip not hiked up so much in the heel stretch
  • Nice landing on the throw triple flip
  • Good throw triple salchow
  • Nice spiral right up into the hand to hand lift 
  • And right back up into another lift with a nice change of position and a flip exit–they’ll want to work on one handed holds and exits as features to really improve their levels in the future
  • Decent death spiral
  • Good position in the pairs spin with nice arms from her and a beautiful arabesque line and nice speed throughout

Donlan/Speroff: 56.98 TES + 56.86 PCS = 113.84 Total: 171.61 and into 1st place

  • I have adored this program since they competed it in summer events.  They really use their ballet look to it’s full advantage
  • They are skating to Sleeping Beauty and are currently in 5th place
  • Love the opening finger turn into an assisted penche 
  • Nice fast triple twist–I like that she has a pause for a moment after the toss before she starts rotating
  • I believe she doubled their side by side jumps
  • Press up into the hip lift with her legs in a 180 degree split and into a nice one arm hold in the hand to hand lift
  • Her arabesque line is to die for and so effortless
  • She singles the first axel in their side by side combo jumps but they do the triple toes
  • A little off on their timing in the side by side spins
  • Lasso entry to the lift with one arm hold and a Russian like air position for her and a nice one armed exit 
  • Huge throw triple loop with tons of ice coverage
  • Wonderful death spiral position but not a lot of rotations or a change of hold so they won’t get the higher levels
  • Really nice positions in the pairs spin
  • Another huge throw triple salchow with a wonderful landing
  • Nice air position in that catchfoot in the lift with a nice flip exit
  • Gorgeous pairs spiral sequence
  • Nice split lift into a fish to end the program

Poapst/Knierim: 57.76 TES + 55.19 PCS = 112.95 Total: 166.38 and into 3rd place

  • They are currently in 6th place and are skating to Swan Lake
  • Good side by side double axels and into the double toes for the sequence
  • Such height on that triple twist and I love that she hit the top of the throw before she started rotating
  • Difficult entry into that throw triple salchow–hand down
  • Good position changes but not as big of split position
  • Good unison through the side by side spins but a lot of distance between them
  • Interesting and unique pairs spiral 
  • Nice hop up into a fish position and into the throw triple toe with a hand down and not a lot of ice coverage
  • Good positions in the pairs spin and lovely expression from her
  • Nice getting up into the lift right on the crescendo of the music and changing holds with a nice exit
  • Lasso lift with a good position into the catchfoot
  • She seems awfully high on the death spiral and the change hold looked a little labored

Castelli/Shnapir: 108.25 Total: 168.81 and into 2nd place

  • They are currently in 4th place
  • She lost an edge on a transition move but kept going
  • Nice triple twist but not the cleanest landing
  • He falls on the side by side triple toe
  • Nice position in the lift with a somersault exit
  • Huge height on that throw triple axel and she steps out of it but so close!
  • Some of these spin positions need more stretch and they seem a little slow throughout
  • Nice pairs spiral with a really nice stretched out position from her
  • Nice hip lift variation with her legs above her head 
  • He falls on the side by side double axel
  • She has her shoulders really huched up in some of these positions in the pairs spin and not a lot of speed
  • Gorgeous arabesque spiral into a really nice throw triple salchow landed easily and right on the music
  • She is completely sideways in that death spiral and no where near the ice
  • Really nice split position in the lift with a good carry feature and a one armed rotation

Denney/Couglin: 128.82 Total: 189.70 and into 1st place

  • They are currently in 3rd place
  • As a former competitive dancer, I like the rhinestones in her hair, but her eye makeup is a little much for HD tv
  • Nice easy triple twist
  • Easy throw triple loop
  • Side by side triple toes were not perfectly in sync but they did them
  • Off on the side by side double axel sequence but did them
  • Good unison on the side by side spins
  • Lasso lift but not enough split in those positions in the air
  • Nice throw triple flip
  • Good arch but really high on the death spiral and not a lot of rotations or changes of hold
  • She needs a lot more stretch and a bigger split position through the Level 5 lift 
  • Decent pairs spiral
  • The final lift positions are so awkward but a nice death drop exit and ice coverage

Evora/Ladwig: 117.71 Total: 178.98 and into 2nd place

  • Nice triple twist
  • She two foots the side by side triple salchows but hangs on
  • She turns out and puts a knee down on the throw triple lutz
  • She falls on the side by side combo
  • Nice twist around his head into a dance lift
  • Change of hold in the death spiral 
  • Getting into better unison on their side by side spins but they are far apart and the TV crew can’t keep them both in the picture
  • Nice spiral into the throw triple loop with a nice landing
  • Nice reverse entry to that one hand lift with him holding her on her leg and a nice carry feature on one leg with a toss down to the flip exit
  • Nice moment for them in the pairs spiral
  • Great press up to the lift with a toss at the top and nice positions and a somersault exit
  • Decent positions and speed in this pairs spin but you can really feel that the magic is gone from the program
  • Nice final lift with a good catchfoot position and a flip exit

Marley/Brubaker: 120.27 Total: 186.07 and into 2nd place

  • They are currently in 1st place
  • He falls on the side by side triple toes and they won’t get credit for the combo
  • Nice triple twist a little catch around his neck on the landing but solid
  • He turns out of the side by side double axels but doesn’t put the foot down
  • Nice unison on the side by side pins but a little far apart
  • Nice death spiral position with a change of hold
  • Huge throw triple lutz and she nails it
  • Good position for her in the lift through the catch foot and nice one arm exit
  • Good pairs spiral with nice matching positions and I love how long she holds the position
  • Nice change to the split position in the hold and then reversing her position into an even nicer stretch and him on one foot through the carry feature
  • Nice position in the final lift with good one arm position changes
  • Hangs on to the throw triple salchow
  • Nice stretch through the positions in the pairs spin 
Place Start No. Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 11 Caydee Denney, Broadmoor SC
John Coughlin, KS City FSC
3 60.88 1 128.82 189.70
2 13 Mary Beth Marley, DuPage FSC
Rockne Brubaker, All Year FSC
1 65.80 2 120.27 186.07
3 12 Amanda Evora, Southwest FL FSC
Mark Ladwig, Red River Valley FSC
2 61.27 3 117.71 178.98
4 8 Gretchen Donlan, SC Of Boston
Andrew Speroff, SC Of Boston
5 57.77 4 113.84 171.61
5 10 Marissa Castelli, SC Of Boston
Simon Shnapir, SC Of Boston
4 60.56 7 108.25 168.81
6 7 Ashley Cain, Stars FSC of TX
Joshua Reagan, Stars FSC of TX
7 53.04 5 113.61 166.65
7 9 Andrea Poapst, Broadmoor SC
Christopher Knierim, Broadmoor SC
6 53.43 6 112.95 166.38
8 5 Felicia Zhang, SC of NY
Nathan Bartholomay, University of DE FSC
9 49.57 8 107.00 156.57
9 4 Tiffany Vise, Broadmoor SC
Don Baldwin, Los Angeles FSC
10 45.65 9 95.32 140.97
10 6 Alexa Scimeca, DuPage FSC
Ivan Dimitrov, Individual Member
8 51.93 11 80.69 132.62
11 3 Cassie Andrews, IN World Sk Acad FSC
Timothy LeDuc, Eastern IA FSC
11 45.35 10 83.17 128.52
12 2 Kloe Chanel Bautista, All Year FSC
Tyler Harris, SC Of Boston
12 42.16 12 80.56 122.72
13 1 Rita Fehr, Eau Claire FSC
Peter Biver, St. Paul FSC
13 31.37 13 53.68 85.05