U.S. Nationals: Senior Short Dance

Glastris/Allison: 11.58 TES + 16.64 PCS = 28.22

  • Nice matching leg lines through the Rhumba with a nice big pattern  and a nice flow across the ice; everything seems a little placed and they don’t let the movement really take them
  • Really off on their timing on the twizzles
  • He’s skating backwards on one foot and she’s arched back, he struggles to hold the foot up
  • Their circular step sequence doesn’t go to the edges of the rink and instead stays closer to the middle

Schmucker/Munday: 23.21 TES + 19.97 PCS = 43.18 and into 1st place

  • They competed as novices last season at nationals, so this is quite the jump for them
  • Good speed through their opening section into their twizzles with good unison
  • Haircutter rotational lift with her free leg in a stag position
  • They really try and pay attention to the details in the music and hit the accents
  • She really needs to stretch through her free leg, especially since the hot pink leg warmers draw a lot of attention to them
  • This step sequence seems slow compared with the music they’re skating to but they have really nice unison and a good spatial relationship between them

Hoptman/Filchenkov: 25.85 TES + 20.42 PCS = 46.27 and into 1st place

  • Nice speed and latin flavor through the opening section
  • Nice timing, speed and flow through their circular step sequence with a lot of arm movement and nice expression
  • I like her arm choices through the rhumba but I’d like to see her not lean so far forward through the whole sequence
  • Split rotational lift with her leg on his shoulder
  • A small bobble getting into the ending pose but otherwise a really nice program

Olson/Cowan: 28.78 TES +24.66 PCS = 53.44 and into 1st place

  •  Nice Latin flavor with some samba rolls at the beginning and some nice Latin steps
  • Nice solid twizzles with really good unison
  • They really ride some deep edges in their circular step sequence
  • Nice flow through the rhumba sequence with nice matching leg lines
  • Heel stretch standing in his hands with a cartwheel into a cradle exit
  • 2nd sequence of the rhumba with some nice arm positions from her
  • Nice twisting split transitional lift to end their program

Cannuscio/Lorello: 25.86 TES + 24.17 PCS = 50.03 and into 2nd place

  • Nice expression right from the first moment of the program
  • Really great edges and soft flow over the ice in the circular step sequence
  • Nice spread eagle position for him with her holding her body horizontal over the ice
  • Nice ease in their rhumba with good flow
  • Pretty good unison on the twizzles
  • They have really nice transitions and flow through their elements and it’s a very solid well put together program where you don’t just see them checking the boxes
  • Rotational lift in the cradle position with a few dance moves into their ending pose

Shibutani/Shibutani: 37.50 TES + 35.11 PCS = 72.61 and into 1st place

  • So much fire from the start of the program and really nice transitional moves with a lot of Latin flair into their rhumba
  • Good leg positions with matching lines and nice stretched legs with good edges
  • Signature lighting fast twizzles were great today and they had good distance between them
  • They hold on to their edges for a really long time in their second rhumba section
  • Cute hip section in the middle gets the crowd cheering
  • Nice speed and great flow through this step sequence with everything very nicely in sync
  • Haircutter rotational lift and a huge cheer from the crowd and a standing ovation

Lichtman/Copely: 29.22 TES + 23.33 PCS = 52.55 and into 3rd place

  • I love this hot pink color on Charlotte
  • Compared to the Shibs, their Latin moves seem more forced and more like choreography instead of flowing naturally to the music
  • They do have nice flow through the rhumba but have a really small height difference so he has to watch how deep he goes in his knees to not appear shorter than her
  • Nice arms and edges throughout the circular step sequence
  • Haircutter rotational lift with her wrapped around his body

Samuelson/Gilles: 26.29 TES + 26.95 PCS = 53.24 and into 3rd place

  • Lots of nice genuine emotion and Latin flavor at the beginning of their dance
  • Flip up to a curve lift with position changes for her and a spread eagle position from him
  • Nice big pattern on the rhumba with good hold on the edges and nice flow
  • A little off on the unison in the first and third sets of twizzles
  • Good matching leg lines through the second set of the rhumba
  • Nice choreography in this circular step sequence with some unique and interesting steps but a few spots where unison is off
  • Cartwheel around to the ending pose

Chock/Bates: 26.36 TES + 29.13 PCS = 55.49 and into 2nd place

  • What happened to his hair?
  • Lots of sizzle and hip action at the beginning of this program–she was born to do Latin
  • Nice twizzles with the leg held in front but they completely lacked unison on them
  • Lots of nice arm movement from her and a nice transition out of the rhumba–really seamless
  • Hop up to two nice positions for her with a spread eagle position for him
  • Good speed and flow through the second rhumba sequence
  • Nice transition with her in a split position on his boots
  • Nice choreography trhough the step sequence but I’d like to see them do a better job of keeping a more constant distance between them instead of drifting together and then apart

Cannuscio/McManus: 30.35 TES + 23.47 PCS = 53.82 and into 3rd place

  • A few of her hand positions in the rhumba could be a bit more turned out
  • Nice twizzles with the leg extended out and a nice movement betwen each other on the twizzles
  • Nice one arm rotational lift that changes heights with a nice easy set down
  • Good speed and flow through the rhumba and I like how she uses her head and shoulders to really sell the sassy feeling of the program
  • They have such great flow and transitions in their program that you don’t see the elements as asll as they are part of one cohesive program
  • I really like the way they attach their program and always seem to give it their all–they also seem to really enjoy the high energy latin rhythms

Hubbell/Donohue: 27.51 TES + 30.05 PCS = 57.56 and into 2nd place

  • I like that they are equally matched in attacking the opening of this program and really selling it to the audience
  • Nice deep edges and good one foot sequence on their circular step sequence with good timing
  • Nice leg lines in the rhumba and I really like the natural use of her arm that just adds to the quality of the sequence
  • Cartwheel up to standing on his hip and twist down to a cradle position–very smooth and very solid
  • They cover a lot of distance on their rhumba  and have really nice edges
  • Good unison on the extended leg twizzles and she is really going after the end of this program

Zuber/Herring: 24.65 TES + 18.48 PCS = 43.13 and into 11th place

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone wear gauntlets with a wrist poof before
  • Her face looks very tentative in the rhumba and she keeps her hand in the hold the entire sequence
  • Their edges are not as clean as Hubbell and Donohue’s were
  • She really drifts away on the second set of twizzles and has an awkward hand position
  • Split on his boot with him holding her top leg
  • Decent circular step sequence
  • They’re lacking the Latin fire that we’ve seen from a lot of the other teams tonight

Davis/White: 38.22 TES + 38.67 PCS = 76.89 and into 1st place

  • This dress is absolutely stunning on Meryl.  It complements her so much better than the orange
  • Love that she is totally in character even before the music starts
  • I think they hit every accent in the music through this opening sequence
  • Really solid twizzle sequence with amazing unison, good distance and speed
  • This middle section with all the hips going into the rhumba is a really nice transition
  • Such deep edges from them, a lot of free arm action with easy changes of hold in the rhumba with a nice transition out
  • Nice unison on the circular step sequence with a lot of coverage on teh one foot sequence, lots of upper body movement
  • Hop up to the lift on his hip and arching back over the ice as he goes into the spread eagle
  • Cool ending transitional lift where she goes through his legs and lands on his hip

Kriengkrairut/Giuletti-Schmitt: 29.50 TES + 26.87 PCS = 56.37 and into 4th place

  • About a half rotation off on their first set of twizzles but back together for the second set
  • At the beginning of the rhumba she didn’t quite seem to get her free leg fully stretched, but it was better by the end
  • Awesome lift–she is laying on his skates, he picks up her leg and pulls her up to a handstand with one leg held to her head in a haircutter; definitely the most creative lift of the evening
  • Nice deep edges through the rhumba and right up into a nice transitional dance lift into their ending pose
Place Start No. Name Score
1 13 Meryl Davis, Arctic FSC
Charlie White, Detroit SC
2 6 Maia Shibutani, SC of NY
Alex Shibutani, Arctic FSC
3 11 Madison Hubbell, Detroit SC
Zachary Donohue, Detroit SC
4 14 Lynn Kriengkrairut, All Year FSC
Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, Ann Arbor FSC
5 9 Madison Chock, All Year FSC
Evan Bates, Ann Arbor FSC
6 10 Anastasia Cannuscio, University of DE FSC
Colin McManus, SC Of Boston
7 4 Anastasia Olson, Detroit SC
Jordan Cowan, All Year FSC
8 8 Emily Samuelson, Ann Arbor FSC
Todd Gilles, All Year FSC
9 7 Charlotte Lichtman, Arctic FSC
Dean Copely, All Year FSC
10 5 Isabella Cannuscio, University of DE FSC
Ian Lorello, University of DE FSC
11 3 Ginna Hoptman, IceWorks SC
Pavel Filchenkov, IceWorks SC
12 2 Brittany Schmucker, Tulsa FSC
Adam Munday, Highland SC
13 12 Meredith Zuber, University of DE FSC
Kyle Herring, University of DE FSC
14 1 Carina Glastris, DuPage FSC
Kevin Allison, Skokie Valley SC