US Nationals: Junior Ladies Free Skate

  1. Ashley Cain: 45.74 TES + 44.35 PCS -1.00 = 89.09 Total: 137.44
    1. She is skating to Music of the Night and is currently in 7th place
    2. Her feet get tied up on her first jump and she puts her hands down
    3. She recovers with a nice triple jump
    4. She needs to straighten her free leg in the sit spin position
    5. She lands a very nice double axel
    6. Another nice triple
    7. A nice triple double combination but a little tight on the second landing
    8. A really pretty layback spin but the biellman position needs a little work
    9. She has a nice arabesqe spiral position
    10. A nice double axel + double + double combination
    11. A really nice step sequence into her final combination spin and I’d like to see a little more flexibility in the catch foot position
    12. A solid program and kudos to her for skating a virtually clean program after her pairs short program this afternoon
  2. Haley Dunne: 44.93 TES + 41.54 PCS = 86.47 Total: 132.57 and into 2nd place
    1. She is skating to the Plaza of Execution and is currently in 9th place
    2. She opened with a nice triple
    3. Another nice triple
    4. She popped her next jump into a single
    5. She has some nice sit spin positions
    6. A nice arabesque spiral position for her
    7. Triple + double + double combo
    8. Nice positions on her layback spin but I’d like for her to fix her hands
    9. A nice double axel + double combo
    10. Another nice triple for her and she follows up with a solid double axel
    11. Nice positions in her combination spin and good speed, although she loses her centering in her final upright position
  3. Nina Jiang: 42.13 TES + 40.68 PCS -1.00 = 81.81 Total: 128.55 and into 3rd place
    1. She is skating to Ladies in Lavender and is currently in 8th place
    2. She falls on her opening triple jump
    3. Spread eagle into a triple + double combo
    4. A nice fast rotation in her next triple jump
    5. A nice wrapped arm positon in her layback spin and she maintains her speed into the Biellman
    6. I’d like to see her really push through this step sequence and really cover the ice
    7. She pops her next jump
    8. A very nice triple double combination
    9. Nice fast sit spins
    10. Nice triple + double + double combination
    11. A good double axel
    12. Final combination spin starts with a nice camel position, good sit spins and an upright spin that never reaches the full catch foot extended position
  4. Alison Timlen: 29.87 TES + 40.57 PCS = 70.44 Total: 115.64 and into 4th place
    1. She is skating to Victory at Sea and is currently in 10th place
    2. She starts her program with her sit spin
    3. She starts her jumps with a nice double axel
    4. A little crooked in the air and puts a hand down on the first jump of her triple double combo
    5. This step sequence seems very slow and small and I’d like her to put some power behind her steps
    6. Landed a little low on her next triple
    7. Some nice positions in her combination spin, especially in the layback position
    8. A little crooked on the next triple but she hangs on to the landing
    9. Two foots the triple in her triple double combo
    10. Two foots and hands down on the landing of her triple
    11. Nice height on her double axel
    12. She seems to be running out of steam here at the end of her program but has nice speed in her camel spin
  5. Elise Eng: 24.28 TES + 37.50 PCS -2.00  = 59.78 Total 103.02 and into 5th place
    1. She is currently in 11th place
    2. She steps out of the landing of her first triple
    3. She falls on the landing of her second triple
    4. She falls on her double axel–the poor girl is having a rough skate but she seems to actually be fully rotating and landing these jumps, perhaps a confidence issue or her feet are just not under her today
    5. A nice recovery to land a double jump
    6. She has pretty positions in her spins and she is a fast spinner
    7. Slight two footed landing on her next triple
    8. A lot of reaching down in her step sequence but some nice accents with the music
    9. Nice air position on her double axel but she turns out of the landing
    10. Double double combination with a step out on the landing
    11. Nice position in her camel spin, good low sit spin and nice flexibility in her upright spin all with good speed
  6. Nicole Rajic: 24.44 TES + 33.71 PCS -3.00 = 55.15 Total: 90.78 and into 6th place
    1. She is skating to La Boheme and is currently in 12th place
    2. She slips on the take off of her first jump and falls
    3. She falls on the landing of her triple jump
    4. Another fall on her next triple–I think the first slip really threw off her concentration but the audience is getting behind her
    5. Some good positions in her sit spin
    6. She lands a nice double jump
    7. Double double and she hangs onto the landing of the second jump
    8. She lands a nice double axel double combination
    9. Nice speed through her spins but I’d like to see her stretch more through her free leg; you don’t see many ladies doing the triangle position in their spins
    10. Her step sequence seems a little slow
    11. Low landing on her second double axel and she has to put her free leg down
    12. I’d like to see her have a more definitive arm in her layback position
  7. Lauren Dinh: 57.64 TES + 44.84 PCS -1.00 = 101.48 Total: 153.99 and into 1st place
    1. She is skating to Danse Macabre and is currently in 3rd place
    2. She is starting with her layback spin and she is a very fast spinner and has some nice flexibility in her Biellman but I’d like to see her stretch her leg a little more
    3. She falls on her first triple
    4. Nice triple flip double toe
    5. A very solid double axel
    6. A very nice triple
    7. A nice triple toe double toe
    8. A nice low sit spin position but she could use a little more stretch through her free leg
    9. A nice triple jump
    10. Triple, double, double loop combo
    11. Some interesting mores in her step sequence and I’d like to see her really put more into this sequence
    12. Nice positions in her combination spin and great speed
  8. Courtney Hicks: 62.37 TES + 51.01 PCS -1.00 = 112.38 Total: 173.22 and into 1st place
    1. She is skating to Malaguena and is currently in 1st place
    2. Great triple triple to start her program
    3. A nice triple salchow
    4. Great position in her layback spin but I’m still not crazy about her Biellman posiion
    5. A nice easy double axel
    6. I’d like to see a better camel position from her but the donut position is nice
    7. Triple double double combination nicely done and very solid
    8. Triple triple sequence
    9. A fall on her triple lutz
    10. Nice difficulty in her step sequence
    11. Her final combination spin including the position she has invented called the Tw-Hicks
  9. Mary Beth Marley: 44.17 TES + 45.10 PCS -1.00 = 87.27 Total: 137.82 and into 3rd place
    1. She is skating to Jealousy and is currently in 4th place
    2. She starts with her double axel and turns out of the landing but doesn’t put her free leg down
    3. She falls on her first triple jump
    4. She skates with so much speed
    5. A little low on the landing of her next triple but she hangs on to it
    6. A nice double axel double toe combination
    7. She has great positions in her spins, nice flexiblity and good speed
    8. A turn out of the first jump in her triple double combination but she keeps her free leg up
    9. She falls on her next triple
    10. A beautiful triple jump with a nice landing to recover
    11. Really pretty layback positions and a nice Biellman
    12. I really like the intensity with which she skates her step sequence and she has a really nice presence on the ice throughout this program
    13. Great sit spin positions
  10. McKinzie Daniels: 47.82 TES + 42.23 PCS -1.00 = 89.05 Total: 138.59 and into 3rd place
    1. She is skating to Spartacus and is currently in 5th place
    2. I really like her dress and it’s very unique
    3. She opens with a nice double axel double toe
    4. She falls on her triple flip
    5. Double toe double toe combination
    6. I’m not crazy about the illusions that so many of the skaters are adding to their spin combinations especially since they can’t execute them in a full split position
    7. Not a lot of energy in this step sequence
    8. A nice triple salchow
    9. Another nice triple jump
    10. Nice layback spin combination
    11. Another nice triple jump
    12. Nice landing on her final triple
    13. Good positions in her sit spins to end the program
  11. Polina Edmunds: 41.39 TES + 42.74 PCS = 84.13 Total: 132.91 and into 6th place
    1. She is skating to Come Fly with Me and Putting on the Ritz and is currently in 6th place
    2. Nice solid triple to open her program
    3. Her feet get tangled up in her next triple and she puts her hand down
    4. Nice easy triple for her to recover
    5. She has great spin positions and good speed but I’d like to see her work on her centering and the exit from the spin
    6. Nicely rotated double axel double axel sequence
    7. Really nice Biellman position in her layback spins
    8. Triple double loop double loop combination
    9. Good triple double combination but a little tight on the landing
    10. I’d like to see her look up more and really perform this step sequence
    11. Nice triple jump
    12. I’d like to see a little more stretch through her free leg in the final sit spin
  12. Katarina Kulgeyko: 47.66 TES + 45.88 PCS = 93.54 Total: 146.62 and into 3rd place
    1. She is skating to Nightmare Before Christmas and is currently in 2nd place
    2. Did she delete a jump at the beginning?  It looked like she set up for one and skipped it
    3. Her first jump was a double axel + triple toe
    4. Nice spin combination
    5. Triple double combination
    6. She gets really low in her sit spin positions but a little bobble on the way out
    7. Double jump
    8. Double axel triple sequence but she turned out of the second jump
    9. I’d like to see more energy and more performance from her in this step sequence
    10. She has really nice landings on all those triple jumps
    11. Double jump
    12. Nice layback spin with a geat Biellman position