US Nationals Junior Ladies Short Program

Group 1
Amanda Gelb: 23.03 TES + 20.62 PCS = 43.65

  • Her dress is just stunning with all the crystal work and the grape color looks great on her
  • Double toe  + double toe
  • She’s a really nice, fluid expressive skater but she seemed a bit gun shy on the first jump
  • Nice double flip with a one arm variation
  • Spiral into a good double axel
  • Nice donut position with good transition into the catchfoot camel spin
  • Really nice layback with good speed and picking up speed through the haircutter and into the Biellman
  • Good one foot section in the step sequence with good edges
  • Nice positions and speed in her combo spin
  • Really lovely program except for that opening jump error

Barbie Long: 29.93 TES + 22.12 PCS -1.00 = 51.05 and into 1st place

  • Nice layback spin but losing a little speed and needs a little more stretch through the Biellman
  • Triple lutz really far forward on the toe pick on the landing but she hangs on and tacks on a double toe
  • She could have more stretch through her catchfoot camel position
  • I like the mature look of her program this season and I think it really sets her apart from the rest of the ladies
  • Fall on the triple flip
  • Nice facial expression in the step sequence, good movement, but a lot of ice spray on the edge changes; she seems to be running out of a bit of steam at the end of the steps
  • Spread eagle into a nice double axel
  • Good sit position in her final combination spin but finished just a hair behind her music

Maria Yang: 27.95 TES + 20.80 PCS = 48.75 and into 2nd place

  • Nice opening triple lutz + double loop
  • Good triple flip
  • Really nice camel position into a good catch foot with an interesting transition into a donut but she loses speed toward the end
  • Spread eagle into a nice double axel
  • Good sit position into a nice catch foot and a great sit variation on the opposite leg
  • Nice freedom to her step sequence and good ice coverage but there are still a few places where she could take a moment and finish off movements
  • Nice layback spin
  • Really solid program from her and she’ll be happy with that performance

Brianna Laxson: 20.05 TES + 20.84 PCS = 40.89 and into 4th place

  • Solid opening triple flip
  • Popped open her lutz and didn’t complete a combo so she will get a penalty
  • Spread eagle into a double axel but forward on the landing
  • Good speed in her camel spin and good increase in speed through the donut and catch foot variations
  • Beautiful Ina Bauer
  • Great speed in her layback into a haircutter
  • Nice quality of movement and choreography in her step sequence
  • She seemed a bit choppy in places but an injury kept her from training until September and this was still a good program for her minus the combination jump

Madison Vinci: 22.91 TES + 20.91 PCS -1.00 = 42.82 and into 4th place

  • Huge triple loop but she falls and will lose points for not completing a combination
  • Double flip with a single arm variation and a gorgeous arabesque landing
  • Good speed on her camel spin with nice variations
  • Spread eagle into a nice double axel
  • She is a lovely skater to watch with great lines and she really finished off all the movements
  • Nice layback into a haircutter
  • Good push through her step sequence and nice variety of content but she could really perform it more and play up the spanish tango theme
  • She could use more flexibility through her upright catchfoot position in the combination spin

Olivia Serafini: 24.89 TES + 19.26 PCS = 44.15 and into 3rd place

  • Triple toe + double toe with slight hesitation in between
  • Triple flip slightly off in the air but she hangs on to it
  • Good fast rotating camel spin
  • Good double axel
  • Nice haircutter spin but she needs a lot more stretch in her Biellman and really lost speed
  • She seems be really on top of her edges in the step sequence and she could get more power by using the edges to get her across the ice
  • Good final sit spin with maintained speed throughout

Group 2
Katia Shpilband: 26.06 TES + 19.98 PCS = 46.05 and into 3rd place

  • Good triple lutz + double toe but not a lot of ride out
  • Nice triple flip
  • She has interesting jump technique and leans really far forward on her jump take off
  • Good haircutter but losing a lot of speed in her Bielleman and she needs more stretch
  • Good double axel
  • A little wild on the flying entry to her camel spin but she regains her centering; really losing speed by the end
  • I’d like to see her performance level stay up through the whole program and not just in the in between moments
  • Food final combination spin but a few of the positions could use a bit more flexibility

Amber Glenn: 24.44 TES + 20.84 PCS = 45.28 and into 4th place

  • Triple flip a little scratchy but she hangs on
  • Triple lutz really wonky but she manages to add a single toe
  • Good speed and interesting positions in her combination spin but I feel like she’s not really connected to the program and this would be so easy to sell
  • Double axel a bit off in the air but she lands it nicely
  • Hand down on the step sequence, hard to tell if it was a fall or choreographed but she’s giving more performance here
  • She needs a lot more stretch through her catchfoot camel spin but a good donut position
  • Ok layback position but really good speed in the haircutter and an excellent Biellman

Dyllan McIntee: 22.08 TES + 21.11 PCS = 43.19 and into 7th place

  • Triple loop + double toe–she has some interesting jump technique that’s really going to hurt her especially on the takeoff with her free leg
  • She’s really selling this program and is clearly having a ball on the ice
  • Double flip with both arms overhead
  • Flying camel with a good donut variation but losing all centering and speed through the catchfoot
  • A bit of a bobble in one of her turns in the step sequence
  • Really open air position in the single axel
  • Nice layback spin pulling right up into a Biellman but losing speed

Mariah Bell: 31.65 TES + 24.98 PCS = 56.63 and into 1st place

  • Triple lutz + double toe with super fast rotation and good height on the first jump
  • Really nice triple flip
  • Good positions in her combo spin and she looks like she’s having the time of her life on the ice today
  • Really good axel
  • Nice donut position but losing her centering and speed inot the catchfoot
  • Gorgeous arms in her step sequence and nice quality of movement with ease around the edges
  • The one thing I would fix about this program are the arms in her layback but otherwise she completely nailed it!

Karen Chen: 31.19 TES + 23.15 PCS = 54.34 and into 2nd place

  • Good speed and positions in her camel spin with a good donut position and catchfoot
  • Difficult one foot turns into a double axel
  • Nice position in speed in the upright catchfoot position
  • Triple lutz + triple loop a little underrotated and two footed on the second jump
  • Triple flip a little tight with a turnout and a stepout but doing both of those elements in the bonus should give her a few extra points to make up for those mistakes
  • Great layback position into a gorgeous Biellman that spins at superhuman speed

Polina Edmunds: 34.08 TES + 24.09 PCS = 58.17 and into 1st place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe nicely done
  • Solid triple flip
  • Nice camel position  and picking up speed through the donut and catchfoot variations
  • Difficult one footed entry into her double axel
  • Losing speed a bit through the change of foot on her combination spin
  • She could clean up the exits on some of these spins and add a few finishing details so there’s still lots of room for her to grow in these programs
  • Nice energy in the step sequence
  • Good lay back into a nice Biellman with great speed
Place Start No. Name Score
1 12 Polina Edmunds, Peninsula SC 58.17
2 10 Mariah Bell, Rocky Mountain FSC 56.63
3 11 Karen Chen, Peninsula SC 54.34
4 2 Barbie Long, Illinois Valley FSC 51.05
5 3 Maria Yang, Washington FSC 48.75
6 7 Katia Shpilband, Ann Arbor FSC 46.04
7 8 Amber Glenn, Dallas FSC 45.28
8 6 Olivia Serafini, SC of New York 44.15
9 1 Amanda Gelb, Los Angeles FSC 43.65
10 9 Dyllan McIntee, SC of Phoenix 43.19
11 5 Madison Vinci, Washington FSC 42.82
12 4 Brianna Laxson, Washington FSC 40.89