US Nationals: Novice Mens Short Program

  1. Andrew Nagode: 21.22 TES + 19.64 PCS = 40.86
    1. He is 15 years old and is skating to Warsaw Concerto
    2. Nice opening triple double with good height and good flow out of the jump
    3. Nice triple jump and he hangs on to the landing
    4. Good low sit spin positions but he could use more speed toward the end
    5. Good double axel, possibly slightly two footed landing
    6. Into his footwork sequence and I’d like to see a little more variety with his movement and for it to fit better with the music–its speeding up but he’s not
    7. Nice camel position into a low sit spin with good speed, he could use more extension through his final position
  2. Jack Newberry: 16.26 TES + 18.87 PCS = 35.13 and into 2nd place
    1. He is 15 years old and is skating to Malaguena
    2. Nice high jump to start his program but he seems to open early, two foots the landing but manages to tack on a double for the combo
    3. Nice double jump
    4. He could be lower in his sit spin position and could use more speed
    5. His footwork sequence looks a little labored and he appears to be looking down at the ice
    6. Nice solid double axel
    7. Nice positions in his combination spin but he seems to lose his centering and travels a lot
  3. Marcus Mimidis: 16.23 TES + 18.30 PCS = 34.53 and into 3rd place
    1. He is 17 years old and is skating to Live and Let Die
    2. Big triple-double combination to open his program
    3. He pops open his sol jump
    4. His footwork sequence looks a little labored but I appreciate the variety
    5. Nice low sit spins with good speed
    6. He turns out of his double axel
    7. His leg seems a little low in his camel position and his sit position seems wobbly and his upright spin comes almost to a stop but the position is nice
  4. Nix Phengsy: 23.12 TES + 20.76 PCS = 43.88 and into 1st place
    1. He is 15 years old and is skating to Hommage Aux Marquises
    2. Nice air on his opening triple but he can only do a single for the combination
    3. Nice solo triple with a good landing
    4. I like his step sequence as he makes it look easy and it flows seamlessly into the program
    5. Nice height on his double axel
    6. Some really nice sit spin positions but he could use a bit more speed
    7. Good positions in his combination spin
  5. Spencer Howe: 20.53 TES + 19.55 PCS = 40.08 and into 3rd place
    1. He is 14 years old and skating to The Race
    2. Nice triple double to open his program
    3. He looked slightly crooked in the air in his solo triple but it was landed without a problem
    4. Nice sit spin positions but he could use a little more speed through his last position
    5. I’d like him to perform this step sequence a bit more as this is such a great piece of music and a fun section
    6. He lands a really nice double axel
    7. Good camel position but slow, he picks up speed through the sit spin section but loses his centering
  6. Jordan Moeller: 23.53 TES + 21.52 PCS = 45.05 and into 1st place
    1. He is 15 years old and skating to Little Wing
    2. Nice triple double combination at the top of the program
    3. Nice height on his double axel
    4. Nice low sit spin positions with good speed
    5. Solo triple was nicely done
    6. Good speed through his footwork sequence and he’s putting some performance in here
    7. Nice camel position and good low sit spins
  7. Kevin Shum: 18.40 TES + 18.46 PCS = 36.86 and into 5th place
    1. He is skating to Bach Cello Suite Number 1
    2. He two footed the landing on his opening triple and possibly under rotated
    3. He has a really nice low sit spin position
    4. Nice triple double combination
    5. Nice double axel
    6. He has a good camel position and good speed through his last combination spin and nice positions
  8. Lukas Kaugars: TES + PCS = 46.43 and into 1st place
    1. He is 15 years old and is skating to Fiddler on the Roof
    2. He has a really nice ease of movement in his upper body
    3. Great height on his opening triple double combination with one arm variation on the second jump
    4. Nice solo triple jump
    5. He is putting a lot of personality into this second section of his program
    6. Solid double axel
    7. Nice low sit spin position
    8. Good choreography through his step sequence but Id like to see more from him facially
    9. Nice positions in his combination spin but he could use more speed
  9. Troy Tomasello: 20.11 TES + 20.03 PCS = 40.14 and into 5th place
    1. He is 16 years old and skating to Beetlejuice
    2. Nice triple double combo with the one arm overhead on the second jump
    3. Nice camel spin position and interesting sit positions with good speed
    4. Great height and flow on his solo triple
    5. Nice footwork sequence well choreographed to the music
    6. I’d like to see him having a little more fun with this program since the music is quirky
    7. Popped open his axel jump
    8. Great camel position and good speed but he loses his centering in the second position
  10. Alexander Bjelde: 21.26 TES + 20.93 PCS = 42.19 and into 4th place
    1. He is 15 years old and skating to Quantum of Solace
    2. Huge height on his first jump but he only does a double double combo
    3. Nice low sit spin positions with good speed
    4. Nice solo triple jump
    5. Great speed through his sit spins into his upright and back into the sit spins
    6. Nice double axel
    7. His step sequence is choreographed nicely to match the intensity of the music but I’d like to see his performance brought up to that level as well
  11. Nathan Chen: 27.17 TES + 25.30 PCS = 52.47 and into 1st place
    1. He is 11 years old and is skating to Rawhide
    2. So much personality in the choreography of his programs
    3. Great camel and donut positions and great speed through the spin
    4. Opening double axel well done with his arms held in
    5. Great solo triple
    6. Great triple double combination
    7. He’s really turning on the charm here in his footwork and the choreography really matches the music and the program and theres a lot of variety and difficulty
    8. Nice camel spin positions and sit spin positions with a ton of speed
    9. This kid makes everything look so easy and looks like he’s having a ton of fun on the ice.  He’s getting a standing ovation from the crowd.  He reminds me a lot of Sui from China: tiny but huge personality on the ice and unmatched technical skills!
  12. Cale Ambroz: 16.79 TES + 19.03 PCS = 35.82 and into 10th place
    1. He is 16 years old and skating to Toccata and Fugue
    2. Nice opening triple double combo
    3. Solid double axel with a nice landing
    4. He two foots the landing of his solo triple
    5. Good sit spin positions and good speed
    6. Nice camel position into a good sit spin but he seems to lose his centering in the change of foot and loses his speed at the end of the spin
    7. He has a stumble out of his ending pose but catches himself before he falls