US Nationals Senior Free Dance

Group 1
Nardozzi/Traxler: 36.54 TES + 35.77 PCS = 71.31 Total: 113.18

  • Flip around his head to a spread eagle with her standing on his leg, a bit of a clunky position change
  • Nice unison on the twizzles
  • She’s on top of her edges through the first step sequence and loses her edge on a transition move and has to step out of it
  • Good positions in the dance spin but they could have more speed
  • Backflip into a lift over his shoulder
  • A little bit of a lack of unison on their second step sequence and a bit choppy in some of the changes of holds
  • Ina Bauer with a flip up into a nice one foot lift with her in a catchfoot

Ponomaryova/Altukhov: 26.77 TES + 22.20 PCS -1.00 = 47.97 Total: 78.03 and into 2nd place

  • Twizzles were far apart, slightly off and a little slow
  • She catches an edge and falls on the step sequence
  • Rotational lift with a change of position but a little slow
  • She needs more stretch through her upright catchfoot spin and they could use more speed in this dance spin
  • Spread eagle carthwheel into a curve lift
  • Everything seems to be a little bit rushed and they don’t seem to be finishing off their movements and really living in the moment
  • Straight line lift with him in a tuck position and her standing on his legs
  • Flip over into a one foot straight line lift with him skating backwards

Gamelin/Gamelin: 32.40 TES + 35.18 PCS = 67.58 Total: 113.3 and into 1st place

  • Slightly off on their twizzles unison and she puts her foot down on the second set and doesn’t get all the rotations in
  • Straightline lift with him in a tuck and a difficult transition with him standing up and flipping over his shoulder to a one foot curve lift
  • Rotational lift in a haircutter position
  • Good ease in unison in their first step sequence but they could get deeper in their edges and get more power across the ice
  • Spread eagle lift and she moves through three position variations but doesn’t seem to have time to really hold and show off any of them
  • Good positions in the dance spin 
  • They seem a bit slow through this end section and I’d like to see them kick up the performance a notch and really get that passionate Latin feel

Donaldson/Jacobs: 20.64 TES + 19.98 PCS -2.00 = 38.62 Total: 62.34 and into 4th place

  • Very slow on the twizzles but good unison
  • Lots of bobbles and choppiness on the turns and changes in hold in the first step sequence
  • Fetal position rotational turn 
  • Good speed in their dance spin but she could work on flexibility and not sickling her foot in some of the positions
  • One leg straight line lift with him in an arabesque and she’s arched back over the ice and wrapped around his leg
  • Spread eagle lift with her arched back over the ice
  • She falls back into the hold in a few places after the turns in the 2nd step sequence and also hikes her shoulders up 
  • Finishing a few beats after their music ends

Tran/Kaplun: 35.45 TES + 31.13 PCS = 66.58 Total: 106.09 and into 3rd place

  • Good unison, matching lines and nice speed and ice coverage in their first step sequence
  • Interesting pattern on the twizzles, he might have come down a little bit early
  • Nice change of positions in the spread eagle lift
  • Rotational one arm lift and she could have a bit more of a split position
  • Pretty positions in the dance spin but I’d love to see her smile a bit through this element 
  • Hydroblade with her standing on his leg in a Biellman position
  • Nice extension with her standing on his leg in an arched split right on the music
  • Nice use of her free arm in the 2nd step sequence, he bobbles one of the turns but gets right back into it
  • Overall a really nice program and a team with lots of potential
Groups 2 and 3 compete beginning at 4:15 EST.

Group 2
Aronow/Brubaker: 40.49 TES + 39.71 PCS = 80.20 Total: 130.55 and into 1st place

  • Nice twist around the his body to a hold with him skating backwards on one leg
  • For being together such a short time they have good matching leg lines but they don’t seem very secure on the turns coming back into hold; they need more speed and power as well
  • A tad bit choppy on the twizzles but good unision
  • Spread eagle lift with her standing on his leg
  • Nice tango feel with the interlocked legs in some of their transition movements
  • Gorgeous spread eagle curve lift with her standing on his foot and arched over the ice
  • Nice positions in the dance spin, good connection, but they could have more speed
  • Nice rotational lift starting in a tango hold with a change of position
  • Bobble on their final transitional lift but they still make it to the ending pose

Cannuscio/McManus: 44.08 TES + 41.91 PCS = 85.99 Total: 142.32 and into 1st place

  • Lots of personality and performance on this opening choreography
  • Good use of the free arm; changes of hold and nice edges and lines in the step sequence
  • I feel like they tried to do too many positions and hit too many accents in this first lift and they never really get the chance to show off a position 
  • Nice one leg lift with him skating backwards with a change of position
  • Nice ease and flow in the 2nd step sequence, clean changes of edge and good unison
  • Nice speed in the dance spin with a difficult change of hold
  • Difficult twizzles with the free leg straight and crossing each others tracings
  • They’re having a ball out on the ice and are really performing
  • Cool up and down rotational lift at the end

Olson/Hubbell: 36.58 TES + 39.41 PCS = 75.99 Total: 130.67 and into 2nd place

  • Great choreography at the top of their program; really capturing the MJ feel and nicely timed together
  • I like the little touches they added between the twizzles to keep the feel of the program
  • One arm rotational lift with her held away from his body
  • Nice speed through the step sequence but maybe not as much difficulty as the top teams
  • She really moves like a ballroom dancer on the ice even in a more contemporary piece like this
  • Think they might have botched that lift as he flipped her over and then held her just above the ice with no leg or arm positions and she looked a little confused
  • Nice positions in their dance spin but they could have a bit more speed
  • She is such a performer and he could bring his performance skills up a bit to match her
  • Neat hydroblade with her laying on his leg pulling straight up into a rotational lift
  • I feel like she’s trying a bit too hard to hit the accents here and it’s making the second step sequence look choppy; they also seem to have trouble getting back into hold after some of the turns
  • Flip rotational lift neat highlight at the end of their program

Cannuscio/Bramante: 37.79 TES + 38.78 PCS = 76.57 Total: 129.08 and into 4th place

  • Nice three sets of twizzles, she might have come down a hair early on the 2nd step; nice choreographic touches in between twizzles to keep the theme
  • Nice rotational lift but a bit of difficulty putting her down and then he bobbles on a transitional step
  • Nice positions in the dance spin but no speed by the end
  • He has a bobble on a turn in the step sequence and has trouble getting back into hold
  • Nice curve spread eagle lift with her standing on his legs
  • Slide into a one arm rotational lift but you can see that it’s dfficult
  • With a lot of these new teams, they have senior national and international experience but for Bramante this is his first time competing as a senior so they’ve really had a lot to get used to in their new partnership and will only get better with time
  • Good rotational speed in their final lift

Hoptman/Filchenkov: 36.09 TES + 36.65 PCS = 72.74 Total: 119.77 and into 5th place

  • Great edges, ease and flow through their first step sequence but not as difficult as some of the top teams
  • Beautiful rotational lift with great changes of position and timed with a musical highlight
  • She loses her blade on the first set of twizzles and bobbles through the second as well
  • Really nice positions in their rotational lift
  • Good speed and matching lines in their step sequence but not a lot of turns into and out of holds
  • Nice dance spin with good speed
  • Split curve lift with him in a spread eagle
  • Back flip up to a really nice arabesque rotational lift

Group 3
Kriengkrairut/Giuletti-Schmitt: 47.71 TES + 47.61 PCS = 95.32 Total: 160.01 and into 1st place

  • I love this color on her and think it’s a superb design as well
  • Gorgeous hydroblade with her standing on his foot and arching back right on the music
  • Their transitions are always so interesting and really add to the program
  • Great connection between them in the second half of the step sequence; nice flow and speed across the ice
  • Spread eagle, she’s laying on his feet and he pulls her up into an upside down lift–super innovative and very smooth
  • Nice performance from both of them on this second step sequence; good edges, turns look clean
  • Nice twizzles with a jump into the first set right on the music
  • One arm rotational lift–looked like she was trying to go for her blade for a catchfoot but couldn’t quite get to it
  • Gorgeous camel position from her in the dance spin with a nice transition out of it
  • Jump twist up into a stationary rotational spin with him on one leg

Hubbell/Donohue: 49.16 TES + 50.95 PCS = 100.11 Total: 167.86 and into 1st place

  • Great twizzles with their free legs out and an arm variation; three sets all in unison and all with good speed
  • Kick up to a lift standing on his leg and a twist down
  • Good variety in their holds and turns in the first step sequence but there are a few places she could stretch through her free leg more
  • Good speed in the dance spin and nice tap of their free legs against each other in the change of foot
  • Heel stretch standing on his foot
  • Curve lift with her arching back while standing on his foot
  • A bit of a bobble on one of the turns getting back into hold; nice job carrying the theme throughout
  • Rotational lift with nice speed and her in a haircutter position
  • Great ending section with good performance and choreography

Shibutani/Shibutani: 52.85 TES + 52.73 PCS = 104.58 Total: 174.21

  • Good speed in the dance spin with a bit of tucking on the change of positions but otherwise very nice
  • Great speed and position in the rotational lift with her in a haircutter
  • A little slow for them on their 2nd set of twizzles but very nice with good unison throughout all 3 sets
  • Spread eagle lift with her standing on his legs and arching over the ice
  • Good turns and edges in the step sequence with nice stretch through their lines
  • Really difficult one armed handstand lift with him in a spread eagle
  • Nice unison and matching leg line in their 2nd step sequence
  • Good speed in the split rotational lift

Davis/White: 58.51 TES + 59.91 PCS = 118.42 Total: 197.44 and into 1st place

  • Nice jump twist into the dance spin with good speed and nice ease in the change of foot and positions
  • Really difficult lunge entry into the rotational spin with great speed and connection between them in the final position
  • Such deep edges and knees in the step sequence with difficult turns and changes of hold and nice matching lines
  • Great distance between them and super fast speed through the twizzles
  • This curve lift in the middle perfectly hits the accents in the music on every position change
  • Love this little choreographic moment for Charlie in the music change
  • Really nice moment with them both in arabesque and skating across the ice staring at each other for several seconds–not enough teams take the time to really create a moment and tell the story
  • Great performance from them in the step sequence and wonderful quality of movement–doesn’t feel like an element at all
  • Great straightline lift stepping right up into a split rotational lift
  • Arabesque stepping over his head into a final rotational lift
  • I love this last moment when they are whipping around on the ice around each other into the ending pose
  • I also love how long they stay in character making the dance go on beyond the music
  • Standing ovation and well deserved
  • Apparently they were only a point off of a perfect score in the free dance

Chock/Bates: 53.15 TES + 51.96 PCS = 105.11 Total: 175.91 and into 2nd place

  • Now they have the unenviable position of skating after Davis and White and are trying to earn their first trip to Worlds together.
  • Nice lasso entry to their first lift with really difficult position changes going from behind his back to in front wrapped around his leg
  • Really nice transition moments from them really showing off their connection
  • Catchfoot front twizzles nice and good unison through all three sets but slow compared to the other top teams
  • Nice edges in the first step sequence and good flow across the ice maintaining their speed
  • A bit choppy in their change of direction and slow in the dance spin but nice changes of position
  • Nice flip around to a good lift right on the music and a great twist flip from standing on his legs behind him and landing in his arms
  • Good unison and matching lines in their second step sequence
  • Interesting stationary rotational lift with her balancing on his foot
Place Start No. Name Short Dance Free Dance Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 14 Meryl Davis, Arctic FSC
Charlie White, Detroit SC
1 79.02 1 118.42 197.44
2 15 Madison Chock, All Year FSC
Evan Bates, Ann Arbor FSC
2 70.80 2 105.11 175.91
3 13 Maia Shibutani, SC of New York
Alex Shibutani, Arctic FSC
3 69.63 3 104.58 174.21
4 12 Madison Hubbell, Detroit SC
Zachary Donohue, Detroit SC
4 67.75 4 100.11 167.86
5 11 Lynn Kriengkrairut, All Year FSC
Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, Ann Arbor FSC
5 64.69 5 95.32 160.01
6 7 Anastasia Cannuscio, University of Delaware FSC
Colin McManus, SC Of Boston
6 56.33 6 85.99 142.32
7 8 Anastasia Olson, Detroit SC
Keiffer Hubbell, Detroit SC
7 54.68 9 75.99 130.67
8 6 Alissandra Aronow, Arctic FSC
Collin Brubaker, All Year FSC
9 50.35 7 80.20 130.55
9 9 Isabella Cannuscio, University of Delaware FSC
Michael Bramante, SC Of Boston
8 52.51 8 76.57 129.08
10 10 Ginna Hoptman, IceWorks SC
Pavel Filchenkov, IceWorks SC
10 47.03 10 72.74 119.77
11 3 Danielle Gamelin, SC of New York
Alexander Gamelin, SC of New York
11 45.76 12 67.58 113.34
12 1 Kristen Nardozzi, Stars FSC of Texas
Nick Traxler, Stars FSC of Texas
12 41.87 11 71.31 113.18
13 5 Taylor Tran, Lakewood Winter Club
Sam Kaplun, All Year FSC
13 39.51 13 66.58 106.09
14 2 Kseniya Ponomaryova, Individual Member
Oleg Altukhov, Escondido FSC
14 30.06 14 47.97 78.03
15 4 Katie Donaldson, Wichita FSC
Brock Jacobs, Wichita FSC
15 23.72 15 38.62 62.34