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Saturday, January 28, 2012

U.S. Nationals: Senior Pairs Free Skate

Fehr/Biver: 26.31 TES + 31.37 PCS -4.00 = 53.68 Total: 85.05
  • They are skating to Spider Man and are currently in 13th place
  • Triple salchow + triple toe sequence with great unison
  • Good side by side triple loops
  • They probably have good unison on their jumps because he taught her her jumps
  • Nice platter lift with her in a catchfoot position
  • Really nice throw triple salchow
  • Hydroblade into the death spiral but a little sideways
  • Hand to hand hold needs some work with her air position and very slow and difficult to get up
  • Double twist was completely vertical and scratchy on the landing
  • Dance transitional lift with her in a handstand on his boot
  • Cartwheel up into a lift with him holding her under her armpits with a bobble on the exit
  • Can't control the landing on that throw double toe
  • Decent unison on their side by side spins but they are really far apart--looks like she may have forgot one of the positions
  • Not a lot of speed through the pairs spin and after the music
Bautista/Harris: 42.96 TES + 39.60 PCS -2.00 = 80.56 Total: 122.72 and into 1st place
  • They are skating to Spartacus and are currently in 12th place
  • Good double twist with nice height and a clean landing
  • Good reach back on their side by side jumps and nice landing
  • Nice position for her in the hand to hand lift with a one arm exit
  • She didn't pull into the rotation tight enough in the throw triple loop and falls
  • Double loop + double toe sequence with good timing
  • Really nice first position in the pairs spiral but the second is a little awkward--she doesn't seem to know where to put her head
  • Overhead lift into the one hand position in an attitude for her and a flip exit
  • Fall on the throw triple lutz but a lot of height
  • Good position in the pairs spin with a good change of direction
  • Her catchfoot positions are lovely in the air but she could use more stretch thorugh the first positions
  • Good speed and unison through the side by side spins
  • Not a lot of rotations in the death spiral
Andrews/LeDuc: 41.65 TES + 42.52 PCS -1.00 = 83.17 Total: 128.52 and into 1st place
  • They are skating to Carmen and are currently in 11th place
  • Nice easy double twist with a clean catch
  • She falls on the side by side triple salchows--you could see the hesitation in the takeoff
  • Wow he gives her no throw on the throw double and she two foots it
  • Nice air position for her and a good catchfoot position with a one hand exit
  • Nice camel positions and good speed and unison through their side by side spins; lose it after the flying variation but get back together by the end
  • Nice one armed lift but it looked a little hard coming down in the one armed exit--I don't think they'll get credit for the one armed exit as a feature for level as they used it twice
  • She two foots the throw triple
  • Nice spiral into the lift but he struggles to get her in the air and it looks like they were early on the set down
  • Good pairs spiral but not in a hold
  • Nice entry to the death spiral but he loses his edge and travels on the pivot
  • She singles the first jump in their three jump combo and it's messy from there with no unison
  • Good positions on their pairs spin but not a lot of speed
Vise/Baldwin: 51.24 TES + 45.08 PCS -1.00 = 95.32 Total: 140.97 and into 1st place
  • They are skating to Legends of the Fall and are currently in 10th place
  • Huge triple twist--way to big for them to control and a really hard and crashy landing
  • Right into a big throw triple with a step out
  • She doubles the side by side triple toes
  • Great air position for her in the lifts with a one arm exit
  • I'd like to see her skating leg more stretched out in the death spiral and her position is completely collapsed by the end
  • She falls on the side by side triple salchows
  • Good rotation and nice exit on the second lift
  • Throw triple salchow right on the music
  • Slow rotation in their side by side spins and loss of unison
  • I can't tell if they were struggling to get up into the lift or if she was in an awkward position being held by one hand on her stomach
  • I feel like this team lost all the magic they had last season when they made a big splash in their nationals debut
Zhang/Bartholomay: 59.07 TES + PCS = 107.00 Total: 156.57 and into 1st place
  • They are skating to Concierto de Aranjuez and are currently in 9th place
  • Good triple twist
  • It's interesting that they keep mentioning Felicia's singles career and her novice medal and not that she is a Junior Pairs Champion
  • Off on the timing of the side by side triple toes
  • Really nice double axel + double axel sequence with great timing
  • Nice extension through the star lift and into a platter but the hold is making her position awkward
  • Good distance between them, speed, nice positions and good unison through the side by side spins
  • Huge throw triple salchow and nicely landed
  • Good pairs spiral
  • Hand down on the second throw triple
  • Nice carry feature in the lift right on the music
  • I'd like to see her death spiral lower with her free leg squeezed in
  • Good final lift with one arm carry and set down
  • Nice speed through the pairs spin with a nice change of direction
Scimeca/Dimitov: 41.65 TES + 41.04 PCS -2.00 = 80.69 Total: 132.62 and into 3rd place
  • They are skating to Unstoppable and are in 8th place
  • Landed over his shoulder on the twist
  • He falls and she puts a hand down on their side by side single toes--they did go down in unison and on the same angle though
  • Nice throw triple flip
  • Nice lasso entry to their lift but not many rotations
  • Nice arch in the death spiral but I'd like to see her lower to the ice
  • She completely loses her pick in the side by side jumps and almost does a aerial cartwheel instead of a jump--really scary to watch but she seems ok
  • Not a fast enough rotation and too tentative in the throw salchow and she falls
  • Nice hip hold lift with a good split position for her and a flip exit
Cain/Reagan: 59.50 TES + 54.11 PCS = 113.61 Total: 166.65 and into 1st place
  • They are skating to Dr. Zhivago and are currently in 7th place
  • Great air position in this first lift with nice stretch through her bottom leg and then nice stretch through the carry feature as well
  • Really nice triple salchows--he ekes his out
  • Double axel + double toe + double toe side by side combo is nicely done
  • Good double twist with a clean catch
  • Good speed in the side by side spins but a lot of distance between them
  • Decent pairs spiral but I'd like to see her hip not hiked up so much in the heel stretch
  • Nice landing on the throw triple flip
  • Good throw triple salchow
  • Nice spiral right up into the hand to hand lift 
  • And right back up into another lift with a nice change of position and a flip exit--they'll want to work on one handed holds and exits as features to really improve their levels in the future
  • Decent death spiral
  • Good position in the pairs spin with nice arms from her and a beautiful arabesque line and nice speed throughout
Donlan/Speroff: 56.98 TES + 56.86 PCS = 113.84 Total: 171.61 and into 1st place
  • I have adored this program since they competed it in summer events.  They really use their ballet look to it's full advantage
  • They are skating to Sleeping Beauty and are currently in 5th place
  • Love the opening finger turn into an assisted penche 
  • Nice fast triple twist--I like that she has a pause for a moment after the toss before she starts rotating
  • I believe she doubled their side by side jumps
  • Press up into the hip lift with her legs in a 180 degree split and into a nice one arm hold in the hand to hand lift
  • Her arabesque line is to die for and so effortless
  • She singles the first axel in their side by side combo jumps but they do the triple toes
  • A little off on their timing in the side by side spins
  • Lasso entry to the lift with one arm hold and a Russian like air position for her and a nice one armed exit 
  • Huge throw triple loop with tons of ice coverage
  • Wonderful death spiral position but not a lot of rotations or a change of hold so they won't get the higher levels
  • Really nice positions in the pairs spin
  • Another huge throw triple salchow with a wonderful landing
  • Nice air position in that catchfoot in the lift with a nice flip exit
  • Gorgeous pairs spiral sequence
  • Nice split lift into a fish to end the program
Poapst/Knierim: 57.76 TES + 55.19 PCS = 112.95 Total: 166.38 and into 3rd place
  • They are currently in 6th place and are skating to Swan Lake
  • Good side by side double axels and into the double toes for the sequence
  • Such height on that triple twist and I love that she hit the top of the throw before she started rotating
  • Difficult entry into that throw triple salchow--hand down
  • Good position changes but not as big of split position
  • Good unison through the side by side spins but a lot of distance between them
  • Interesting and unique pairs spiral 
  • Nice hop up into a fish position and into the throw triple toe with a hand down and not a lot of ice coverage
  • Good positions in the pairs spin and lovely expression from her
  • Nice getting up into the lift right on the crescendo of the music and changing holds with a nice exit
  • Lasso lift with a good position into the catchfoot
  • She seems awfully high on the death spiral and the change hold looked a little labored
Castelli/Shnapir: 108.25 Total: 168.81 and into 2nd place
  • They are currently in 4th place
  • She lost an edge on a transition move but kept going
  • Nice triple twist but not the cleanest landing
  • He falls on the side by side triple toe
  • Nice position in the lift with a somersault exit
  • Huge height on that throw triple axel and she steps out of it but so close!
  • Some of these spin positions need more stretch and they seem a little slow throughout
  • Nice pairs spiral with a really nice stretched out position from her
  • Nice hip lift variation with her legs above her head 
  • He falls on the side by side double axel
  • She has her shoulders really huched up in some of these positions in the pairs spin and not a lot of speed
  • Gorgeous arabesque spiral into a really nice throw triple salchow landed easily and right on the music
  • She is completely sideways in that death spiral and no where near the ice
  • Really nice split position in the lift with a good carry feature and a one armed rotation
Denney/Couglin: 128.82 Total: 189.70 and into 1st place
  • They are currently in 3rd place
  • As a former competitive dancer, I like the rhinestones in her hair, but her eye makeup is a little much for HD tv
  • Nice easy triple twist
  • Easy throw triple loop
  • Side by side triple toes were not perfectly in sync but they did them
  • Off on the side by side double axel sequence but did them
  • Good unison on the side by side spins
  • Lasso lift but not enough split in those positions in the air
  • Nice throw triple flip
  • Good arch but really high on the death spiral and not a lot of rotations or changes of hold
  • She needs a lot more stretch and a bigger split position through the Level 5 lift 
  • Decent pairs spiral
  • The final lift positions are so awkward but a nice death drop exit and ice coverage
Evora/Ladwig: 117.71 Total: 178.98 and into 2nd place
  • Nice triple twist
  • She two foots the side by side triple salchows but hangs on
  • She turns out and puts a knee down on the throw triple lutz
  • She falls on the side by side combo
  • Nice twist around his head into a dance lift
  • Change of hold in the death spiral 
  • Getting into better unison on their side by side spins but they are far apart and the TV crew can't keep them both in the picture
  • Nice spiral into the throw triple loop with a nice landing
  • Nice reverse entry to that one hand lift with him holding her on her leg and a nice carry feature on one leg with a toss down to the flip exit
  • Nice moment for them in the pairs spiral
  • Great press up to the lift with a toss at the top and nice positions and a somersault exit
  • Decent positions and speed in this pairs spin but you can really feel that the magic is gone from the program
  • Nice final lift with a good catchfoot position and a flip exit
Marley/Brubaker: 120.27 Total: 186.07 and into 2nd place
  • They are currently in 1st place
  • He falls on the side by side triple toes and they won't get credit for the combo
  • Nice triple twist a little catch around his neck on the landing but solid
  • He turns out of the side by side double axels but doesn't put the foot down
  • Nice unison on the side by side pins but a little far apart
  • Nice death spiral position with a change of hold
  • Huge throw triple lutz and she nails it
  • Good position for her in the lift through the catch foot and nice one arm exit
  • Good pairs spiral with nice matching positions and I love how long she holds the position
  • Nice change to the split position in the hold and then reversing her position into an even nicer stretch and him on one foot through the carry feature
  • Nice position in the final lift with good one arm position changes
  • Hangs on to the throw triple salchow
  • Nice stretch through the positions in the pairs spin 
PlaceStart No.NameShort ProgramFree SkateTotal Score
PlaceScorePlaceScore
111Caydee Denney, Broadmoor SC
John Coughlin, KS City FSC
360.881128.82189.70
213Mary Beth Marley, DuPage FSC
Rockne Brubaker, All Year FSC
165.802120.27186.07
312Amanda Evora, Southwest FL FSC
Mark Ladwig, Red River Valley FSC
261.273117.71178.98
48Gretchen Donlan, SC Of Boston
Andrew Speroff, SC Of Boston
557.774113.84171.61
510Marissa Castelli, SC Of Boston
Simon Shnapir, SC Of Boston
460.567108.25168.81
67Ashley Cain, Stars FSC of TX
Joshua Reagan, Stars FSC of TX
753.045113.61166.65
79Andrea Poapst, Broadmoor SC
Christopher Knierim, Broadmoor SC
653.436112.95166.38
85Felicia Zhang, SC of NY
Nathan Bartholomay, University of DE FSC
949.578107.00156.57
94Tiffany Vise, Broadmoor SC
Don Baldwin, Los Angeles FSC
1045.65995.32140.97
106Alexa Scimeca, DuPage FSC
Ivan Dimitrov, Individual Member
851.931180.69132.62
113Cassie Andrews, IN World Sk Acad FSC
Timothy LeDuc, Eastern IA FSC
1145.351083.17128.52
122Kloe Chanel Bautista, All Year FSC
Tyler Harris, SC Of Boston
1242.161280.56122.72
131Rita Fehr, Eau Claire FSC
Peter Biver, St. Paul FSC
1331.371353.6885.05

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