Starting Order - Free Skating
Free Skating Placements
Fourteen year olds, Kimberly Meissner of Univ. of Delaware FSC and Katy
Taylor of the Texas Gulf Coast FSC share the same month and year for
birthdays. Meissner won gold last year in Novice Ladies and this
year is the 2004 Junior Ladies champion. Taylor also took home the
silver medal in Novice ladies and is now the 2004 Junior Ladies silver
medallist. Both competitors plan to move up to the senior ladies
ranks for 2005, where their very friendly rivalry should continue.
Both ladies medaled on the Junior Grand Prix circuit this season, also
gaining some valuable international recognition and experience.
Meissner's program to "Pines of Rome" included two triple Lutzes
including one with a triple toe loop jump, and four other triples.
She skated with grace and style and earned marks ranging from 5.3 through
5.5 for technical merit and 5.3 through 5.5 for presentation. She
took home every first place ordinal. When asked to compare her
novice and junior titles, she responded, "This one means more because
I'm one level below senior and it helps me feel a lot better going into
She trains with Pam Gregory in Newark, Delaware. She had only one
error in her free skating program. "My only mistake was the last
triple Salchow." Meissner said. "I popped it, and I was a little
disappointed with that. My overall performance was pretty good so I didn't
really worry about it."
Taylor included a second triple Lutz in the final five seconds of her
program. When asked how that she was able to do that, she responded,
"Practice. Endurance. Back-to-back programs. Stroking a lot."
She received nine-second place ordinals and marks ranging from 5.1 through
5.3 for technical merit and from 5.0 through 5.4 for presentation.
She trains in Sugarland, Texas with Jana Vackar - Conter, who also
choreographed her "American Medley" free skate. Taylor
said of her routine, "Some things were a little shaky (two jump
landings) but I think this was definitely my best performance."
The three junior ladies medalists giggled when a reporter asked if they
would be medaling in 2005. "OK," Taylor said with a giggle.
Meissner then added with a laugh, "Yeah, that's fine."
When asked what it would take to win, she said a quad with a smile.
Taylor added," I don't think we have to have it (quad) but it would
definitely help. More artistry and jumps would help, too."
Neither has yet tackled that jump yet but Taylor works on the triple Axel
on the harness.
Taylor does not include the triple toe loop in her programs because she
taught herself that jump with a friend while Conter was out of time and
they have had difficulty with correcting technique problems for that jump.
Brianna Perry of the Colonial FSC, the 2004 Junior Ladies bronze medallist
earned eight third place ordinals and a fifth place ordinal from Glenace
Cohen of Castle Rock, Colorado. She is the 2004 Eastern
Sectionals champion and trains with Evy and Mary Scotvold. Her
program to music from Cirque de Soliel was choreographed by Mary
Wanamaker. Her marks ranged from 4.6 through 4.9 for technical merit
and from 4.7 through 5.1 for presentation.
This fifteen year old is currently undecided on her competitive level for
next season. She landed all her jumps except for the triple loop.
Perry said, "During my slow piece I went to do a triple loop. I
landed it in warm-up so I was a little upset I fell on it. It was good all
week. I felt pretty good about my performance but it definitely could have
been better. It could always be better, something to work on."
She skates with a graceful lightness
Erin Reed of the Wasatch FSC pulled up to fourth place in the free skate
and fourth overall for the pewter medal with her program to music from the
"Road to Perdition" soundtrack and Vanessa Mae's "Devil's
Trill." She had been sixth in the short program.
She received on third place ordinal, six fourth placements and two fifth
place ordinals to easily take fourth place in the free skating. Her
marks ranged from 4.6 through 4.9 for technical merit and 4.7 to 5.1 for
Shanell Noji of All Year FSC also skated to music from soundtracks,
utilizing "Titanic" and "Legends of the Fall."
She dropped from fourth place to fifth in the free skate and overall after
falling on her triple Lutz attempt. She and Reed both had combined
factored placements of 7.0 from combining both programs but the pewter
medal went to Reed for her stronger free skate. Noji now trains with
John Nicks. In this performance Noji didn't not hold out her moves on her
skating elements for maximum effect but instead seemed to rush from one to
In third place after the short program, Julian Burns of the Capital City
FSC struggled with her jumps and slipped to sixth in the free skate and
sixth overall with her "Spanish Rhapsody" free skate.