Starting Order - Short Program
Julia Vlassov & Drew Meekins
Eden Delphey & Cole Davis
Katelyn Uhlig & Colin Loomis
Sydney Schmidt & Christopher Pottinger
Catherine Rigoulot & Michael Jorgens
Lucy Galleher & Justin Gaumond
Lindsey Seitz & Andy Seitz
Tanya Aziz & Chad Brennan
Keauna McLaughlin & Ethan Burgess
Chloe Katz & Joseph Lynch
Mariel Miller & Rockne Brubaker
Aaryn Smith & Will Chitwood
Jenna Yount & Grant Marron
Katie Boxwell & Danny Curzon
||Mariel Miller & Rockne Brubaker
||Chloe Katz & Joseph Lynch
||Julia Vlassov & Drew Meekins
||Aaryn Smith & Will Chitwood
||Jenna Yount & Grant Marron
Keauna McLaughlin & Ethan Burgess
||Sydney Schmidt & Christopher Pottinger
||Lindsey Seitz & Andy Seitz
||Katelyn Uhlig & Colin Loomis
||Lucy Galleher & Justin Gaumond
||Katie Boxwell & Danny Curzon
||Catherine Rigoulot & Michael Jorgens
||Eden Delphey & Cole Davis
||Tanya Aziz & Chad Brennan
The junior pairs short program was the final competition
held on Tuesday, January 11 but this event was the only one held at the
Memorial Coliseum today. This 14-team field was slightly
larger than the other junior fields due to four couples receiving byes to
this competition in addition to the 10 teams qualifying from the 3
Mariel Miller and Rockne Brubaker represent the Broadmoor SC and train in
Colorado Springs, Colorado with Dalilah Sappenfield and Tom Zakrajsek.
Sappenfield choreographed their "Romeo & Juliet" short
program; their performance put them in first place after this competition
stage. Their technical element range was from 4.8 through 5.3
and their presentation scores spanned from 4.9 through 5.4. They
took home first place ordinals from every judge but from Kitty DeLio of
Denver, Colorado who had them 2nd.
"I think training at altitude really helps us as I didn't feel tired
at all out there," he said. Miller said, "I felt
really confident because after being overseas there wasn't as much
pressure. We were in our home country, which is really a comfortable
feeling out there." This team completed 3 and ½ rotations on their
overhead lift, the maximum allowed. He said, "We try to
maximize everything as much as possible." He described their program
as the older non-movie version of "Romeo & Juliet.
The 2005 Eastern Sectional champions Chloe Katz & Joseph Lynch who
train in Bellmore, NY with Adam Leib & Brad Cox skated to Cirque du
Soleil's "Eclipse" which was choreographed by Jill Cosgrove.
They represent the SC of New York and finished this portion of the
competition in second place. Their scores ranged from 4.4 through
5.1 for required elements and from 4.5 through 5.1 for presentation.
This team garnered one first place ordinal, five-second place and three
third place ordinals. They executed a nice throw triple toe and
side-by-side double Axels but their double twist had problems tonight and
they were slightly off unison on their side-by-side spins. She
changed positions for their back inside edge death spiral.
"This was our best short program of the season," said Lynch.
Katz said of the throw triple toe, "I had it this summer for a week,
lost it for a few awhile but I had it the past two weeks."
They felt including this throw did have an impact on their good results
here. Lynch said, "It set the tone for the program and relaxed
us. It also felt really good when the double Axels were done."
Julia Vlassov & Drew Meekins are in their first year as junior
competitors and won the 2004 U.S. Novice pair's title. They skate as
members of the Elite Skating Academy and train in Manchester, New
Hampshire under the tutelage of Laura Amelina and Alexander Vlassov.
Amelina choreographed their "Picante" by Vanessa Mae short
program. They were the first competitors of the night but that did
not faze this team. "," said Vlassov.
Meekins fell on their side-by-side double Axels while she singled hers.
Their ordinals ranged from one second, four fourths, a fifth, two sevenths
and an eighth place ordinal.
She was the only competitor wearing pants. Vlassov explained,
"I like to be a little different and we changed our program (back in
mid-October after their second junior grand prix event) and pants seemed
to fit this program better." Her partner explained, "It was a
little difficult changing our program but it helped the elements remained
the same with just changes to the in between choreography."
This team felt their other program just wasn't working this season.
They noted the novice skaters trial judging this event were using the COP
system so they were interested to learn how they fared from that trial
Aaryn Smith & Will Chitwood skate for the Broadmoor SC out of Colorado
Springs, Colorado and also train with Dalilah Sappenfield and Tom
Zakrajsek. Sappenfield created an instrumental version of Rolling
Stones music for their short program that includes "Jumping Jack
Flash" and "Paint it Black." This team struggled with
their twist during the warm up but did it when it counted. Their
technical element scores were from 4.2 through 4.8 while their
presentation scores were from 4.3 through 4.9. Their ordinals
ranged from 3rd to 9th.
Jenna Yount & Grant Marron of the Coyotes SC of Arizona opted for
music called "Here Comes the Snake" which was choreographed by
their coach Doug Ladret. They currently sit in fifth place after
some program struggles. Ladret's wife Lara also coaches these 2005
Pacific Coast Sectional champions who train in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Yount's famous father is baseball player Robin Yount who is now part of
the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Marron began skating
at age 8 to play the part of a chili pepper at the 1993 U.S. Championships
held in Arizona. His father Hal Marron is an international
skating judge and his mother Molly is a national judge. They grabbed
two third place ordinals along with one fourth place, three fifth places
and three sixth places.
It was very close for the pewter medal with the decision going to a
tiebreaker in favor of Smith and Chitwood when both teams finished with
The junior free skate program takes place on the morning of Thursday,
January 13 at the Rose Garden arena. The skating order for the top 4
(final group) will be Kate & Lynch then Smith & Chitwood, followed
by Vlassov & Meekins with leaders Miller & Brubaker as the final
competitors. Yount & Marron drew to skate 10th in the skating
order, which was right before the final group of 4 competes.