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2016 U.S. Nationals Senior Pairs

Posted by unseenskaters on January 21, 2016

CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS Medalists:
GOLD: Tarah Kayne / Daniel O’Shea, both Southwest Florida FSC
SILVER: Alexa Scimeca, DuPage FSC / Christopher Knierim, Broadmoor SC
BRONZE: Marissa Castelli / Mervin Tran, both SC of Boston
PEWTER: Madeline Aaron, Coyotes SC of Arizona / Max Settlage, Broadmoor SC

5 Jessica Calalang, DuPage FSC / Zack Sidhu, Las Vegas FSC (<2 points from 4th)
6 Erika Smith, SC of New York / AJ Reiss, Los Angeles FSC
7 Jessica Pfund, Southwest Florida FSC / Joshua Santillan, All Year FSC
8 Brianna de la Mora / Maxim Kurdukov, both Texas Gulf Coast FSC
9 Alexandria Shaughnessy / James Morgan, both SC of Boston
10 Cali Fujimoto, Peninsula SC / Nicholas Barsi-Rhyne, Southwest Florida FSC
11 Caitlin Fields / Ernie Utah Stevens, both Indiana World Sk Acad FSC
12 Elizaveta Usmantseva, Los Angeles FSC / Matej Silecky, SC of New York
13 Alyssa McDougal, Birmingham FSC / Paul Schatz, Southwest Florida FSC

Final & Free Skate results/protocols (Saturday 1/23 10 ET start time for first two groups/6 teams; 2:35 pm ET start time for last two groups of 7 teams)

Selected to 2016 Worlds: Kayne/O’Shea (debut), Scimeca/Knierim
Selected to 2016 Four Continents: Kayne/O’Shea, Scimeca/Knierim, Castelli/Tran (debut)
Note: Chelsea Liu/Brian Johnson (WD from their Senior national debut due to injury; 7th at 2015 Junior Worlds) are nominated for 2016 Junior Worlds (along with the top 2 finishers in Junior)
Click here for USFS’ press release on the Pairs selections and alternates

Click here to read Icenetwork’s FS article and click here to view Icenetwork’s FS action photo gallery.

Short Program results/protocols (Thursday 1/21)
SP Top 7:
69.61 Kayne/O’Shea 37.94 TES / 31.67 PCS
67.35 Scimeca/Knierim 37.37 / 30.98 -1
64.12 Castelli/Tran 34.31 / 29.81
57.47 Aaron/Settlage 32.05 / 26.42 -1
54.20 Pfund/Santillan 30.00 / 24.20
51.09 Smith/Reiss 27.20 / 23.89
50.53 Calalang/Sidhu 27.45 / 25.08 -2

Click here to read Icenetwork’s SP article and click here to view Icenetwork’s SP action photo gallery.

TEAM PROFILES:

Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage
Ages: 21 & 23 ; (M/D/Y) 10/25/94 & 7/1/92
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: Hymne a L’amour by Edith Piaf
FS: La Boheme by Puccini
Notes: They are the 2015 U.S. pewter medalists. They withdrew from their one Grand Prix (Cup of China) due to injury and their one international his fall was Tallinn Trophy in November 2015. They teamed up in 2010 at the Novice level.
VIDEO: “Behind the Scenes with Max Settlage, December SKATING Magazine cover artist”

Jessica Calalang & Zack Sidhu
Ages: 20 & 24; (M/D/Y) 2/24/95 & 10/21/91
Training Town: Aliso Viejo, CA
Coach: Todd Sand, Jenni Meno
Choreographer: Vitaliy Novikov, Pasquale Camerlengo
SP: It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World by Seal
FS: Romeo and Juliet film soundtrack by Nino Rota (with a snippet from Respighi’s Ancient Airs & Dances in the middle)
Notes: They placed 5th in Senior in 2015 and were the 2013 Junior silver medalists. He underwent 2 surgeries last spring (elbow and hip). They teamed up in August 2010 at the Junior level.

Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran
Ages: 25 & 25; (M/D/Y) 8/20/90 & 9/22/90
Training Town: Montreal, Canada
Coach: Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum (Montreal); Bobby Martin (Boston)
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: Summertime performed by Bob Walsh, Sylvie Desgroseilliers, Guy Bélanger
FS: Medley of Journey songs, including Don’t Stop Believin’ (instrumental and vocal versions), Open Arms and Any Way You Want It
Notes: They placed 6th in Senior debut in 2015, after having teamed up in June 2014.
Click here to visit their Official Website

Brianna de la Mora & Maxim Kurdukov
Ages: 17 & 25; (M/D/Y) 1/22/99 & 9/28/90
Training Town: Sugar Land, TX
Coach: Val Prudsky, Elena Prudsky
Choreographer: Elena Prudsky
SP: Cry Me a River performed by Michael Buble
FS: Beethoven’s 5 Secrets by OneRepublic
Notes: This is their first year together and her Senior national debut. He previously competed for Russia.

Caitlin Fields & Ernie Utah Stevens
Ages: 20 & 22; (M/D/Y) 9/25/95 & 12/31/93
Training Town: Carmel, IN
Coach: Serguei Zaitsev
Choreographer: Serguei Zaitsev, Shanetta Folle
SP: Hugues Le Bars medley
FS: Don Quixote (ballet) by Ludwig Minkus
Notes: They are the 2015 Junior champions and this is their Senior national debut in their second season together.
Click here to visit their Official Website

Cali Fujimoto & Nicholas Barsi-Rhyne
Ages: 24 & 24; (M/D/Y) 5/4/91 & 12/16/91
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston, Jim Peterson
Choreographer: Tracy Prussack
SP: Feeling Good by Michael Buble
FS: Bridge Over Troubled Water, duet by Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige
Notes: They placed 12th in their Senior national debut in 2015 and relocated from their longtime base in San Jose, CA to Florida for training this season.
They have competed together since the Juvenile level (2001-2002 season) – that’s 15 years! Click here to view their lengthy competitive history listed at the end of their (outdated) profile.

Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea
Ages: 22 & 24; (M/D/Y) 4/28/93 & 2/13/91
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
SP: Take Me To Church” by Hozier (debut at Nationals)
FS: Music of the Night by Andrew Lloyd Webber, duet by Michael Crawford & Barbra Streisand
Notes: They are the 2015 U.S. bronze medalists. They teamed up in April 2012.
Click here to visit their Official Website

Alyssa McDougal & Paul Schatz
Ages: 16 & 24; (M/D/Y) 11/9/98 & 2/22/91
Training Town: Birmingham, AL
Coach: Eric Mumper, Danny Tate
Choreographer: Doug Mattis, Heather Mumper
SP: Gold by Fergus O’Farrell
FS: Far and Away film soundtrack by John Williams
Notes: They placed 7th in Junior in 2015 and this is their Senior national debut. Click here to read an Alabama article published after Nationals.

Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan
Ages: 18 & 23; (M/D/Y) 1/9/98 & 2/21/92
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Lyndon Johnston, Amanda Evora
Choreographer: Amanda Evora (SP), Jim Peterson (FS)
SP: Gravity by Sara Bareilles
FS: Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin
Notes: This is their first year together. Her most recent partner was AJ Reiss and his was Olivia Oltmanns (11th in Senior in 2015).
Click here to visit their Official Website

Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim
Ages: 24 & 28; (M/D/Y) 6/10/91 & 11/5/87
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
FS: Elizabeth: The Golden Age film soundtrack by A.R. Rahman and Craig Armstrong
Notes: They are the 2015 U.S. gold medalists and qualified for the Grand Prix Final for the first time by winning silver and bronze Grand Prix medals this past fall. They teamed up in April 2012.
Click here to visit their Official Website

Alexandria Shaughnessy & James Morgan
Ages: 23 & 24; (M/D/Y) 9/30/92 & 1/3/92
Training Town: Boxborough, MA
Coach: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: Greased Lightning & Born to Hand Jive by Polytel Jacobs
FS: Concerto per il tuo Ricordo by Osvaldo Camahue, performed by the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra
Notes: They were the 2012 U.S. Novice bronze medalists and placed 10th in their Senior debut in 2015. They began competing together at the Intermediate level in the 2009-10 season (this is their 7th season together).
Morgan is writing a blog for IceNetwork this season – click here to read his first blog post and click here for his second blog post.

Erika Smith & AJ Reiss
Ages: 26 & 24; (M/D/Y) 7/26/89 & 2/3/91
Training Town: Artesia, CA
Coach: Peter Oppegard
Choreographer: Peter Oppegard
SP: Welcome to Burlesque by Christina Aguilera
FS: Cleopatra by Claude-Michel Schoenberg and David Nixon
Notes: This is their first year together. She last competed at Nationals in 2011 (with Nathan Bartholomay); she was away from competition until this season. He most recently competed at U.S. Nationals with Anya Davidovich (2015 in senior) and Jessica Pfund (2011 & 2012 in junior, 2014 in senior).

Elizaveta Usmantseva & Matej Silecky
Ages: 18 & 21; (M/D/Y) 7/15/97 & 4/15/94
Training Town: Jacksonville, FL
Coach: Daniel Raad, Felicia Zhang, Lynn Smith
Choreographer: John Kerr, Nikolai Morozov, Matej Silecky
SP: Music from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks by Hans Zimmer
FS: Ghost the Musical by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard
Notes: This is their first year together and his first trip to Nationals at the Senior level. He was the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Junior Men’s champion.
She last competed for Ukraine with Roman Talan until Dec. 2014.

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Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier (WD)
Notes: USFS states that “Denney and Frazier have resumed training [following right knee surgery on 4/27/15], but have not had adequate time to prepare for the event.”

Gretchen Donlan & Nathan Bartholomay (WD)
Ages: 22 & 26; (M/D/Y) 11/18/93 & 5/18/89
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
Notes: USFS states that “Donlan is recovering from labrynthitis rhinitis, a viral infection of the inner ear. The team has not had adequate time to prepare for the event.”

Chelsea Liu & Brian Johnson (WD)
Ages: 16 & 20; (M/D/Y) 12/31/99 & 11/5/95
Training Town: Aliso Viejo, CA
Coach: Todd Sand, Jenni Meno
Choreographer: Pasquale Camerlengo, Renee Roca
Notes: They withdrew before the SP draw; no official reason issued yet.

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