2017 U.S. Nationals: Novice Ladies

Posted by unseenskaters on January 16, 2017

2017 MEDALISTS & final standings:
GOLD – Angelina Huang, St. Peters FSA 48.66 (2) 94.53 (2) 143.19
SILVER – Ting Cui, Baltimore FSC (3) 47.63 95.05 (1) 142.68
BRONZE – Pooja Kalyan, Ozark FSC 47.35 (5) 84.42 (4) 131.77
PEWTER – Alysa Liu, St. Moritz ISC 48.89 (1) 82.79 (6) 131.68

5 Alyssa Rich, Dallas FSC 47.47 (4) 83.42 (5) 130.89
6 Hanna Harrell, Dallas FSC 39.24 (10) 87.45 (3) 126.69
7 Isabella Miller, Salt Lake Figure Skating 43.26 (8) 78.19 (7) 121.45
8 Ilana Sherman, SC of New York 45.16 (6) 72.56 (9) 117.72
9 Audrey Shin, SC of New York 40.12 (9) 75.80 (8) 115.92
10 Emma Coppess, All Year FSC 43.44 (7) 67.35 (10) 110.79
11 Lily Sun, Peninsula SC 36.48 (12) 65.89 (11) 102.37
12 Analise Gonzalez, SC of Boston 37.71 (11) 59.74 (12) 97.45

Novice Ladies FS results/protocols
Novice Ladies SP results/protocols
Top 6 after SP:
1 Alysa Liu, St. Moritz ISC 48.89 (3Lz+3T<, 3F(!), 2A); highest TES
2 Angelina Huang, St. Peters FSA 48.66 (3F+2T, 3Lz, 2A); highest PCS
3 Ting Cui, Baltimore FSC 47.63 (2A, 3T+3T<, 3S)
4 Alyssa Rich, Dallas FSC 47.47 (2A, 3Lz, 3T+2T)
5 Pooja Kalyan, Ozark FSC 47.35 (3F+2T, 3Lz(-1.6), 2A)
6 Ilana Sherman, SC of New York 45.16 (3S+2T, 3Lo, 2A)

IceNetwork’s Novice Ladies FS recap article by Lynn Rutherford for IceNetwork

Angelina Huang and Ting Cui outpaced the rest of a tough novice ladies field at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Tuesday, lifting them to the gold and silver medals, respectively.
The big-jumping Huang, who trains at the Colorado Springs World Arena, hit six triples in her free skate to music from Kung Fu Panda 3, choreographed by Massimo Scali and Catarina Lindgren. The tally included triple lutz and triple salchow done in sequence, plus another triple lutz and two triple flips. She earned 94.53 points en route to placing second in the free skate and winning the title with 143.19 points.
“I’ve really been working on getting my jumps solid,” Huang, 14, said. “The bonus-point rule really encourages us to try new things.”
U.S. Figure Skating awards bonus points for novice skaters’ triple-triple combinations as well as for each different triple jump, including under-rotated or imperfectly landed attempts.
“For the triple lutz-triple salchow combination, I thought, ‘I have nothing to lose, let’s try it at nationals,'” Huang said. “I stayed on my feet and rotated the jumps, so I’m pretty happy with that.”
Huang hails from St. Louis, Missouri, where she was trained by Kelsey Himmel (née Drewel), winner of the novice title in 2001. Himmel joined Huang’s primary coach, Damon Allen, at the boards in Kansas City.
“Putting two great programs together is tough, and no better time to do it than nationals,” Allen said. “We had amped up the program since sectionals, back-loaded it (with triple jumps) and added a triple loop. For her to perform it so well on this stage shows what a great competitor she is.”
Huang credited much of her success to the highly competitive training environment at World Arena.
“I love skating with all the great people; it’s motivating to try to get as good as they are,” Huang said. “Watching Mirai [Nagasu] landing her triple axel is incredible. It would be great to do that someday.”
Ting Cui played the role of Dorothy in her free skate to music from The Wizard of Oz, and her expressive performance helped her gain the highest program components score (38.91 points) of the event. She won the free skate with 95.05 points and the silver medal with 142.68 points.
Cui fell on a triple lutz but hit two tough combinations — a double axel-triple toe and a double axel-triple salchow — and included three triple jumps in the second half of her program. Had she not faltered on her layback spin, which gained only a base level, she might have won the title.
“I just really love the character. I love using a lot of expressions and getting into the theatrical side of skating,” Cui, 14, said. “Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie.”
“It was a personal best, which is all you can hope for,” said Chris Conte, who coaches Cui in Baltimore, Maryland. “The sign of a strong competitor to me is when the chips are down, how do they recover? One mistake can turn into two, or three. The triple lutz has been very good for her, but when she fell on it, she just got stronger on other elements.”
Pooja Kalyan, who lives in Arkansas but trains under Alex Ouriashev and Scott Brown in the Chicago area, climbed from fifth after the short to claim the bronze medal with 131.77 points.
Kalyan included five triples in her Samson and Delilah program, choreographed by Lori Nichol. Although several of them had flawed landings, she still earned four bonus points. She closed with back-to-back superb Level 4 spins.
Like other coaches, Brown cited the exceptional quality of this season’s novice ladies field.
“This is one of the strongest novice ladies groups we’ve ever seen, and I’ve always had many novices through the years,” he said. “Think back a few years ago: You could do triple salchow and triple toe and repeat them, and stay competitive. There were six girls in this group trying triple-triples.”
Alysa Liu, the 11-year-old Californian who held a narrow led after the short program, opened her free skate to Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” with two difficult triple-triple combinations but faltered on several of her jumps and did not gain the program component marks awarded the top ladies. She placed fourth with 131.68 points.

IceNetwork’s Novice Ladies FS photo gallery
IceNetwork’s Novice Ladies SP recap article by Lynn Rutherford for IceNetwork

Triple-triple combinations, triple flips and triple lutzes were flying during the novice ladies short program at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Monday, with most of the 12 entrants attempting one or more of the difficult elements.
“I think this is the best group of novices I’ve seen, ever,” veteran coach Tammy Gambill said. “They are so strong, and they are really fierce. It’s great for the U.S. to have so many young kids coming up with so much potential.”
Coaches credited this overall increase in technical difficulty to U.S. Figure Skating’s decision in May 2015 to award bonus points for novice skaters’ triple-triple combinations as well as for each different triple jump. The bonus system, which was designed to help U.S. skaters better compete with Russian and Japanese athletes on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, awards extra points if a triple jump is clean or under-rotated.
“The practices for these novice girls were amazing; there were five or six girls with triple-triples, and all five triples,” Chicago-area coach Alex Ouriashev said. “It’s a really big improvement. The American girls are getting very strong.”
Alysa Liu, a diminutive 11-year-old powerhouse, led the talented pack after hitting a triple lutz-triple toe combination out of a split jump as well as a triple flip in her energetic “Puttin’ on the Ritz” short. Her 48.89 points gave her a 1.22-point lead, but the top five skaters stand only about a point and a half apart entering the free skate.
The program is familiar: Liu used it last year to become the youngest-ever winner of the intermediate title.
“I’ve been through three short programs this season trying to find one that really fit me, and so we decided to just go back to it,” the exuberant youngster said. “And it worked. Of course, we added much harder jumps.”
The second jump of Liu’s triple-triple combination was deemed under-rotated, but she thinks she can improve on it in Tuesday’s free skate.
“I feel like I can do a bit better, because at sectionals I also under-rotated in the short program, but in the long program, I got it clean,” she said. “I just need to work on it more.”
Laura Lipetsky, who coaches Liu in Oakland, California, thinks triple-triple combinations are required to win a novice medal this season.
“She went out there and did what we’ve been practicing all season,” Lipetsky said. “You have to be competitive, so we went for the triple-triple. She has two triple-triples, including a triple flip-half loop-triple salchow, planned for the free skate.”
Colorado Springs-based Angelina Huang sits second after landing a triple flip-double toe and a triple lutz in her short to jazzy music from the Who Framed Roger Rabbit soundtrack, choreographed by Massimo Scali and Catarina Lindgren.
“It’s been a while since I’ve done a clean short and so I’m pretty happy,” Huang, 14, said. “I picked this music because I wanted to get the audience and the judges engaged, and show my personality.”
“She has been running clean short programs daily,” Huang’s coach, Damon Allen, said. “She’s done the hard work and that helped her feel confident when she took the ice. We’ve really worked on polishing the program, to get that components mark a bit higher.”
Allen, too, credits the bonus system with encouraging young skaters to develop tougher jumps.
“I really feel like some of our novices are stronger than our juniors at the moment,” Allen said. “I think it will really help us field a stronger (Junior Grand Prix) team in the future.”
Ting Cui, who trains in Baltimore, Maryland, under Chris Conte, is in third place with 47.63 points. She included a triple toe-triple toe in her short to the majestic “Yellow River Concerto,” although her second jump was judged under-rotated.
“I really like skating to ‘Yellow River Concerto’ because I can really feel the music throughout the program,” Cui said. “I like how big the music is and how mature it feels.”
Credit Alyssa Rich with good timing: The 13-year-old hit her first triple lutz ever in competition in her short to “Colors of the Wind.” She sits fourth with 47.47 points.
“That’s a brand new jump for her,” said Ann Brumbaugh, who coaches the skater with Ben Shroats in Dallas, Texas. “We wanted to push the envelope. This is the first generation of the jump bonus, and we’re seeing what it’s done for juveniles through novices. This is the toughest group of novices I’ve ever seen. Competing here is something to be proud of, for sure.”

IceNetwork’s Novice Ladies SP photo gallery

COMPETITOR PROFILES (listed by age, youngest to oldest):

Alysa Liu
Age: 11; 8/8/05
Club: St Moritz ISC
Training Town: Oakland, CA
Coach: Laura Lipetsky
Choreographer: Justin Dillon
SP: “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin
FS: “Sing Sing Sing” by Louis Prima
SP jumps: 3Lz+3T<, 3F(!), 2A
FS score at P Sectional: 98.68 (7 triples attempted: 3Lz+3T, 3F-half loop-3S, 3Lo<, 3Lz, 3F+2T, 2A)
She is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate champion.
Her coach placed 9th in Senior Ladies at 1995 U.S. Nationals.

Lily Sun
Age: 12; 4/12/04
Club: Peninsula SC
Training Town: San Jose, CA
Coach: Phillip Mills, Igor Samohin, Sherri Krahne-Thomas
Choreographer: Justin Dillon, Olga Volozhinskaya
SP: “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt
FS: Faust by Charles Gounod; “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens
SP jumps: 3Lo< fall, 3T fell out/no combo, 2A
FS score at P Sectional: 83.94 (5 triples attempted through 3Lo)
She was the 2014 U.S. Intermediate bronze medalist.

Audrey Shin
Age: 12; 3/12/04
Club: SC of New York
Hometown: Northport, NY
Training Town: Lakewood, CA
Coach: Rafael Arutunian, Nadia Kanaeva, Vera Arutunian, Mary Lynn Gelderman
Choreographer: Inese Bucevica, Adam Rippon
SP: “Nella Fantasia” by Celtic Woman; music from The Mission performed by John Williams
FS: Variations from Giselle (ballet) by Adolphe Adam
SP jumps: 3Lz<+3T<, 3F< fall, 2A<
FS score at E Sectional: 95.51 (6 triples attempted, including 2 3Lz & 3F);
82.51 in FS at Golden Bear
She placed 5th in Novice at Eastern Sectionals last year.
She made her Team USA novice international debut at Golden Bear in Croatia and won the silver medal (October 2016).

Hanna Harrell
Age: 13; 9/26/03
Club: Dallas FSC
Training Town: Plano, TX
Coach: Aleksey Letov, Olga Ganicheva
Choreographer: Olga Ganicheva
SP: “Conga” performed by Gloria Estefan
FS: Music from Carmen by Georges Bizet
SP jumps: 3F fell out/no combo, 3Lz< fall, 2A
FS score at M Sectional: 88.38 (5 triples attempted, including 2 3Lz & 3F)
She is the 2016 U.S. Juvenile silver medalist (skipped the Intermediate level).

Alyssa Rich
Age: 13; 7/7/03
Club: Dallas FSC
Training Town: McKinney, TX
Coach: Ann Brumbaugh, Ben Shroats
Choreographer: Ann Brumbaugh
SP: “Colors of the Wind” performed by Tori Kelly
FS: “The Rose” performed by Bianca Ryan
SP jumps: 2A, 3Lz (landed first attempt in comp.), 3T+2T
FS score at M Sectional: 85.96 (5 triples attempted, incl. 3F)
She is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate bronze medalist.

Isabella Miller
Age: 14; 12/9/02
Club: Salt Lake Figure Skating
Training Town: Salt Lake City, UT
Coach: Lisa Kriley
Choreographer: Olga Volozhinskaya
SP: “Booty Swing” by Parov Stelar
FS: “Ritornare” from Corteo by Cirque du Soleil
SP jumps: 3T+3T< fall, 3S, 2A
FS score at P Sectional: 96.29 (5 triples attempted through 3Lo)
She was 2016 Intermediate 8th and the 2015 U.S. Juvenile pewter medalist.

Pooja Kalyan
Age: 14; 11/25/02
Club: Ozark FSC (Arkansas)
Training Town: Chicago
Coach: Alex Ouriashev
Choreographer: Scott Brown, Lori Nichol
SP: “Dreamers” performed by Sarah Brightman
FS: “Mon couer s’ouvre a ta voix” (cello/piano) from Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens
SP jumps: 3F+2T, 3Lz(-1.6), 2A
FS score at M Sectional: 99.37 (6 triples attempted incl. 2 3Lz & 3F);
81.60 at Golden Bear
She placed 9th in Novice at 2015 Nationals.
She made her Team USA novice international debut at Golden Bear in Croatia and won the bronze medal (October 2016).

Ting Cui
Age 14; 9/6/02
Club: Baltimore FSC
Training Town: Abingdon, MD
Coach/Choreographer: Chris Conte
SP: “Defend the Yellow River” performed by Lang Lang
FS: The Wizard of Oz medley for orchestra, conducted by John Williams
SP jumps: 2A, 3T+3T<, 3S
FS score at E Sectional: 86.01 (5 triples attempted, incl. 3Lz & 3F)
She was the 2015 U.S. Intermediate pewter medalist.

Angelina Huang
Age: 14; 8/4/02
Club: St. Peters FSA (Missouri)
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Damon Allen, Kelsey (Drewel) Himmel
Choreographer: Massimo Scali, Catarina Lindgren
SP: Music from Who Framed Roger Rabbitt by Alan Silvestri
FS: Music from Kung Fu Panda 3 by Hans Zimmer
SP jumps: 3F+2T, 3Lz, 2A
FS score at M Sectional: 81.02; 95.56 in FS at UGL Regional (5 triples attempted, including 2 3Lz & 3F)
She is the 2016 U.S. Intermediate pewter medalist.
Her coach in Missouri won the 2001 U.S. Novice title as Kelsey Drewel and they are pictured together in [Huang’s Ice Musings blog interview].

Emma Coppess
Age: 14; 5/5/02
Club: All Year FSC
Training Town: Lakewood/Artesia, CA
Coach: Derrick Delmore, Karen Kwan-Oppegard
Choreographer: Derrick Delmore, Karen Kwan-Oppegard
SP: “Latika’s Theme” (from Slumdog Millionaire) by A.R. Rahman, performed by Suzanne D’Mello
FS: “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” (from The Piano) by Michael Nyman
SP jumps: 3Lo<+2T, 3T, 2A
FS score at P Sectional: 85.52 (5 triples attempted, incl. 3Lz & 2 3Lo)
She is also competing in the Junior Pairs event with Robert Hennings (they won the Novice Pairs pewter medal last year).

Analise Gonzalez
Age: 15; 10/18/01
Club: SC of Boston
Training Town: Revere, MA
Coach: Peter Johansson, Mark Mitchell
Choreographer: Jamie Isley
SP: “Seisouso” from Quidam performed by Audrey Brisson
FS: “Fiesta de Verte” by Elena Roger; “The Storm” by Havasi
SP jumps: 3Lz(e)+2T, 3F(!), 2A
FS score at E Sectional: 74.62 (3 triples attempted: 3Lz, 2 3S)

Ilana Sherman
Age: 15; 9/3/01
Club: SC of New York
Training Town: Riverside, CA
Coach: Tammy Gambill
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
SP: “El Choclo” by Angel Villodo
FS: Music from Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman
SP jumps: 3S+2T, 3Lo, 2A
FS score at E Sectional: 74.90 (4 triples attempted, incl. 2 3Lo)
She was 2016 Intermediate 12th.


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