2017 U.S. Nationals: Championship (Senior) Pairs

Posted by unseenskaters on January 19, 2017

Link to 2017 U.S. NATIONAL STARTING ORDERS & RESULTS PAGE (all listed start times are Central time)


Free Skate starting order (Saturday 1/21 11:00 am ET start time for Group 1; 2:15 pm ET for Group 2)
Short Program results/protocols (Thursday 1/19 5:26 pm ET start time)
Standings after SP:
1 Ashley Cain, SC of New York / Timothy LeDuc, Los Angeles FSC 69.33
2 Haven Denney, SC of New York / Brandon Frazier, All Year FSC 65.39
3 Deanna Stellato-Dudek, Southwest Florida FSC / Nathan Bartholomay, Southwest Florida FSC 65.04
4 Marissa Castelli, SC of Boston / Mervin Tran, SC of Boston 64.29
5 Tarah Kayne, Southwest Florida FSC / Danny O’Shea, Southwest Florida FSC 61.80
6 Erika Smith, SC of New York / AJ Reiss, Los Angeles FSC 59.30
7 Jessica Pfund, Southwest Florida FSC / Joshua Santillan, All Year FSC 58.05
8 Chelsea Liu, St. Paul FSC / Brian Johnson, Detroit SC 57.02
9 Alexandria Shaughnessy, SC of Boston / James Morgan, SC of Boston 48.64
10 Cali Fujimoto, Peninsula SC / Nicholas Barsi-Rhyne, Southwest Florida FSC 44.84
11 Joy Weinberg, Southwest Florida FSC / Maximiliano Fernandez, Southwest Florida FSC 42.71
WD Jacquelyn Green, Detroit SC / Rique Newby-Estrella, Dallas FSC

TEAM PROFILES (more info to be edited in if/when time permits):

Ashley Cain & Tim LeDuc (debut)
Ages: 21 & 26; (M/D/Y) 7/22/95 & 5/4/90
Training Town: Euless, TX
Coach: Peter Cain, Darlene Cain
Choreographer: Serge Onik
SP: “I Put a Spell on You” performed by Annie Lennox
FS: “The Prayer” duet sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
Notes: This is their first season together. A very informative interview with them was published on 1/18/17: Link to read.

Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran
Ages: 26 & 26; 8/20/90 & 9/22/90
Training Town: Montreal, Canada
Coach: Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum (Montreal); Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall (Boston)
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: Fallin’ performed by Alicia Keys
FS: Medley of Journey songs, including Don’t Stop Believin’ (instrumental and vocal versions), Open Arms and Any Way You Want It
Notes: They are the 2016 U.S. bronze medalists. They teamed up in June 2014.
Click here to visit their Official Website.

Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier (return)
Ages: 21 & 224; 10/28/95 & 11/19/92
Training Town: Geneva, IL
Coach: Rockne Brubaker, Stefania Berton
Choreographer: Marina Zoueva
SP: “Don Juan est mort” (from Don Juan musical) by Felix Gray
FS: Somewhere in Time soundtrack by John Barry
Notes: They missed the 2015-16 season due to Haven’s serious knee injury/surgery. “A Divine Sport” blog published an in-depth interview with them this past fall: Link to read.

Cali Fujimoto & Nicholas Barsi-Rhyne
Ages: 25 & 25; 5/4/91 & 12/16/91
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston, Jim Peterson
Choreographer: Judy Blumberg, Amanda Evora, Jim Peterson
SP: Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 26 III by Max Bruch
FS: Music from The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Notes: They placed 10th last year.
They have competed together since the Juvenile level (2001-2002 season) – that’s 16 years! Click here to view their lengthy competitive history listed at the end of their (outdated) profile.

Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea
Ages: 23 & 25; 4/28/93 & 2/13/91
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer: Judy Blumberg, Jim Peterson
SP: Take Me To Church” by Hozier (debut at Nationals)
FS: A Song of India by Rimsky-Korsakov and Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky
Notes: They are the 2016 U.S. champions. They teamed up in April 2012.
Click here to visit their Official Website.

Chelsea Liu & Brian Johnson (debut)
Ages: 17 & 21; 12/31/99 & 11/5/95
Training Town: Aliso Viejo, CA
Coach: Todd Sand, Jenni Meno, Christine Fowler-Binder, John Nicks
Choreographer: Renee Roca
SP: “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Black or White” by Michael Jackson
FS: Music from Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken
Notes: They were unable to make their senior national debut last year due to injury.

Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan
Ages: 19 & 24; 1/9/98 & 2/21/92
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer: Lyndon Johnston, Emilie Connors
SP: “Purple Rain” by Stacy Francis and Prince
FS: “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (from Evita) performed by Madonna
Notes: This is their second season together.
The “Ice Musings” blog featured a pre-Nationals interview with them: Link to read.

Alexandria Shaughnessy & James Morgan
Ages: 24 & 25; 9/30/92 & 1/3/92
Training Town: Boxborough, MA
Coach: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Mike Cook
Choreographer: Massimo Scali, Julie Marcotte
SP: The Prophet by Gary Moore
FS: Nella Fantasia (music from The Mission) performed by Amici Forever
Notes: They were the 2012 U.S. Novice bronze medalists and placed 9th last year. They began competing together at the Intermediate level in the 2009-10 season (this is their 8th season together).

Erika Smith & AJ Reiss
Ages: 27 & 25; 7/26/89 & 2/3/91
Training Town: Boxborough, MA
Coach: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Edouard Pliner (before his passing in 2016), Dmitri Kazarlyga, Konstantin Kostin, Michael Cook
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
FS: Music from Maleficent by James Newton Howard and “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
Notes: This is their second year as a team after having placed 6th in their Senior debut together last year.

Deanna Stellato & Nathan Bartholomay (debut)
Ages: 33 & 27; 6/22/83 & 5/18/89
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
SP: Canadian Tenors medley: “Hallelujah” (composed by Leonard Cohen)
FS: Music from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Notes: The Bradenton (Florida) Herald published an excellent article on 1/16/17 titled “After a 16-year retirement, Deanna Stellato returns to national figure skating stage”: Link to read.

Joy Weinberg & Maximiliano Fernandez (debut)
Ages: 20 & 21; 9/20/96 & 9/29/95
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: John Zimmerman, Silvia Fontana, Jeremy Barrett, John Kerr
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
SP: “Turn to Stone” by Ingrid Michelson
FS: Music from Daphnis et Chloe by Maurice Ravel
Notes: The are the 2016 U.S. Junior champions. This is their second year together; they switched coaches earlier this season.


Jacquelyn Green & Rique Newby-Estrella (WD)
Ages: 18 & 21; 10/12/98 & 6/20/95
Training Town: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coach: Craig Joeright, Laura Lepzinski, Matt Blackmer
Choreographer: Massimo Scali
SP: “The Essential Aerosmith” by Aerosmith
FS: Music from Unbroken by Alexandre Desplat
Notes: They were 2016 Junior 5th place and the 2015 U.S. Novice bronze medalists. They won the silver medal in their junior international debut in Riga, Latvia in Nov. 2015. This would have been their Senior debut nit they have withdrawn.


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