Addison leads junior ladies at Canadian Nationals

Rebecca Addison of Central Ontario was the winner of the ladies short program with 43.41 points. The 16-year-old displayed an easy flow and lightness in her routine to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, showing very good expression throughout. She landed a triple Salchow-double toeloop combination, a double loop, and a double Axel. The 2007 Novice silver medalist also produced a good level 3 straightline footwork sequence and level 4 combination change spin.

Less than a tenth of point behind is Kelsey McNeil with 43.33 points. The teen from New Brunswick showed exceptional spins in her routine to I Could Have Danced All Night, and expressed the character and flow of the music beautifully. The 15-year-old executed a triple toeloop-double toeloop combination, a double Axel, and a double loop, as well as a good level 4 spiral sequence and level 3 straightline footwork.

Vanessa Grenier of Quebec is in third place with 42.75 points after her performance to The Way Old Friends Do. The 15-year-old produced two good level 4 spins, but struggled with her triple Salchow-double toeloop combination. The 2007 Novice bronze medalist otherwise delivered a double Axel, a double loop, and nice level 3 layback spin.

Amanda Velenosi, who is also competing in the Senior Pairs division with Mark Fernandez, placed fourth in the short with 42.63 points. The 16-year-old nailed her opening double Axel, but then made mistakes on her triple toeloop-double toeloop combination. The teen from Quebec also had problems with her flying sit spin, but otherwise produced a beautiful level 3 layback spin.

Kirsten Moore-Towers (WO) opened her soft and lyrical routine with a very good triple Salchow-double toeloop combination followed by a good double loop and double Axel. However, the 15-year- old received low levels on her spins and footwork and is currently in fifth place with 41.90 points.

Jessica-Amy Sergeant is in sixth (40.72 points), followed by Vanessa Juteau (QC) who has 40.49 points.

The top five Junior ladies are all first year Juniors.

Vanessa Crone, who is currently in 12th place, is also competing in the Senior Ice Dance division with Paul Poirier (who is skating in the Junior’s men division).

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