What would Emily bring to her competitive career if she got that vacant post at SA? It would have her skip Regionals and Sectionals, and be eligible for US Nats. That's strategy, yes.... but I think she's over the hill and will waste the time of others who have something to gain.
What would Alexei or Becky (the underdogs, if anyone favors underdogs) bring to their competitive career. A chance to go out there and come back a STAR. Not saying either will podium, but it will be a step towards going into US Nats with more confidence. Very important for the potential of a future skater and not for a has-been.
I don't see Emily skating any better than the two underdogs.
I will not count anyone, and that includes Emily, out this season.
But in general, I do agree that the vacant SA spot should go to one of the other ladies that does well in her competition.
I do like the underdog story. For that reason, I will stand behind the person who I believe has the steepest hill to climb.