Here are some notes for some of the senior ladies at Skate Detroit, from memory. I hope these are correct.
1. Alissa Czisny [63.93]: 3Z+2T, 3F, 2A. Jumps looked completely secure and confident, best I've ever seen them, and her spins looked even faster than last year. Same gorgeous spirals and a level 3 step sequence. Looks ready for this year.
2. Christina Gao [56.35]: 3Z+2T, 3F, 2A. With GOEs, she got the most points on jumps of anyone in the group. Spins looked good too, but overall quality still looks a little juniorish. Still, probably the best I've seen her skate since EGL regionals 2008.
3. Angela Maxwell [54.56]: 3F, 3T+2T, 2A. The combo was intended to be 3-3, and she did it well in warm up but it didn't happen in the program. The flip was gorgeous, though, and the entire program was skated with attack and confidence. I thought she should have been 2nd.
4. Molly Oberstar [51.43]: 3S+2T, 3R<, 2A.
5. Diane Szmiett CAN [46.98]: 3Z fall, 3F hand down + 2T, 2A. I liked the version of West Side Story that she skated to.
6. Natasha Popova CAN [43.13]: 3S+2T high and nice, 3R landed around curve but clean, 2A. I'd never even heard of her, so it was a pleasant surprise.
7. Rebecca Stern [39.45]: 3Z fall, 3R fall out, 2A.
Random note: Meagan O'Leary popped an axel at the beginning and then put in a double axel later. Her announced score was higher than the official posted one, so I'm thinking they had trouble deciding what to do with this.
1. Taylor Firth [52.63]: 3Z fall, 3F+2T, 2A.
2. Amanda Dobbs [50.76]: 3T+2T floaty and easy. It looked like she's definitely got room for triple on the 2nd jump. 2A gorgeous, 2S. Too bad about the double sal, because the program was wonderful, and everything else was really well done. I actually kind of thought she'd beat Firth anyway.
3. Becky Bereswill [49.74]: 3Z+2T nice, 3F fall, 2A. Looked like she didn't hold some spirals and spin positions long enough to get the levels she wanted, so lost a few points that way, but she had the highest components of the group and she looks quite a bit more mature on the ice than last year.
4. Christina-Maria Sperduto [47.24]: 3R+2T, 3S fall, 2A. She was a pleasant surprise; I hadn't seen her skate before. She did a change of edge on her layback.
5. Chelsea Morrow [44.88]: 3T nice, 2S+2T, 2A.