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    U.S. Sectional Championships 11/09/10 - 11/13/10

    I'm excited about this, well actually I'm only excited about Eastern Sectional Championships because Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff are scheduled to skate there on Friday, November 12th, at 10:40AM EST. And then the FS is the next day, which I won't be able to see because I will be at Skate America (hopefully when I get back IN will have it on-demand).

    I just really like this pair, they are the only ones that have caught my eye thus far.

    Here is their SP to "Moonlight Sonata" (shades of a very young Katia & Sergei): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPZaXsnsi2I

    And their FS is skated to Led Zeppelin (one of my all-time fav rock bands): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epf9vM0AIOk

    Their split triple twist is amongst the very best, and so is their throw triple salchow. And Gretchen does their throw double loop so easy that I can easily see her adding an extra revolution in there. The lifts are decent, could be better with more variety. So the only real problem I see is their side by side jumps, which definitely need A LOT of work.

    He's 22 and she'll be 17 in a few weeks time, so they do have time, but now's the time to really make an impression at Nationals, their first in Seniors if I'm not mistaken. I'm hoping a Top 5 finish for them (crossing my fingers).

    ETA: I just now watched some old archive footage of them on IN (think they've only been together a little more than a year), and I was shocked to see how different Gretchen looks now than she did at 2010 US Jr. Nationals. I didn't even recognize her. She looks to have lost about 10-15 pounds. I just naturally assumed that she was built fey-like, ala Katia Gordeeva at that age. The change looks good on her I must say.

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    I like them too! Good luck to them at Easterns!

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    Is there a link to the competitors skating at Eastern Sectionals? and the different event times? I have Veteran's day off and would like to make it a day of skating.

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    I've added competitors' scores from Regionals and internationals, plus club comps, to my Sectionals pages -- here are links (include links to event info and starting orders, etc.):

    Easterns (starting orders are up)

    Midwesterns (starting orders are up)

    Pacific Coasts (starting orders are up)
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    Thank you very much, Sylvia! What a great job

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    I really like all your Unseen Skaters work, Sylvia.

    Something interesting I noticed was some region-switching in at least one team. I pay attention to the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy teams because I find it interesting how successful the program is, especially how young some of the dancers are. I was looking at the rosters to see when the two Junior level teams (Pham/Pham and McNamara/Carpenter) were up at Easterns and couldn't spot the latter. No one was on IcePartnerSearch, and there didn't seem to be injury reports. Then I checked your Pacific Coasts rosters and saw that apparently Lorraine McNamara is now registered with a PC club instead of the Washington FSC. Probably to decrease the amount of competition in the one region, since Easterns has two successful JGP competitive teams and a few other up-and-comers while Coasts seems to have less known-as-successful teams.

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    I have heard from a very reliable source that Andrew Speroff had an accident earlier this week in practice and cut the back of his leg with his blade. He was on crutches for two days because he could not put any weight on his leg and has not been able to skate. Because of this Andrew and Gretchen will only step on the ice for the short and long so that they can qualify for Nationals. Wishing him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them both at Nationals

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    That's very sad news

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    Thanks so much for that piece of news, Mystic, my heart goes out to him & his partner Gretchen (this kinda reminds me of Evan Bates more serious injury to his achilles heel). :( Seems like I'm not the only one to have encountered bad luck this week.

    The good news is that they have plenty of time to prepare for Nationals! And they automatically qualify. (:^)

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOO DONLAN & SPEROFF!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    Thanks so much for that piece of news, Mystic, my heart goes out to him & his partner Gretchen (this kinda reminds me of Evan Bates more serious injury to his achilles heel). :( Seems like I'm not the only one to have encountered bad luck this week.

    The good news is that they have plenty of time to prepare for Nationals! And they automatically qualify. (:^)

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOO DONLAN & SPEROFF!!!!!!!!
    I find it funny that they still actually got PCS for just getting on the ice.

    Hope Andrew heals up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemistry66 View Post
    I find it funny that they still actually got PCS for just getting on the ice.
    I know, I find it funny they even HAVE to get on the ice. Imagine if he was still on crutches and had to hobble out there?

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    They ended with a total score of 6-point-something.

    Meaning they got 5 points PCS for the free skate.

    What in the world would cause the judges to even give PCS for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemistry66 View Post
    They ended with a total score of 6-point-something.

    Meaning they got 5 points PCS for the free skate.

    What in the world would cause the judges to even give PCS for this?
    Donlan/Speroff did skate a bit at the beginning of their FS and performed their opening choreography moves.

    Compilation of all qualifiers to Nationals via Sectionals, plus byes: http://unseenskaters.wordpress.com/nationals/

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    Wow! thanks for the definitive list of all the qualifiers, Sylvia!

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    As always...thank you for your devotion, Sylvia!

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