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McNeil wins Junior ladies title

by Rosaleen Kaye

Kelsey McNeil (NB) won the Junior Ladies title, while Vanessa Grenier (QC) and Amanda Velenosi (QC) won silver and bronze, respectively.

McNeil, who stood in second after the short, opened her gentle and flowing routine with a double Axel, a double Lutz, a triple toeloop-double toeloop combination, and another double Axel. The 15-year-old put her hand down on the landing of a triple toeloop and struggled with another combination jump, but otherwise produced three level 4 spins. She showed excellent speed throughout her routine to Lyra Angelica, and placed first in the long (77.52 points) and overall (120.85 points) to win the title.

McNeil was very happy with her performance. “I felt that I just had to go out there and do my best. I just focused on what I had to do and had a lot of fun.”

McNeil added that she feels she’s improved on her speed and her spins since last season, and is contemplating moving up to the Senior level next season.

Grenier struggled with a triple Salchow-double toeloop-single loop in the opening of her Tango, but came back to land a triple toeloop-double toeloop and a double Axel-double toeloop combination. The 15-year-old later stepped out of a triple Salchow and turned out the landing of a double Axel, but otherwise delivered three level 4 spins and showed good expression throughout her routine. She placed second in the long with 77.05 points, and with a total score of 119.80 points, moved up to second place overall.

“I had a really good week and really good practices,” Grenier later told the press. “I felt comfortable on the ice, and I knew it was going to go well today. I’m really happy with my performance.”

Vanessa Juteau (QC), who stood in seventh after the short, placed third in the long (76.21 points) and fifth overall (116.70 points). The 17-year-old only made minor errors in her routine to Spanish music, which included a double Axel-double toeloop combination, a triple toeloop-double toeloop combination, and a double flip-double toeloop combination. She also landed a good triple toeloop and produced a very good level 4 combination change spin.

Velenosi skated a powerful and elegant routine to Dark Eyes, which featured a good double Axel-double Axel sequence and a triple toeloop-double toeloop combination. The 16-year-old, who showed very good interpretation and character of the music, also produced a very good level 4 spiral sequence and level 3 combination change spin. She placed fourth in the long with 74.70 points, but with a total score of 117.22 points, moved up to third place overall.

Cecylia Witkowski (BC/YT), who stood in 10th after the short, placed fifth in the long (74.16 points), and subsequently moved up to seventh overall (113.59 points). The 16-year-old, who skated to music from Les Retrouvailles by Yann Tiersen, really sold her performance to the crowd. Her jumps, most of which were clean, included a double Axel-double Axel sequence, a triple toeloop-double toeloop-single loop combination, a triple toeloop, and a double Axel.

Rebecca Addison (CO), who stood in first after the short, placed sixth in the long (73.51 points) and slipped to fourth overall with 116.92 points. The 16-year-old, who displayed gorgeous positions and use of her arms, opened her Carmen routine with a double Axel, but then fell on a triple Salchow. She also had struggled with her second double Axel and a triple Salchow-double toeloop combination, but otherwise produced two double Lutzes (one in combination with a double loop), and a very good level 4 combination change spin.

Kirsten Moore-Towers (WO), who stood in fifth after the short, placed seventh in the long and sixth overall (113.59).

Jessica-Amy Sergeant (AB/NT/NU) slipped from sixth to eighth overall, followed by Megan Ure (AB/NT/NU).

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