Yacomes, Szabo bring home junior-senior goldsFormer champ Grindstaff wins men's silver; Fenton lands second in ladies
Championship masters junior-senior men's
Turning in what was truly a heavenly performance with maturity and grace to "Ave Maria," Zachariah Szabo of Detroit SC won gold in the championship masters junior-senior men's event at the 2014 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.
A tall and elegant skater with superb line and sensational spins, Szabo skated the complete program that consisted of no fewer than nine double jumps. And while an earlier unplanned combination nullified his double Axel-double toe loop that came late in the program, Szabo was so far ahead of his competitors that he won the title easily with 53.90 points.
Former champion, Davin Grindstaff of the Georgia FSC, skating to selections from Cinderella, took home the silver medal with a fast, light and well-presented program that included eight doubles, including a beautiful double flip-double toe loop. A longtime competitor at the U.S. Adult Championships, it's clear that Grindstaff simply loves to skate, and his joy was present in his performance that earned him 48.29 points.
Third place went to Grant Chien-Hao Huang of the Kansas City FSC. An athlete who always skates with great intensity and acknowledges the crowd, Huang opened with a gorgeous double Lutz-double loop with his arms over his head and completed seven more double jumps to earn 43.66 points and the bronze medal.
Championship masters junior-senior ladies
In the most highly anticipated event of the night, the ladies did not disappoint.
From her opening double Lutz-double toe, Jaclyn Yacomes, Washington FSC, was on a mission possible. Yacomes skated to an energetic, somewhat frenetic pace, spinning, jumping and earning a well-earned gold medal before an appreciative crowd Saturday. Judges rewarded her with 55.94 points, more than enough to win the 2014 championship masters junior-senior ladies title.
Skating last in a 12-woman field, Lindsey Fenton, SC of Amherst, watched the entire competition before it was her turn to take the ice. Opening with a big double Axel followed by an array of double jumps, Fenton skated a confident, clean program to earn the silver medal with 52.20 points. Her double Lutz-double toe loop earned 4.29 points, the highest score of the night.
Carly Harris-Koleczko, Mount Clemens FSC, mesmerized the crowd, performing to an instrumental Beatles medley. She opened the program strong, getting the crowd on its feet with a double flip-double toe loop and almost immediately topped that with a double Lutz-double loop combination. Her choreography was packed with points, and the sure-footed skater earned the bronze medal with 49.30 points.
Regan Alsup, Detroit SC, showed her strength as a skater and rode a late-program double Salchow-single loop-double Salchow combination to earn the pewter medal with 48.72 points.