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Shiraiwa clinches first career JGP Final appearance

Fedichkina settles for silver; Lauriault, Le Gac take slim lead in ice dance
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Japan's Yuna Shiraiwa turned in a personal-best free skate to take the ladies title at the Junior Grand Prix in Logroño, Spain. -Getty Images

Japan's Yuna Shiraiwa clinched her first trip to the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Final and the dance event got underway on the second day of competition at the JGP in Logroño, Spain.

Ladies

Shiraiwa took home her second gold of the 2015 JGP Series with a personal-best, 124.29-point free skate. Rallying from third after the short program, Shiraiwa put together the competition's top free skate to finish with a total score of 186.80. Her free to music from A Little Night Music featured an opening triple lutz-triple toe combination, a triple salchow-triple loop, a triple flip and a double axel. She also performed two Level 4 spins.

Leading after the short program, Russia's Alisa Fedichkina missed out on the ladies title by 0.42 points, finishing with a total score of 186.38 following a 122.22-point free skate. Outside of a shaky double loop midway through her routine, she shined. An opening double axel followed by a triple flip-triple toe combination and a triple lutz gave her early momentum. She added a double axel-triple toe-double toe and a triple lutz-double toe in the second half of her program.

Rounding out the podium was Japan's Yura Matsuda with a total score of 178.98. Matsuda's Swan Lake free earned a personal-best 113.27 points. Matsuda recovered after a fall on an early triple lutz to land her next eight jumps. Her program was highlighted by a double axel-half loop-triple salchow and triple loop-double toe combination in the second half of her skate.

Team USA's Brynne McIsaac (162.24) and Tessa Hong (152.62) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in their international debuts.

Ice dance

French silver medalists Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac are in front after earning a personal-best 61.38 points for their short dance to an André Rieu medley. Their program was highlighted by an opening set of Level 4 twizzles and a Level 3 diagonal step sequence.

Russia's Betina Popova and Yuri Vlasenko sit close behind after coming away with 60.40 points for a short set to music from The Master and Margarita. The duo's score was a personal best behind two Level 4 Ravensburger Waltz patterns and a Level 4 straight line lift.

Team USA's Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit are in title contention with 59.13 points, also setting a personal-best score. Both of the duo's Ravensburger patterns were rated Level 4, and theyr also executed Level 3 twizzles and a closing Level 4 lift during their My Sweet and Tender Beast short.

Americans Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye are fifth after earning 57.03 points.