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Alexandrovskaia, Windsor punch ticket to JGP Final

Kostornaia edges countrywoman Panenkova; Skoptcova, Aleshin take lead
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With a first- and a fourth-place finish in this season's Junior Grand Prix Series, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaia and Harley Windsor of Australia secured a spot in the JGP Final for the second year in a row. -Getty Images

Russian Alena Kostornaia won gold in her Junior Grand Prix debut, while Australians Ekaterina Alexandrovskaia and Harley Windsor claimed victory in pairs to earn a trip to the JGP Final on the second day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix in Gdańsk, Poland.

Pairs

Improving on their fourth-place finish at JGP Latvia, Alexandrovskaia and Windsor solidified their spot at the series-ending event in Nagoya, Japan, this December. Despite a fall on their triple toes, the Australian pair earned 106.26 points for their free skate to music from The Mask, and they led the pack with a total of 167.26.

The Russian teams of Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin, and Anastasia Poluianova and Dmitri Sopot held onto their second and third places, respectively. Skating to Chicago, Pavliuchenko and Khodykin earned three Level 4's for their performance, and they departed Poland with a total of 164.80. Bronze medalists Poluianova and Sopot performed their free skate to music by Metallica, and they concluded the week with an overall score of 159.18.

For the United States, Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov scored 19.93 points higher than their previous personal best, set in Latvia. With a 99.12-point free skate and a 150.65-point total, the pair finished fifth.

Countrymen Alexandria Yao and Jacob Simon pulled up from a 13th-place finish in the short program to land 11th overall in their international debut.

Ladies

Kostornaia held onto her lead after the short program to win the ladies title with 197.91 points. Completing all but one of her jumping passes in the second half of her program, Kostornaia racked up 128.75 points for her free skate to "Stella's Theme" by William Joseph.

Daria Panenkova took first place in the free skate to close the margin between herself and Kostornaia, but it wasn't quite enough to lift her out of the runner-up spot. Starting with a triple lutz-triple toe, she performed every jumping pass in her "Ne me quitte pas" free cleanly, and past the midway point of the program. Combined with her triumph in Latvia, the Russian earned a spot at the JGP Final.

Japan's Rino Kasakake completed the podium, taking bronze with a total of 170.90 points. She executed five clean triple jumps and three Level 4 spins throughout her Beauty and the Beast free.

Representing the United States, Emmy Ma scored 103.45 points in the free skate, and she pulled up from sixth place after the short to finish fifth overall.

Ice dance

Russians Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin took the lead in ice dance after receiving Level 4's across the board for their short. They scored a new personal best of 64.63, resulting in a 5.6-point cushion over runners-up Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov.

Americans Caroline Green and Gordon Green sit in third. They showed improvement since their last competition, setting a new personal best of 55.43 points and ending with a Level 4 rotational lift.

Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein of the United States are in 12th.