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Passionate tango lifts Sterlace, Durango to title

Daichman, Sitiks take silver; Freedman, Sergeev capture bronze
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Shay Sterlace (Colonial SC of Pennsylvania) and Yovanny Durango (individual member) won their fifth consecutive championship adult dance title Saturday in Marlborough, Massachusetts. -Jay Adeff

The gold, silver and bronze medalists in the championship adult dance event from a year ago repeated their placements at the 2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Shay Sterlace (SC of Pennsylvania) and Yovanny Durango (individual member) skated their way to their fifth consecutive title with an Argentine tango that they looked forward to debuting at this event.

"The music is sentimental and passionate, and when we heard it, we just knew it was right," Sterlace said.

The two earned a score of 77.81, with a program that included an impressive twizzle sequence and several intricate lifts.

"Every year we are competing in a field that is getting stronger and stronger, and it inspired us to do the more intricate stuff," said Durango, a coach at Ice Works in Aston, Pennsylvania.

Michelle Daichman (Washington FSC) and Andrejs Sitiks (individual member) claimed the silver medal with an emotional performance to Christine Aguilera's "Hurt."

"It's a program that is close to us," Daichman said. "We just love this free dance and connect to it. When we heard the music, it just brought tears to our eyes."

The two earned 70.53 points, thanks in part to strong twizzles and spin sequences.

Daichman is the skating director at the Patriot Ice Center in Delaware, where the two train.

Jennifer Freedman (Hickory Hill FSC) and Arkadiy Sergeev (Essex SC) captured the bronze with 64.98 points. They performed an impressive spiral sequence and unique lifts.

Elizabeth Schmidt and Michael Ricigliano (St. Moritz ISC) secured the pewter with a score of 64.82.