The Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships concluded another round of action Sunday with a few close calls in some events.
The top two spots in the intermediate ladies' and novice men's divisions, which proved to be the most exciting rounds of the evening, were decided by slim margins.
Here's a look at the scores from Sunday's action:
|Juvenile Dance - Hickory Hoedown, Ten-Fox||Layla Karnes and Jeffrey Chen||95.60|
|Novice Ladies - Short||Haley Beavers||52.35|
|Intermediate Ladies - Free Skate||Alysa Liu||110.24|
|Novice Men - Short||Eric Sjoberg||54.53|
|Intermediate Dance - Waltz & Foxtrot||Elizabeth Tkachenko, Alexei Kiliakov||98.09|
|Intermediate Men - Short and Free||Joseph Kang||123.61|
|Novice Dance - Waltz and Kilian||Caroline and Gordon Green||62.30|
|Intermediate Pairs - Short and Free||Jasmine and Joshua Fendi||101.48|
In the intermediate ladies' division, it took a score of 70.00 in the free-skate final round for Alysa Liu to take home the championship, edging out Sophia Chouinard, who finished with a score of 109.97. Chouinard put together a stellar 70.95 in the free-skate round, but her 39.02 in the short program turned out to be too much to overcome.
Liu scored a 40.24 in the short program to establish a narrow, albeit solid, lead heading into the final round.
U.S. Figure Skating congratulated Liu after her victory:
Congratulations to #USChamps16 intermediate ladies champion Alysa Liu! She earned 70.00 for her free skate to win the title with 110.24.— U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) January 17, 2016
Fellow skater Polina Edmunds also congratulated the new champion of the young women's division:
Congratulations to Alysa Liu - 2016 Intermediate National Champion! #BayAreaRepresent 🙌🏻— Polina Edmunds (@PolinaEdmunds) January 17, 2016
In the novice men's division, Eric Sjoberg will take a slim 1.16-point lead over Maxim Naumov into Monday's free-skate round.
It was also a dominant day for Joseph Kang, who ran away with the intermediate men's national championship, winning by 11.59 points over Alex Wellman. Twins Joshua and Jasmine Fendi won the intermediate pairs title by four points.
U.S. Figure Skating congratulated the winners:
Are we seeing double? Twins Jasmine & Joshua Fendi won the #USChamps16 intermediate pairs title! (They also won the juvenile title in 2014!)— U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) January 18, 2016
Joseph Kang is your 2016 U.S. intermediate men's champion! Congratulations, Joseph! #USChamps16— U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) January 17, 2016
Monday's rounds will decide the champions of the novice men's, ladies' and pairs divisions before action picks up again Tuesday with the junior levels.