Personal best puts Soucisse and Firus third after short dance at ISU Four Continents
Figure Skating – TAIPEI CITY – Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver produced a personal best score to stand in third place after Wednesday’s short dance at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. lead the 14-couple field with 69.08 points followed by Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed of Japan at 65.27 while the Canadians scored 65.11.
‘’We did what we had to do today,’’ said Soucisse. ‘’We are just coming from nationals and we were ready and pumped to go. It was a short turnover time but I think we delivered.’’
Haley Sales of Burnaby, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Langley, B.C. are eighth and Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams of Vancouver are ninth.
In pairs, Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are fifth after the short at 64.50 but only 2.26 points from top spot held by Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc of the U.S.
‘’Our goal was to go out there and have fun today,’’ said Moscovitch. ‘’We kept an upbeat feeling throughout the program. We really committed ourselves to the choreography and the characters and we felt that came out.’’
Sydney Kolodziej of Montreal and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., are eighth and Camille Ruest of Rimouski, Que., and Drew Wolfe of Calgary are ninth.
In the women’s short, Japan is 1-2-3 with Satoko Miyahara in first. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., is eighth, Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., 14th and Michelle Long of Newmarket, Ont., 17th.
‘’It wasn’t perfect but I was happy with my fight,’’ said Chartrand. ‘’It’s good to have that kind of feeling in my last short program of the season.’’
On Thursday, the men’s competition gets underway followed by the free dance.