EGNA, Italy – Canada’s junior and novice skaters produced strong results in Friday’s short programs at the Egna Spring Trophy figure skating competition.
In junior women, Sarah-Maude Blanchard of Sherbrooke, Que., tops the 22-entry field with 58.77 points. Hanna Harrel of the U.S. is second at 50.80 and Marina Piredda of Italy third at 48.30.
In junior men’s competition, Gabriel Frangipani of Italy is first with 72.98. Matthew Markell of Prescott, Ont., follows at 63.00 and Beresford Clements of Gibsons, B.C. is third at 62.06.
Canada stands 1-2-3 in novice men with Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., first at 43.39, Alexei Guinzbourg of Kingston, Ont., second at 37.84 and Brian Chiem of Edmonton third at 37.72.
In novice women group 1, Canada has four in the top-five with Sandrine Bouchard of Levis, Que., first at 42.21, Amelia Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., second at 37.87, Daria Carr of Kelowna, B.C. fourth at 34.02 and Mélaurie Boivin of Alma, Que., fifth at 33.93.
Leah Lee of Vancouver is sixth in novice women group 2.
Canada has the only three entries in novice pairs. Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Brandon Toste of Mississauga, Ont., lead with 35.83, Marine Pouliot of Lorraine, Que., and Alexandre Simard of Rivière-Ouelle, Que., are second at 35.05 and Camille Perrault of Orford, Que., and Bryan Pierro of St-Hubert, Que., are third at 30.24.
The novice free skates are Saturday and the junior free skates are Sunday.
Full results: Egna Spring Trophy.