Battle Lines Drawn for Free Skates at Canadian Tire National Skating Championships – Novice Division

CALGARY – Hetty Shi of Mississauga, Ont., David Shteyngart of Ottawa, ice dancers Layla Veillon and Alexander Brandys of Ilderton, Ont., and pairs skaters Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg are all in first place after Saturday’s short programs at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the novice division.

The novice portion of the nationals last month was postponed due to pandemic issues.

In the women’s short, Shi tabulated 47.08 points for top spot. Kara Yun of Burnaby, B.C., is second at 46.09 and Kayla Halliday of Coquitlam, B.C., stands third at 44.95. There are 18 entries.

There are also 18 entries in the men’s event. Shteyngart stands first with 45.61, Herman Lau of Toronto is second at 42.06 and David Li of Richmond, B.C., third at 41.87.

Kemp and Elizarov are first in pairs with 36.71 with Lilly Napier and Joshua Dore of Ottawa second at 33.70 and Jessie Sun and Victor Lum of Richmond, B.C., third at 27.03.

In ice dancing, Veillon and Brandys lead after the pattern dance with 32.72. Dana Sabatini-Speciale  and Nicholas Buelow of Barrie, Ont., are second at 31.44 and Kaitlyn Ho and Daniel Yu of Calgary are third at 29.69.

Competition ends Sunday at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex with the free skates. The program kicks-off with the free dance at 10 a.m. (local time).

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