I suspect the decision has already been made and not yet posted, but anyway, as this comp is Nov 19-24, it should give the assigned US skaters a bye to Nationals. I hope we have 2 spots per discipline but I'm only counting on 1. My vote is definitely for a Midwest lady- as it stands, we have Alissa Czisny, Hannah Miller, Barbie Long, Ashley Cain, and Mariah Bell all vying for 4 spots. It would be pretty silly not to have all 5 of them at Nationals. PAC is fairly tough but not quite as deep IMO- they have Angela Wang, Rachael Flatt, Vanessa Lam, and Leah Keiser, and of course Caroline Zhang who is quite a question mark at the moment- I could definitely see her taking the rest of the season off if she's injured in some way...and then Laney Diggs and Katarina Kulgeyko probably outside of that group. I definitely wouldn't choose someone from Eastern section- the strongest contendors for Nationals being Kiri Baga, Yasmin Siraj, and Francesca Chiera, and Joelle Forte, who are a solid 4... beyond that I guess Bauth, Buchanan, or Hu could slot in if someone else has a bad day.
For Men, the section to get a guy a bye is definitely Pacs- with Messing, Omori, Razzano, Warren, Rabbitt, and possibly Vincent Zhou in the mix. Mids, which was once a major struggle to make it (remember the Abbott, Ward, Bradley, Pennington, Halverson, Cassar, Brauninger, Jahnke, Campbell, Ben Miller, Overett and even sometimes Lysacek years? that was brutal).....has really thinned out, and at this point we are looking at a pretty breezy walk for Mroz, Johnson, Dyer, and Kaugars. East has Carriere, Hochstein (who really both deserve a GP event at this point) and Dolensky, and then maybe someone like Daniel Raad.