After missing the last two U.S. championships, [Samantha] Cesario says her main goal for this year's event is to stay injury free. She is also working on adding a triple-triple combination.
"Originally, I was working on triple loop-triple loop, but recently I've been trying to get triple flip-triple toe," she said.
Vanessa Lam posted the highest score of any lady at the three sectional championships, at Pacific Coasts.
"I felt good about the competition," she said by phone. "I felt like I performed as I wanted to, but going into nationals, I'm going to work on improving the performance aspect, working on mostly components but also improving consistency and stamina ... and to have a new personal best."
Lam's goal is to qualify for the 2013 World Junior Championships.
The Midwestern ladies event was won by Ashley Cain, the 2011 U.S. junior pairs champion and 2012 U.S. junior ladies silver medalist.
"I felt really confident all week, and I had been training really hard since regionals," Cain said in an email. "I was happy to put out almost two clean programs and break the 100-point mark in the free skate. I was also really happy to have my triple Lutz back into my long program."
"I just started training my triple flip and triple loop-triple loop again," she said. "I am very excited to compete against the top ladies in our nation. ..."