Defending U.S. champion Max Aaron has some ground to make up if he wants to earn one of the two U.S. men's Sochi spots.
The 21-year-old landed his opening quad Salchow but was unable to complete a triple toe and settled for a quad-double combination. The rest of his short to a Latin medley was clean but a bit rough around the edges. It earned 86.95 points.
"My skate tonight went really well for how the season has been going for me," Aaron said, adding that with the two quad Salchows and two triple Axels he plans in his free skate, he is still in the hunt for a Sochi spot.
"The long program sets the men apart from the boys, that's what I always say," he said. "I have the arsenal in jump content. I have five or six points, I think, on the next highest man ... I'm here to skate my skate and see where I land."