SALT LAKE CITY – Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto successfully defended their pairs title on Friday at the U.S., International Figure Skating Classic.
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch totalled 201.30 points for the gold with Caydee Denney and John Coughlin of the U.S. second at 188.47 and their compatriots Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea third at 167.27.
“We made it exciting with some trouble on our last lift but Dylan showed great strength to pull us through,” said Moore-Towers, fourth with her partner last season at the world championships. “It’s only the second time we had performed this program and our performance tonight bodes well for the rest of the season.”
Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., were fifth at 155.00.
In men’s singles, Max Aaron led a U.S. medal sweep. Andrei Rogozine of Richmond Hill, Ont., was seventh.
In ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S., are first after the short dance with Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., second and Nicole Orford and Burnaby, B.C., and Thomas Williams of Okotoks, Alta., third.
In women’s singles, the U.S. holds the top-three spots with Amélie Lacoste of Delson, Que., fourth.
The free dance and women’s singles final are on Saturday.