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Alsup corrals third consecutive U.S. adult title

Detroit competitor lands eight double jumps; Palmeri secures men's gold
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Regan Alsup of the Detroit SC jumped her way to a third consecutive title Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. -Jay Adeff

Regan Alsup (Detroit SC) secured her third consecutive championship masters junior-senior ladies title, landing eight double jumps -- three in combination -- in her emotional program to Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up."

"I felt I really fought through it," said Alsup, who trains in Washington, D.C. at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. "Some of the jumps felt a little shaky, and I missed some combos, so I was a little bummed about that. But I was really proud of the fight, and just because one jump didn't go perfectly the way I hoped it would, I feel like I kept my mental capacity and stuck with everything."

Alsup, who won last year's event performing to the same music, finished with 63.47 points. She hopes to have a triple toe loop in her arsenal next season.

Stephanie Roth of the Jersey Coast FSC repeated as silver medalist with a score of 58.58.

"Today was a little disappointing for me," Roth said. "I've been practicing a lot stronger. It was kind of a letdown. I'm proud of myself, though, for rotating the triple toe; it was my goal to actually land it, so I got half way there. It wasn't in my arsenal last year. I fought through it, did more combos than I did at sectionals, so I'm trying to look at positive things but it's definitely not my best skate today."

Mackenzie Decker (Utah FSC) captured the bronze medal with 56.54 points, while St. Moritz ISC's Kelsey Cease secured the pewter medal with 52.30 points.

Championship Masters Junior-Senior Men's

Whether the field is comprised of two or 24 skaters doesn't matter. Daniel Palmeri (Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy) just wants to perform at his best. Winning his fourth consecutive title on the the junior-senior men's level Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Adult Championships is just icing on top of the cake.

Despite a fall, Palmeri, a former Disney on Ice skater, attacked every element as planned in his free skate to music from Amélie.

"I kept reminding myself, 'Do every element because you trained every element. Don't take stuff out just to stay up,'" said Palmeri, who finished with 67.92 points. "So, I'm proud that I attempted everything that I was supposed to attempt."

Those planned components included three triples -- the only ones in the entire event -- as well as six doubles and a Level 4 change foot sit spin.

For Stanley Mackey (Westland FSC), it was just about being able to skate again after battling testicular cancer. He returned to competition by making his first appearance at the U.S. Adult Championships, and he'll depart with the silver medal.

Even better? After his 30.42-point skate, Mackey shared good news regarding his health: "A week before I came here, I got the all-clear."