Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville Win First Junior Grand Prix Medal

(8/25/18) — The ice dance team of Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville won their first career Junior Grand Prix Series medal Saturday in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the first competition of the 2018 series.

The Maryland-based team secured their bronze medal with seven Level 4 elements across both segments of competition for a total of 148.96 points—nearly 13 points better than the next placement. Coached by Alexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Greg Zuerlein and Dmytri Ilin, the duo scored 60.37 points in the rhythm dance and 88.59 points for their free dance set to music from Mozart l’Opéra Rock.

Also in the ice dance competition, Katarina DelCamp and Maxwell Gart finished tenth in their international debut with 122.09 total.

Andrew Torgashev earned the third-best free skate score with 129.38 points for his Moulin Rouge! performance in the men’s event. He improved upon fifth place after the short program to finish fourth overall with 194.75 points. Fellow American Ryan Dunk placed sixth in his second ever JGP event.

In the ladies competition, Pooja Kalyan finished eighth in her JGP debut. Despite one fall on a triple Lutz in her free skate set to The Lion King, Kalyan executed five triple jumps and three Level 4 spins, finishing with a total of 160.60.

The JGP Series continues next week in Linz, Austria, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2018.