Skating duo of Doleman and Carswell pleased with debut

Dundas skater Andrew Doleman of the Wentworth SC, with partner Abby Carswell, delivered the fourth best free dance of the day to move from seventh to fifth overall with 107.25 points at the ISU’s Junior Grand Prix on the weekend.

‘’Apart from a little blip all the elements were really strong,’’ said Carswell, 16, in her second season with Doleman. ‘’We did the free dance twice before this season and struggled with it. It’s a big change from last season and there is a lot more speed. We were encouraged with the marks and the enthusiastic reception of the crowd.’’

Doleman, 20, said keeping a relaxed pace was a key to success.

‘’We have a tendency to always rush things,’’ said Doleman. “And this was a pretty nerve wracking situation to show this program for the first time in Europe. Our coach kept yelling at us from the boards to keep it calm.’’

Carswell and Doleman’s next Junior Grand Prix assignment is the John Curry Memorial in Sheffield, Great Britain beginning on Sept. 29.

Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin of Russia took the gold at 138.27, Anastasia Galyeta and Alexei Shumski of Ukraine were second at 124.65 and Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager of the U.S., were third at 110.58.