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WNY native places third in U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Kaitlin Hawayek of East Aurora and her partner, Jean-Luc Baker, scored 212.55 points and finished third in the ice dance category.
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Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker perform during the free dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Bradie Tennell followed her rollicking short program with a rock-solid free skate Friday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, hitting all seven of her triple jumps to win her second national title.

Amber Glenn was second and 2017 champ Karen Chen was third while two-time and defending champion Alysa Liu finished fourth.

Earlier in the day, Madison Chock and Evan Bates set a world record in the rhythm dance, scoring 90.10 points to edge Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue by less than a point in their first competition in nearly a year.

Kaitlin Hawayek of East Aurora and her partner, Jean-Luc Baker, scored 212.55 points and finished third in the ice dance category, which was won by Hubbell and Donohue.

This is the pair's second third place finish at the U.S. Championships. They also won bronze in last year's event.

The podium finish this weekend keeps the team on track to be a part of the 2022 Olympic team in Beijing. They were alternates on the 2018 U.S. team that competed in Pyeongchang.