Skaters set a mark with Lutzes

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Ontario skaters Meagan Duhamel and Ryan Arnold, who teamed up just six months ago, made history in the pairs short program last night.

The duo successfully completed the first side-by-side triple Lutzes in Canadian championship history and sit in fourth with 51.95 points heading into tomorrow's long program at the JLC.

Two hours earlier, Duhamel skated individually in the senior women's short program and also pulled off a triple Lutz on her way to fourth place.

The 19-year-old native of Walden, near Sudbury, said the second one with Arnold, a 20-year-old from South River, was sweeter than the first.

Defending champs Craig Buntin and Valerie Marcoux lead the competition with 60.21 points while Utako Wakamatsu and Jean-Sebastien Fecteau are second (59.57) and the Anabelle Langlois-Patrice Archetto team is third with 58.85.

Duhamel and Arnold almost didn't get the chance to make history. Veterans Liz Putnam and Sean Wirtz, who skated right before them, also have the triple Lutzes in their program but Putnam doubled out on hers last night.

"If it's the first time, that's great," Arnold said. "We were both doing triple Lutzes anyway, so we just put them in. The only thing different (in Duhamel's solo leap) was I wasn't beside her."


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