Canada held their national championships this weekend.
Patrick Chan broke the 300-point barrier in winning his fifth national championship Sunday. Of course, it was not an International Skating Union competition so it doesn't actually count as a world record, but he already holds that anyway. Chan landed two quads. Kevin Reynolds came in second. Chan and Reynolds will represent Canada at the world championships. Chan humbly pointed out to reporters that he is the only skater in the 300 club. Endearing, that one.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their fourth national championship. They had some troubles in the short dance, with Virtue putting her hand down and the pair being out of unison at times. But they still maintained a slim lead and they were able to make up for any troubles in a triumphant free dance. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje came in second, and they were followed by Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. Virtue and Moir and Weaver and Poje will progress to the world championships. Gilles is not a Canadian citizen and has apparently not been cleared to skate for Canada at worlds, so fourth place finishers Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill will head to worlds.
There is a new ladies champion in Amelie Lacoste. She beat Cynthia Phaneuf by less than two points. It has not been decided which of the ladies will be going to worlds. I think both have an equal chance of not medaling.
And finally, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are asserting their dominance in pairs; they crushed the competition. Jessica Dube and Sebastian Wolfe were in third, while Paige Lawrence and Rudi Sweigers came in third. Reigning champs Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch had a bit of a disastrous competition, coming in fourth.