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          === Castelli, Shnapir place first in pairs short program ===
 Omaha,  NE (Sports  Network) - Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir placed first
 in  the pairs  competition  of Thursday's  short program  at  the U.S.  Figure
 Skating Championships.
 Castelli  and Shnapir earned  a score of 62.27 in the short program, over nine
 points  better  than  the  second  place  duo  of  Felicia  Zhang  and  Nathan
 Bartholomay, who finished with a score of 53.19.
 The  tandem of Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim totaled a score of 52.79,
 good for third place.
 The free skate competition is scheduled for Saturday.
 NHK  trophy  bronze medalists in 2012,  Castelli and Shnapir are searching for
 their  first  pairs title  and have  positioned themselves well  to do so with
 Thursday's victory.
 Defending champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin were unable to compete, as
 Coughlin is recovering from hip surgery.
 01/24 19:27:25 ET