Bradie Tennell, Mariah Bell named to world championship team

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After finishing with silver and bronze medals at the U.S. Championships, respectively, Bradie Tennell and Mariah Bell are headed to the world championships in March, U.S. Figure Skating announced Saturday.

Worlds are March 18-24 in Saitama, Japan.

Tennell finished sixth at the 2018 Worlds, her only appearance at the event, and Bell finished 12th in both 2017 and 2018.

Newly-minted national champion Alysa Liu is too young for the junior world championships this year, let alone the world championships. ISU rules states that participants in ISU Championships Series events must be 15 by July 1, 2018. Liu, 13, was born Aug. 8, 2005.

Tennell and Bell will be joined by Ting Cui, who finished fifth at nationals, at the Four Continents Championships that begin Feb. 5 in Anaheim, Calif.

The pairs and dance world team announcements are expected Sunday morning and the men are scheduled to be named Sunday evening.

Nathan Chen has said his status regarding competing at Four Continents, should he be named to the team, is “TBD.” He won Four Continents in 2017.

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