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Algonquin's Brubaker soars to lead in pairs short program

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Mary Beth Marley and partner Rockne Brubaker of Algonquin lead the pairs skating after the short program Thursday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif.

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After winning two pairs titles with other partners, Algonquin's Rockne Brubaker has a shot at another with Mary Beth Marley. They took the lead in the pairs short program Thursday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

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With the free skate competition coming up Saturday night, Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker of Algonquin have the pairs lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose.

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Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker perform during the pairs short program competition Thursday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

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Striking a dashing pose, Algonquin's Rockne Brubaker and Mary Beth Marley look to capture the pairs title Saturday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose.

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Lifts have always been a strong part of Rockne Brubaker's pair performance as it was Thursday night as the 25-year-old Algonquin skater worked with partner Mary Beth Marley at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

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When Rockne Brubaker and his last pairs partner split up, he wasn't sure he wanted to keep skating. Nights like this are why the 25-year-old figure skater from Algonquin did. Brubaker, who won four titles with his two previous partners, is back at the top again with a chance to win the pairs competition Saturday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with current partner Mary Beth Marley.
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    • Mary Beth Marley and partner Rockne Brubaker of Algonquin lead the pairs skating after the short program Thursday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif.
    •  After winning two pairs titles with other partners, Algonquin’s Rockne Brubaker has a shot at another with Mary Beth Marley. They took the lead in the pairs short program Thursday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
    •  With the free skate competition coming up Saturday night, Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker of Algonquin have the pairs lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose.
    •  Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker perform during the pairs short program competition Thursday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
    •  Striking a dashing pose, Algonquin’s Rockne Brubaker and Mary Beth Marley look to capture the pairs title Saturday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose.
    •  Lifts have always been a strong part of Rockne Brubaker’s pair performance as it was Thursday night as the 25-year-old Algonquin skater worked with partner Mary Beth Marley at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
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