US champs Hubbell-Donohue win rhythm dance at Classic

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, of the of United States, compete during ice dance at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sept.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, of the of United States, compete during ice dance at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sept.

Satoko Miyahara, of Japan, performs during women's figure skating short program at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sept. 14, 20

Satoko Miyahara, of Japan, performs during women's figure skating short program at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sept. 14, 20

Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc, of the United States, perform during the pairs free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sep

Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc, of the United States, perform during the pairs free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sep

Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc, of the United States, perform during the pairs free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sep

Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc, of the United States, perform during the pairs free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Friday, Sep

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. ice dance champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue won the rhythm dance portion of the U.S. International Classic on Friday night.

The world silver medalists who finished fourth at this year's Olympics earned 79.11 points.

"We're reaching a new level in our partnership. It's fun to play with the dynamics of a new program in competition. More so than the points, we were focused on being one on the ice and feeling each other while creating our own moment," Donohue said.

Hubbell and Donohue led fellow Americans Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, who scored 68.61 points, and Canadians Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker, who earned 54.11 points. The free dance is Saturday.

Americans Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc took the pairs title by sweeping the short and free programs. They received 113.95 points Friday in the free skate to hold off Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov of the United States. Third place went to Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia.

2018 world bronze winner Satoko Miyahara of Japan held a slight edge over the rest of the field in the women's short program, scoring 67.53 points. Miyahara struggled on a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination and a triple flip.

South Korea's Lim Eunsoo was second with 64.85 points. Canada's Gabrielle Daleman, who won team gold in Pyeongchang, was third with 63.28 points.

The women's free skate also is Saturday.