Created: 01/11/2014 6:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Defending Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their sixth consecutive national ice dance title Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
They finished with 200.19 points for a cushion of almost 20 points over the second-place team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Their sixth national championship broke the record for ice dance set by Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.
The reigning world champions gave an energetic and emotional routine dance "Sheherazade" by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to win. Bates and Chock were second with 181.44 points.
Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani 170.44 were third.
Earlier, Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli won the pairs championship.
The U.S. Olympic figure skating teams will be announced Sunday. The top three in dance and top two in pairs are expected - but not guaranteed - to get spots.