Hannah Miller was skating across the ice Thursday in Little Caesars Arena, doing a warm-up at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, when the crowd erupted for this 22-year-old junior from Michigan State. “Cheesers! Clappies! Make it happen!” a group of young skaters from the Lansing Skating Club screamed. Miller usually blocks out the crowd. But she heard this silly, fun phrase that she has been saying with her skating friends for about 12 years. “We love you!” a voice yelled out. Miller, who trains at the Lansing Skating Club, was a clear crowd favorite, a hometown girl, who fell on a triple flip, putting her hand on the ice and finished her short program in 14th place with 52.75 points. “I’m a little disappointed,” she said. “The first and second jumps did not go how I wanted them to. My third jump did. My choreography and spins were great. I’m happy with all that. Overall, I felt really happy out there.” Bradie Tennell, the defending national champion, climbed into first place with 76.60 points. “I’m really happy with how I skated tonight,” Tennell said. “It was super fun to get back out there on championship ice.” Alysa Liu, the 13-year-old wonder, was in second with 73.89 points. “I’m just happy I landed all of my jumps,” Liu said. “It’s my first year at seniors. So super excited.” Maria Bell was in third with 70.30 points. “I had a little mistake obviously, which I’m bummed about," Bell said. "But it’s an easy fix for the future. It’s really awesome to skate on championship ice, so it’s really fun.” The ladies competition ends Friday with the free skate. Contact Jeff Seidel: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @seideljeff. To read his recent columns, go to freep.com/sports/jeff-seidel.