Addison native Alexa Scimeca and her partner Chris Knierim are in 12th place after the pairs short program at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario.
They scored 55.73 points in Wednesday's short program. They are more than 20 points behind the leaders, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov from Russia.
Scimeca and Knierim are the top American pair at worlds, one place ahead of the other American pair of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.
The free skate, which is longer than the short program, will take place on Friday. The two scores are added together for a final standing.