Michelle Kwan, 21, won the 6th national title in figure skating on Saturday night, January 12. She received two 6.0's out of nine judges for presentation. With a total of six national titles, Kwan has tied Gretchen Merrill and Theresa Weld Blanchard for second place on the all-time list behind Maribel Vinson with nine. Philip Hersh wrote (Chicago Tribune, Jan. 13) , Kwan, the four-time world champion has had a topsyturvy session. She fired longtime choreographer, Lori Nichol, and Frank Carroll, coach for ten years. Kwan has become the first skater in memory to be competing without a corach. Her father Danny stands in her coach's place with moral rather than technical support.