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2012 U.S. Nationals Novice Men Bios/Program Music

Posted by unseenskaters on January 22, 2012

Here are profiles of all the Novice men listed alphabetically (selected info from the 2012 U.S. Nationals program book, with this season’s qualifying season high scores added):

Chase Belmontes
Age: 16; Birthdate: August 31, 1995
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club: Broadmoor SC
Coach: Tom Zakrajsek
Choreographer: Catarina Lindgren
SP Music: “Tosca Fantasy” by Edvin Marton
FS Music: “Child of Nazareth” by Maxime Rodriguez
SP high score in qualifying season: 41.40 (M)
FS high score in qualifying season: 81.61 (SW)
Total high score in qualifying season: 121.57 (SW)

Spencer Howe
Age: 15; Birthdate: September 11, 1996
Hometown: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Club: Los Angeles FSC
Coaches: Wendy Olson, Frank Carroll, Danelle Cole
Choreographer: Ivan Dinev
SP Music: “Live and Let Die” by David Garrett
FS Music: “Phantom of the Opera” by Sarah Chang and Julian Lloyd Webber
SP high score in qualifying season: 46.05 (P)
FS high score in qualifying season: 85.71 (P)
Total high score in qualifying season: 131.76 (P)

Wilbur Ji
Age: 16; Birthdate: June 14, 1995
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
Club: SC of San Francisco
Coaches: Jeff Crandell, Charyl Brusch
Choreographer: Jeff Crandell
SP Music: “Jumpin’ Jack,” “Minnie the Moocher” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
FS Music: “Poeta en el Mar” by Vicente Amigo
SP high score in qualifying season: 35.48 (CP)
FS high score in qualifying season: 70.02 (P)
Total high score in qualifying season: 102.88 (P)

Brian Krentz
Age: 17; Birthdate: December 2, 1994
Hometown: Glencoe, Ill.
Club: Skokie Valley SC
Coaches: Cindy Caprel, Kristen Mita, Jeremy Allen
Choreographer: Phillip Mills
SP Music: “Lucia” by Oscar Lopez
FS Music: Selections from the The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack by Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones
SP high score in qualifying season: 37.90 (UGL)
FS high score in qualifying season: 86.75 (M)
Total high score in qualifying season: 122.64 (UGL)

Tony Lu
Age: 13; Birthdate: November 24, 1998
Hometown: Garnet Valley, Pa.
Club: SC of Wilmington
Coach: Priscilla Hill
Choreographer: Irina Romanova
SP Music: “Russian Sailor’s Dance” by the Philadelphia Orchestra
FS Music: “Rango” by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
SP high score in qualifying season: 43.65 (E)
FS high score in qualifying season: 88.71 (SA)
Total high score in qualifying season: 130.56 (E)

Jimmy Ma
Age: 16; Birthdate: October 11, 1995
Hometown: Great Neck, N.Y.
Club: SC of New York
Coach: Elaine Zayak
Choreographer: Josh Babb
SP Music: Theme from The Untouchables by Ennio Morricone
FS Music: “El Tango de los Exiliados” by Vanessa-Mae
SP high score in qualifying season: 48.46 (E)
FS high score in qualifying season: 81.04 (E)
Total high score in qualifying season: 129.50 (E)

Oleksiy Melnyk
Age: 14; Birthdate: September 3, 1997
Hometown: Reston, Va.
Club: Washington FSC
Coach: Serguei Kouznetsov
Choreographer: Nataliya Tymoshenko
SP Music: “El Tango de Roxanne” by Jose Feliciano
FS Music: “The Feeling Begins” by Peter Gabriel
SP high score in qualifying season: 42.30 (E)
FS high score in qualifying season: 78.40 (E)
Total high score in qualifying season: 120.70 (E)

James Schetelich
Age: 15; Birthdate: July 30, 1996
Hometown: Scotch Plains, N.J.
Club: SC of New York
Coach: Debbie Davis
Choreographer: Kristine Bingham Nielsen
SP Music: “Sam Pa Ti” and “Smooth” by Carlos Santana
FS Music: Selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
performed by the New York Philharmonic
SP high score in qualifying season: 47.74 (E)
FS high score in qualifying season: 81.67 (E)
Total high score in qualifying season: 129.41 (E)

Kyle Shropshire
Age: 16; Birthdate: January 3, 1995
Hometown: Algonquin, Ill.
Club: Wagon Wheel FSC
Coaches: Carol Ueck, Zane Shropshire
Choreographers: Susie Wynne, Renee Brainerd
SP Music: “The Race” by Yello
FS Music: “Titans Spirit” by Trevor Rabin
SP high score in qualifying season: 40.04 (UGL)
FS high score in qualifying season: 80.66 (UGL)
Total high score in qualifying season: 120.70 (UGL)

Kevin Shum
Age: 14; Birthdate: July 3, 1997
Hometown: Piedmont, Calif.
Club: St. Moritz ISC
Coach: Lynn Smith
Choreographers: Justin Dillon, Cohen Duncan
SP Music: “Vortex” by Robert Longfield
FS Music: Selections from the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi
SP high score in qualifying season: 46.73 (CP)
FS high score in qualifying season: 93.12 (P)
Total high score in qualifying season: 132.14 (P)

Nicholas Vrdoljak
Age: 15; Birthdate: July 11, 1996
Hometown: Westmont, Ill.
Club: DuPage FSC
Coaches: Cindy Caprel, Kristen Mita
Choreographer: Phillip Mills
SP Music: Selections from the The Man in the Iron Mask soundtrack by Nick Glennie-Smith
FS Music: “St. Petersburg 300” by Igor Kornelyuk
SP high score in qualifying season: 45.36 (M)
FS high score in qualifying season: 76.19 (UGL)
Total high score in qualifying season: 121.13 (UGL)

Vincent Zhou
Age: 11; Birthdate: October 25, 2000
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
Club: Peninsula SC
Coach: Tammy Gambill
Choreographers: Justin Dillon, Cindy Stuart
SP Music: “Nut Rocker” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
FS Music: “Iron Monkey” by James L. Venable and “Rising Sun” by Kiyoshi Yoshida
SP high score in qualifying season: 53.35 (P)
FS high score in qualifying season: 109.72 (P)
Total high score in qualifying season: 163.07 (P)

NOTE: Visit our 2012 U.S. Nationals event page for a list of “unseen” skater article links arranged by level. A 2011-12 season competition results/score table for the Novice Men is also available.

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