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2013 U.S. Nationals Senior Pairs Bios/Program Music

Posted by unseenskaters on January 24, 2013

Here are profiles of all the Senior pair teams, listed alphabetically by the female partner’s last name, with international/previous National competition placements and year teamed up added:

Kiri Baga & Taylor Toth
Ages: 17 & 23; Birthdates: 4/15/95; 7/22/89
Hometowns: Duluth, MN; Kittanning, PA
Clubs: FSC of Bloomington (MN); DuPage FSC
Coach: Jeremy Allen
Choreographer: Phillip Mills
SP Music: “My Sweet and Tender Beast” by Evgeni Doga
FS Music: Selections from Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh
*Formed partnership in March 2012. Baga is new to pairs; she is also competing in the Senior Ladies event and placed 10th in Senior at 2012 Nationals. She competed in Jr. Ladies at the 2012 JGP in Lake Placid and placed 5th.

Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
Ages: 22 & 25; Birthdates: 8/20/90; 8/20/87
Hometowns: Cranston, RI; Sudbury, MA
Club: SC of Boston
Coaches: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall
Choreographers: Julie Marcotte, Mark Mitchell
SP Music: “stray Cat Strut” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra; “The Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini
FS Music: “Payadora” [Tango] by Julian Plaza
Internationals this season: Skate America, 5th; Ice Challenge, 1st; NHK Trophy, 3rd
2012 U.S. Nationals placement in Senior: 5th
*Began skating together in April 2006.

Lindsay Davis & Mark Ladwig
Ages: 20 & 32; Birthdates: 4/22/92; 5/6/80
Hometowns: Beaumont, CA; Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN
Clubs: All Year FSC; Red River Valley FSC
Coaches: Lyndon Johnston, Tammy Gambill, Jim Peterson
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
SP Music: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by OneRepublic and The Piano Guys
FS Music: Angels and Demons soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
Internationals this season: Salt Lake Senior B, 5th; Skate Canada, 7th; NHK Trophy, 6th
*Announced partnership in June 2012.

Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier
Ages: 17 & 20; Birthdates: 10/28/95; 11/19/92
Hometowns: Ocala, FL; Colorado Springs, CO
Clubs: Broadmoor SC/All Year FSC
Coaches: John Zimmerman, Silvia Fontana
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP Music: “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona
FS Music: La Strada by Nino Rota
Internationals this season: JGP Lake Placid, 4th
2012 U.S. Nationals placement in Junior: 1st
*Re-teamed in May 2011. Previously skated together from 2005-08 in Ellenton, Florida and Colorado Springs, CO. Also competed in roller skating for 2 years together before they switched to the ice.

Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff
Ages: 19 & 24; Birthdates: 11/18/93; 5/19/88
Hometowns: Hingham, MA; Colorado Springs, CO
Club: SC of Boston
Coaches: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall
Choreographer: Sheryl Franks
SP Music: “Nocturne” by Ennio Morricone (from <The Lady Caliph soundtrack)
FS Music: Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky
Internationals this season: Nebelhorn Trophy, 4th; Skate America, 6th; Ice Challenge, 2nd
2012 U.S. Nationals placement in Senior: 4th
*Began skating together in May 2009.

Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea
Ages: 19 & 22; Birthdates: 4/28/93; 2/13/91
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL; Gurnee, IL
Clubs: Southwest Florida FSC; Skokie Valley SC
Coach: Jim Peterson
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
SP Music: My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe
FS Music: The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
*Formed partnership in Spring 2012. She is new to pairs and this is her first-ever trip to Nationals. He is the 2008 U.S. Novice Men’s champion who started pairs in 2009 with Jessica Calalang – they finished 5th in Novice at 2010 Nationals.

DeeDee Leng & Timothy LeDuc
Ages: 19 & 22; Birthdates: 1/18/94; 5/4/90
Hometowns: Naperville, IL; Cedar Rapids, IA
Clubs: DuPage FSC; Eastern Iowa FSC
Coach: Serguei Zaitsev
Choreographers: Shanetta Folle, Serguei Zaitsev
SP Music: “incantation” by Benoit Jutras
FS Music: Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky
*Formed partnership in Summer 2012. Leng is new to pairs and was the 2009 U.S. Junior Ladies champion.

Alexa Scimeca & Christopher Knierim
Ages: 21 & 25; Birthdates: 6/10/91; 11/5/87
Hometowns: Addison, IL; Tucson, AZ
Clubs: DuPage FSC; Broadmoor SC
Coaches: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
Choreographers: Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra
SP Music: “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven
FS Music: Selections from La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful) by Nicola Piovani
Internationals this season: Cup of Nice, 1st; NHK Trophy, 4th
*Formed partnership in April 2012.

Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin
Ages: 26 & 35; Birthdates: 2/2/86; 11/15/77
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Clubs: Coyotes SC of Arizona; Los Angeles FSC
Coaches: Doug Ladret, Lara Ladret
Choreographers: Doug Ladret, Tiffany Vise, Don Baldwin
SP Music: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Santa Esmeralda
FS Music: Legends of the Fall soundtrack by James Horner; “Time To Say Goodbye”
Internationals this season: Salt Lake Senior B, 3rd; Skate Canada, 6th; Rostelecom Cup, 6th
2012 U.S. Nationals placement in Senior: 9th
*Began skating together in March 2009.

Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay
Ages: 19 & 23; Birthdates: 9/22/93; 5/18/89
Hometowns: Plainsboro, NJ; Newtown, PA
Clubs: SC of New York; Univ. of Delaware FSC
Coaches: Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston, Amanda Evora
Choreographers: Jim Peterson, Judy Blumberg
SP Music: Theme from Cocoon by James Horner
FS Music: West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Internationals this season: Salt Lake Senior B, 4th
2012 U.S. Nationals placement in Senior: 8th
*Formed partnership in May 2011. She won the 2010 U.S. Junior Pairs title with Taylor Toth. He previously skated with Erika Choi Smith (12th in Senior Pairs at 2011 Nationals).

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