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

Posted by unseenskaters on January 26, 2013

Here are quick profiles of the Senior ladies:

Sophia Adams
Age 19 (b. 1/1/94)
Hometown: Orange, CA
Club: All Year FSC
Coaches: Alex Chang, Jere Michael
Choreographers: Alex Chang, Mary Becktell
FS Music: Titanic soundtrack by James Horner
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 17th

Kiri Baga
Age 17 (b. 4/15/95)
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Club: FSC of Bloomington
Coaches: Cindy Caprel, Kristen Mita
Choreographers: Kelly Benzinger, Pasquale Camerlengo
FS Music: “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saens
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 10th

Morgan Bell
Age 21 (b. Aug. 5, 1991)
Hometown: Westminster, CO
Club: Rocky Mountain FSC
Coaches: Cindy Sullivan, Billy Schneider
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
FS Music: Slumdog Millionaire by A.R. Rahman; Alexander by Vangelis; House of Flying Daggers by Shigeru Umebayashi
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 18th

Becky Bereswill
Age 22 (b. 10/2/90)
Hometown: Houston, TX
Club: Detroit SC
Coaches: Yuka Sato, Jason Dungjen
Choreographers: Yuka Sato, Marina Zoueva
FS Music: Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev
Placement at 2010 Nationals in Senior: 13th
She placed 3rd in the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships representing the Univ. of Michigan.

Ashley Cain
Age 17 (b. 7/22/95)
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Club: Stars FSC of Texas
Coaches: Darlene Cain, Peter Cain
Choreographer: Scott Brown
FS Music: “Ave Maria” arranged by David Foster and William Joseph
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Junior: 2nd

Samantha Cesario
Age 19 (b. 8/21/93)
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Club: SC of New York
Coaches: Peter Burrows, Mary Lynn Gelderman
Choreographer: Inese Bucevica
FS Music: Black Swan soundtrack by Clint Mansell (and Tchaikovsky)
Placement at 2010 Nationals in Senior: 14th (her debut)

Laney Diggs
Age 20 (Oct. 9, 1992)
She replaced the injured Vanessa Lam – current coach/choreographer/short program music info is not available (FS music is a Spanish medley, including “Concierto de Aranjuez” and “Malaguena”). She is a full-time student at the Univ. of California, Berkeley (Class of 2014), and placed 7th at the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships. Her last appearance at Nationals was in 2010 and she placed 15th in Senior.

Haley Dunne
Age 19 (3/16/93)
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Club: Univ. of Delaware FSC
Coaches: Pam Gregory, Jeff DiGregorio
Choreographers: Tim Murphy, Pam Gregory
FS Music: “Symphonic Dances” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 16th

Joelle Forte
Age 26 (b. 7/5/86)
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Club: SC of New York
Coach: Dmitri Gromov
Choreographer: Anya Zadorozhniuk, Igor Lukanin
FS Music: The 13th Warrior soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 14th

Christina Gao
Age 18 (b. 3/7/94)
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Club: SC of Boston
Coaches: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
Choreographers: David Wilson (FS), Mark Mitchell (SP)
FS Music: “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla
Placement at 2010-2012 Nationals in Senior: 5th

Gracie Gold
Age 17 (b. 8/17/95)
Hometown: Chicago
Club: Wagon Wheel FSC
Coach: Alexander Ouriashev
Choreographer: Scott Brown
FS Music: Life is Beautiful soundtrack by Nicola Piovani
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Junior: 1st

Courtney Hicks
Age 17 (b. 12/15/95)
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Club: All Year FSC
Coaches: Jere Michael, Alex Chang
Choreographer: Alex Chang
FS Music: Red Violin (Aranjuez) by Ikuko Kawai
Placement at 2011 Nationals in Junior: 1st
Note: She missed the second half of the 2011-12 season due to injury.

Amanda Hofmann
Age 17 (b. May 25, 1995)
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Club: Portland ISC
Coach: Paul Askham (also Joanne McLeod, Neil Wilson in Canada)
Choreographer: Amanda Hofmann
FS Music: Peter Pan soundtrack by James Newton Howard
She won the 2011 U.S. Novice Ladies 4th place pewter medal.

Leah Keiser
Age 15 (b. 9/13/97)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Club: All Year FSC
Coaches: John Nicks, Christa Fassi
Choreographer: Lori Nichol
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 12th
Click here to read the press release about her injury withdrawal at Nationals.

Vanessa Lam
Age 17 (b. 6/19/95)
Hometown: Bellflower, CA
Club: All Year FSC
Coaches: Doug Chapman, Dianne DeLeeuw-Chapman
Choreographers: Doug Chapman, Dianne DeLeeuw-Chapman
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 9th
Click here to read the press release about her injury withdrawal before Nationals (replaced by Laney Diggs).

Hannah Miller
Age 16 (b. 10/29/98)
Hometown: Williamston, MI
Club: Lansing SC
Coach: Kirsten Miller-Zisholz (her aunt)
Choreographers: Daniil Barantsev, Tanith Belbin
FS Music: “The Storm” by Havasi Balazs
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Junior: 2nd

Mirai Nagasu
Age 19 (b. 4/16/93)
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Club: Pasadena FSC
Coaches: Wendy Olson, Amy Evidente
Choreographers: Susan Austin, Cindy Stuart, Bebe Liang
FS Music: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ” by Camille Saint-Saens
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 7th

Yasmin Siraj
Age 16 (b. 7/30/96)
Hometown: Brookline, MA
Club: SC of Boston
Coaches: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
Choreographers: Catarina Lindgren, Jamie Isley
FS Music: Seven Years in Tibet soundtrack by John Williams
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 15th

Ashley Wagner
Age 21 (b. 5/16/91)
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Club: SC of Wilmington
Coach: John Nicks
Choreographer: Phillip Mills
FS Music: “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saens
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 1st

Angela Wang
Age 16 (b. 7/30/96)
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Club: Salt Lake Figure Skating
Coaches: Christy Krall, Damon Allen
Choreographers: Tom Dickson (FS), Scott Brown (SP)
FS Music: Selections from the Ladies in Lavender soundtrack by Nigel Hess
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 8th

Agnes Zawadzki
Age 18 (b. 7/31/94)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Club: Broadmoor SC
Coaches: Christy Krall, David Santee
Choreographers: David Wilson (SP), Scott Brown (FS)
FS Music: “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 3rd

Caroline Zhang
Age 19 (b. 5/20/93)
Club: All Year FSC
Coach: Peter Oppegard
Choreographers: David Wilson (FS), Karen Kwan-Oppegard
FS Music: “Nessun Dorma” by Giacomo Puccini (includes Vanessa-Mae version)
Placement at 2012 Nationals in Senior: 4th

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