Denver Pioneers, Nationals Preview
March 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s belated but I am glad to hear Emily Deanne Richard is alright and back in the United States, following serious injuries and subsequently successful surgeries.
This is the officially unofficial Nationals preview of the 2012-2013 Denver Pioneer Figure Skating Club team. Someone dared them to make it to Nationals by participating in only two competitions. Denver skaters did that and won them both. Next time, they’ll try to get to Nationals by participating in only one (just kidding, USFSA said that’s not possible).
Results after Regionals
Place: 10 points, First
- Golden Bear Skate: N/A
- Tiger Challenge: 1st place
- Pioneer Open: 1st place
The Pioneers were the top team out West. From last year’s team that finished 6th at 2012 Intercollegiate Nationals, Professor/senior ladies Taryn Brandt graduated, while Emily, intermediate ladies Maddie Moyer and novice ladies Lena Nguyen are not competing during this collegiate season.
Projected Nationals Roster (assuming no one passed any tests since last year)
- Senior ladies Samantha David
- Senior ladies Lisa Moore
- Senior ladies Virginia Meyer
- Senior ladies Erin Orchard
- Senior ladies ice dancer Megan Marsh
- Junior ladies Ana Sorenson
- Junior ladies/ice dancer Sophie Fritz
- Novice ladies Rylie Pepich
- Novice ladies/ice dancer Sam Fenwick
- Novice ladies Lauren Montgomery
- Juvenile ladies/ice dancer Kailaini Smith
- Juvenile ladies ice dancer Alicia Prince
- Pre-juvenile ladies Andrea Frishberg
- Preliminary ladies/Cubs fan/Grillmaster Karen Yamasaki
- Amber Dierking
- Kaylee Lino
- Hannah Falvey
- Katherine Thomas
- Brandy Lewis
- Taylor Stimpson
- High team maneuvers: Samantha, Erin, Lisa (jumps and spins). Megan gets the serpentine step sequence
- Intermediate team maneuvers: Rylie, Sam, Lauren
- Low team maneuvers: Karen, Andrea, Alicia, Kailaini
- Denver usually wins the West because they bring out so many skaters, almost always using up their maximum of 35 entries. In 2012-13, it remains the case. We’ll see if they bring all 20 skaters or bring a little less to Hanover. It might have been the easiest thing to fix, especially after that gnarly three-way tie.
- The team is well-rounded, top to bottom, with some skaters being involved in all facets of the collegiate competition, from one or two ice dance events, short and long programs and a level-specific team maneuver.
- Megan Marsh will probably do gold solo or international solo against Cal’s Teressa Vellrath.
- Every team out West have said goodbye to Denver International Airport until next year except for the Pioneers. They’ll go down about 5000 feet in altitude to hang with their skating friends in New Hampshire.
- The Pioneers look to improve on last year’s 6th place finish, using the good luck brought forth by cameo appearances by the Taryn Brandt-Dani Schraner connection.