Pairs Team Moyle and Seitz Announce End of Partnership
|Kendra Moyle and Andy Seitz|
Photo by Getty Images Sport/Matthew Stockman
(4/4/2007) - Pairs skaters Kendra Moyle & Andy Seitz announced today the end of their partnership. In their two years together, they were the 2006 World Junior silver medalists and the 2006 U.S. junior champions. Seitz has decided to retire from competitive skating to pursue his college degree, while Moyle is searching for a partner and currently training in Michigan.
“The height difference was a factor in our decision – we're just too close,” Moyle said. “It made everything we did a lot more challenging, plus Andy decided not to continue to skate. We have no regrets. It's been an amazing experience for us, and I'm going to miss him a lot. We got along so well; he was like my big brother.”
Moyle & Seitz partnered up in February of 2005 after the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore. Seitz had just finished ninth in junior pairs with his sister Lindsey, but they decided to go separate ways. Moyle had competed at the 2004 U.S. Junior Championships, finishing second in intermediate pairs with partner Reed Minney. Moyle & Seitz were both looking for partners and said their initial try-out clicked and felt natural right away. Seitz moved from Iowa to Michigan to train under Moyle's coach, Adrienne Lenda.
The team found success early, finishing second and first at their 2005 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events and fourth at the 2005 JGP Final. They won the 2006 U.S. junior title and placed second at the 2006 World Junior Championships. Their finishes at their 2006 JGP events were mirror images of those from 2005, but on top of that they competed in their first two Grand Prix events as well, finishing sixth at both. They placed sixth at the 2007 U.S. Championships as seniors and fifth at the 2007 World Junior Championships.
“The past two years have been a great experience,” Seitz said. “Spending time with someone everyday for six or seven hours and traveling to so many countries, you grow together and you get to know each other so well. Skating is about all of the experiences and the people that I've met. The contacts and the friendships you make through skating are going to last a lifetime. That's what it's really all about.”
Seitz will attend the University of Iowa beginning this summer as a freshman, and he also will coach with the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club. Moyle is currently having tryouts with potential partners and hopes to be back competing for the 2007-2008 season.
“I never expected to go as far as we did and do as much as we did in the two years we were together,” Moyle said. “It was kind of a whirlwind, but every competition was a new experience, and we learned something new, and it was just great for both of us.”