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Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 4:09 am | Updated: 12:59 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks figure skater Baxter Burbank and his partner, Katherine Zeigler of Pennsylvania, completed the free skate portion of the Novice Ice Dancing competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Association National Championships in 10th place on Thursday in Spokane, Wash.

That result put them in 10th place in the 14-team competition that lasted three days.

Burbank and Zeigler skated to the tune of Joe Cocker’s “I Put a Spell On You” in the freeskate competition, where their results were consistent with the previous two days of competition.

The couple, skating at the national championships for the first time, finished ninth in the compulsory routine on Tuesday and placed 10th in the original dance on Wednesday.

The top eight couples in the Novice division competed on the Grand Prix circuit in Europe throughout the winter.

Burbank, a junior at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Zeigler and the other five couples in the Novice division mostly competed in events in the United States. They qualified for the national championships by placing third in the USFSA Pacific Coast Sectional Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Earlier in the week, Cordero Zuckerman of Fairbanks placed 10th in the Men’s Novice Singles. Zuckerman is a freshman at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Burbank and Zuckerman represented the Fairbanks Figure Skating Club at the event. The competition was the first national championship event for both skaters.

Lynn Ribar of FFSC also participated as a volunteer for the organizing committee.

Contact sports editor Bob Eley at 459-7581.

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