Annika Bjorklund, a fifth grader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, was one of a few Falls Church residents to compete with DC EDGE, the area’s largest synchronized skating organization, in the Eastern Sectional Championships in Lake Placid, NY over the weekend.
Bjorklund’s juvenile-level synchronized skating team placed fourth qualifying for the U.S. Figure Skating Synchronized Skating National Championships, to be held in Providence, RI next month.
Several other Falls Church City students also compete with DC EDGE. Greta Ross, another fifth grader at Thomas Jefferson, competed at the preliminary level this weekend with DC EDGE’s red team and qualified for the final round at sectionals, ultimately placing sixth. Still another Jefferson fifth grader, Emma Ward, joined DC EDGE’s beginner team earlier this season.
Additional skaters from the Falls Church-McLean-Arlington area won gold with other DC EDGE teams at the non-qualifying level. DC EDGE teams won six gold medals last weekend, one bronze medal and one pewter medal (4th place) and all five of the organization’s teams that were eligible to qualify for the national championships did.
DC EDGE practices at the Kettler, Cabin John, and Wheaton ice rinks. On Sunday, Feb. 22 the organization’s skaters will be skating at a send-off for the national championships at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit dcedgesynchro.org.