by Kailyn Geter
This Sunday, November 9, DC Edge hosted the 8th annual Capitol Critique at Garden’s Ice House in Laurel, Md. from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There were 500 skaters at the event representing a total of 38 teams. Teams from as far as Philadelphia and as close as Maryland all joined together to debut their programs in front of a group of judges and technical specialists.
To kick off the exhibition, the only adult team at the event, DC Edge’s two-time national champion adult team, presented their program. Following adult was the intermediate division with Team Ashburn, Philadelphia Symmetry, DC Edge, and Richmond Synchro. Before the first ice cut, Team Ashburn’s exhibition team performed their program for the audience.
After the ice make the preliminary teams, DC Edge Red and Blue, Richmond Synchro, and Team Ashburn performed. The juvenile division consisted of only three teams—Team Ashburn, Philadelphia Symmetry, and DC Edge. The University of Maryland showed an expansion to their skating program with the addition of a collegiate team as well as their open collegiate team.
New to the novice division this year are DC Edge, Team Ashburn, and Steel City Blades. These teams performed along with Philadelphia Symmetry’s novice team, who qualified for nationals last season. DC Edge fielded the lone masters team at this event. There were multiple open juvenile teams including new to the division Richmond Synchro, SCW Blades, and Steel City Blades. DC Edge open juvenile also performed and they did field an open juvenile team last season.
The last three divisions of the evening were pre-juvenile, beginner 1, and beginner 2. For pre-juvenile, beginner 1, and beginner 2, DC Edge fielded a Red and a Blue team. Team Ashburn fielded all three divisions as well. The other pre-juvenile team that performed was from SCW Blades and the beginner 2 division also included Richmond Synchro and Steel City Blades.
Overall, the Capitol Critique was a fun experience for the skaters and allowed the coaches and skaters to get feedback on their programs to help polish and prepare to perform their program at their first competitions of the season.