Judge 11th; Tkacheva 26th At NRW Trophy

National team members Sophia Tkacheva and Dillon Judge were back in action this weekend at the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany in their respective categories.

Tkacheva began the event for Team Ireland in the Junior Women’s short programme. She opened her routine with an attempted double Axel and went on to land a double Lutz-double toe loop combination and a solo double loop. She ended her programme with a Level 4 change foot combination spin. A score of 30.05 points put her in 27th place overnight.

In the following day’s free skating, Tkacheva commenced with a double loop and again attempted a double Axel. She included five other jumping passes in her performance and garnered Level 3 for both a flying change foot sit spin and a layback spin. She scored 55.38 points which placed her 24th in the free and she moved up a spot to 26th overall with a total of 85.43.

Judge cleanly landed a triple Salchow-double toe loop combination at the start of the Junior Men’s short programme before attempting a triple loop. He also included a double Axel and two Level 3 spins in his routine. His score of 38.49 points put him in 11th place at the midway stage of the event.

The next day Judge concluded the competition with the free skating. He began with a triple Salchow attempt followed by a double Axel. Later on in the programme another successfully landed double Axel earned a positive grade of execution from the judging panel. He also received full value for a Level 3 flying camel spin. His free score of 66.28 points gave him a combined total of 104.77 points and he remained in 11th place.

“Overall I was pretty dissatisfied as the mistakes I made were not reflected in practices,” Judge said. “However, for the first time, I managed to achieve new spin levels on the flying camel.”

Sam McAllister was third after the Senior Men’s short programme, but had to withdraw from the event due to injury.