ST. PAUL -- Bemidji native Wren Warne-Jacobsen has qualified for the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by winning the Junior Ladies division at the Midwestern Sectional in Fort Wayne, Ind., earlier this month.

Warne-Jacobsen, 15, rallied her way to the victory, coming from sixth place after the short program by winning the free skate portion of the competition and completing five triple jumps in the process.

"I was really nervous after having a mistake in my short program and being in sixth place," said Warne-Jacobsen. "I knew I had to have a great free skate if I had a chance to qualify for Nationals. I was fifth to skate out of 13 in the free skate, so I had to wait over an hour to see if I had made it. I just kept checking the scores and when I realized I had stayed in first place I was so happy."

With her win at the Midwestern Sectionals, Warne-Jacobsen completed a virtual hat trick having previously won the Junior Ladies events at the Minnesota State Figure Skating Championships in Bloomington in August and the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships in Peoria, Ill., in October.  

Warne-Jacobsen began skating in Learn to Skate classes at the Bemidji Figure Skating Club when she was 5 years old. She won her first Minnesota State Figure Skating Championships title at the Pre-Preliminary level at age 8, while representing the Bemidji Figure Skating Club.  She and her family moved to St. Paul when she was 10 to train at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club with coach Ann Eidson, who is the director of skating for St. Paul Figure Skating Club.

"Wren is tremendously dedicated, and she is beginning to see the rewards for her hard work," said Eidson. “When she competes she performs with a unique combination of determination and joy which keeps the judges and audience captivated.”

More than 120 of the nation’s best skaters will vie for titles at the U.S. Championships Jan. 18-27 in Detroit. Warne-Jacobsen will be one of 12 competitors nationwide who have qualified to compete in the Junior Ladies field.

This will be Warne-Jacobsen's second trip to the U.S. Championships having previously qualified at the Intermediate level in 2016, where she placed seventh.