Kierra Sweeney of Oakton will be attending the Tier 1 girls U-16 Ice Hockey Nationals in Marlborough Mass. in April.
Kierra plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Hockey team and is the team’s second leading scorer. She traveled weekends to play with them starting at the end of August.
The team qualified for nationals by beating the Ohio Flames in Culver, Ind. in March. The team played this past season in the Tier 1 Elite League based in the Midwest and in Canada.
Kierra started playing hockey on boys' teams with the Reston Raiders when she was 6 years old.
Following Reston, she played for the Montgomery Blue Devils U-12 Team for two years. The team qualified for AAA Nationals both years.
The next three years she played for the St. Louis Lady Blues U-14 and U-16 teams, qualifying for Nationals her second year at U-14.
Kierra is a junior at Madison High School where she starts on the Lacrosse and Field Hockey teams.