Team: Lakettes – Waconia dance
Head coach: Amy Segner
Assistant coaches: Katie Mueller (varsity), Jenny Peitz (varsity), while Natalie Kalkes (jv), Sarah Nelson (jv), and Bridget Whalen (jv).
Conference: Wright County
State titles: Six – 1984, 1989-1991, 1997, and 1999
State appearances: The Lakettes are currently on a three-year state streak, qualifying in 2010, 2011, and 2012
2011-12 finish: Head coach Amy Segner called the 2011-12 season “magical” last spring. Over the course of that winter, the Lakettes had many top five finishes at various competitions, including second place honors at Hutchinson and Mound-Westonka.
At the Wright County championship meet, the Lakettes captured the WCC title in the high kick division and finished second in jazz. The Lakettes earned their third consecutive state berth by placing second in the high kick at the Section 3AA competition. At state, Waconia finished 11th in Class AA.
Key losses: Missing from this year’s team are All-Conference dancers Marisa Keidel, Madison Peitz, and Krissy Rademacher, along with fellow 2012 graduates Jordan Decker, Victoria Haler, Shantel Peters, Maria Spurbeck, and Jill Sutherland.
Key returnees: This year, the Lakettes will be led by eight seniors including Jade Anderson, Natalie Beaton, Madison Hintgen, Sarah Krahulec, Mackenzie Loutzenhiser (All-Conference 2011), Jenna Lund, Sybil Rosenau, and Alison Stacker.
Newcomers/Prospects: With 53 dancers spread throughout the three levels of teams (varsity, junior varsity A, and junior varsity B), there is much room for newcomers to the team. This season, Segner has 14 new seventh grade dancers, most coming from the local Just for Kix program, something she deems “awesome.”
Teams to beat: Despite excellent sportsmanship and camaraderie with Mound-Westonka and Delano, Segner said the two teams are also some of the Lakettes biggest competitors, along with Orono. The Lakettes will face many of the WCC teams at the section level as well, but Marshall will prove to be tough competitor for the top Section 3AA spots.
Goals: That incoming talent can be used to keep the competition high at all levels of the Lakettes, a benefit since the team hopes to return to state for the fourth consecutive year in the high kick division.
Segner is also hoping that with the extra jazz techniques the team worked on over the summer, the jazz team can also make it to state. A jazz team from Waconia has not qualified for the state tournament since 1999 when the Lakettes shared the Class A Jazz title with Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
The Lakettes also hope to defend their 2012 conference high kick title, something Segner said is a definite possibility for this team.
“We’d love to be conference champs again,” she said.
Tired of the same moves and elements, Segner has put a challenge to her teams this year: no previous choreography can be used in the creation of the 2012-13 routines. Segner said she, and judges at competitions, want fresh and unique routines. Overall, Segner is very excited for the upcoming season, and said she has a great, hardworking group of athletes.
“Hands down, a very classy group,” she said.
First meet: The Lakettes kick off the season Dec. 1.