With a sixth place finish in the high kick division, the Waconia Lakettes dance team was unable to defend its 2012 conference championship Jan. 19 at Mound-Westonka. The Lakettes also finished fifth in jazz.
The battle for the conference title began back on Dec. 6, with the first high kick meet. At Litchfield, the Lakettes finished sixth.
Then competing at Delano on Jan. 10 in a strictly jazz competition, the Lakettes finished fifth of the eight conference teams. Orono took home top honors, followed by Holy Family, Mound-Westonka, and Delano.
Hosting their annual invitational on Jan. 12, the Lakettes competed against teams from all three classes, including many conference and section rivals.
In the high kick division, the Lakettes finished fifth, behind Hutchinson but ahead of Orono. Both teams are conference and section competitors.
The Lakettes fourth in jazz, behind Orono, but ahead of Hutchinson.
At the Jan. 19 conference championships, the Lakettes finished sixth in high kick with 15 total points. Top honors went to Hutchinson, Delano, and Mound-Westonka. Hutchinson was named the WCC’s high kick champion.
In jazz, where the Lakettes finished fifth, Holy Family took home the conference title, followed by Mound-Westonka and Orono.
Overall, Mound-Westonka was named the WCC champion, while Waconia finished sixth.
Lakettes head coach Amy Segner said it was frustrating to dance without three dancers on Jan. 19, all of whom were out due to illness or injury.
“When we received the scores we were floored that they were a little lower than they have been,” she said. “The coaches are going back to the drawing board and getting this team back on a strong track minus the injured dancers.”
Segner added that it was a great day of competition.
“We have very fun performances that we felt were very strong,” she said.
The Lakettes are at Mounds View this Saturday, Jan. 26, before hosting the Section 3AA competition on Feb. 2.
At the section meet, Waconia will see many of its conference competitors, along with Belle Plaine, Marshall, Montevideo, New Ulm, Watertown-Mayer, and Willmar. In order to qualify for the state competition, the Lakettes must finish at least third.
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