The Waconia Lakettes’ dreams of a fourth consecutive state tournament trip were cut short last weekend at the Section 3AA tournament, as the Lakettes finished sixth in both categories, falling short of the top three cutoff for state.
Head coach Amy Segner said the Lakettes were disappointed not to go to state, but overall very pleased with their performances on Feb. 2.
“The Lakettes finally had two strong performances,” Segner said. “No regrets and they each gave their routines everything they had in them. As a coach that is all we can ask for after all the drilling and practices they do.”
In jazz, Segner said the routine had the best energy, sassy moves, and cleanest execution she has seen all season. Marshall took home tops jazz honors and the state tournament berth, while Mound-Westonka and Holy Family also qualified for state.
After battling illnesses and injury this season, Segner was happy the high kick routine had no last minute changes to worry about.
“Therefore the team’s performance was flawless, energetic, kick were high and so much fun that the dancers couldn’t believe how great they had felt to have then completed the second of two great and powerful performances,” she said.
Marshall also won the high kick division, with Delano and Hutchinson also earning state trips.
Segner said the best thing about Saturday’s competition was the high level of sportsmanship the Lakettes showed, despite not placing in the top three.
“These girls held their heads up high, congratulated all the dancers that made it,” she said. “Life is not fair and if as a young teenage girl you can be that mature and have that great of sportsmanship to be so gracious to others is huge and makes all of the coaches so proud of this team.”
Look for a full wrap-up of the Waconia Lakettes 2012-13 season in the coming weeks.
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