Plagued by illness and injuries on both the varsity jazz and high kick teams, positions on the floor were constantly changing.
“Every week we were taking dancers out of formations and rearranging,” Segner said. “When dancers say they are flexible, they not only mean physically but mentally too.”
Segner said the Lakettes had to learn all aspects of the jazz and kick routines along with learning to “just get out there and do your dances.”
“Confidence was boosted because of it and looking ahead to the new upcoming seasons, not only have the dancers grown a lot but coaches are revamping a few ways of handling illness and injury,” Segner said.
She said the best thing about the 2012-13 season has little to do with dancing itself, but the sportsmanship of the Lakettes.
“Even though we were going through the rough patches, this class act group of ladies always kept their head sup and would be happy and congratulatory to other fellow dancers that we competed with,” Segner said. “As coaches, we train these dancers for performances, yes, but our main focus is on these ladies being just that, ladies in life.”
Throughout the season, the Lakettes consistently placed in the top ten teams at every meet. Their highest finishes of the season were a third place finish at Belle Plaine on Jan. 5 and a fourth place in jazz at their home invitational on Jan. 12, where they also finished fifth in high kick.
The high kick team finished sixth at Litchfield on Dec. 6, Mound-Westonka on Jan. 19 (conference), and seventh at Mounds View on Jan. 26. The jazz dancers were fifth in the conference, fifth at Delano Jan. 10, and eighth at Mounds View.
Overall, the Lakettes finished sixth in the Wright County Conference and also placed sixth in both categories at the Section 3AA meet on Feb. 2.
Segner said the section competition was the Lakettes’ best of the season.
“By far the best this team has ever danced together in both jazz and high kick,” she said. “Whether or not you receive a trip to the state competition, as coaches all we want is for every dancer to come off the competition floor and know that they did that routine to the best of their abilities, and this team did it.”
The team loses a strong leadership group of seven seniors this year including Mackenzie Loutzenhiser, Jade Anderson, Jenna Lund, Madison Hintgen, Sybil Rosenau, Alison Stacker, and Sarah Krahulec. In their place, five juniors are ready for the chance to step up and lead the team as seniors in 2013-14 including Rachel Shirk, Mari Wiggert, Anna Keidel, Rachel Stephan, and Jordyn Jones.
All-Conference honorees include Mackenzie Loutzenhiser, Jade Anderson, and Rachel Shirk. Team awards went to Courtnie Stoddard (Rookie of the Year), Mari Wiggert (Most Improved Dancer), Jade Anderson (Most Dedicated and Best Leader), and Mackenzie Loutzenhiser (Best Dancer & Leader).
The Lakettes are already looking forward to the summer dance technique training, future conditioning, and dance camp in July, according to Segner.
“Looking for new music and our main goal is to have the varsity team in all new uniforms,” she said.
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