Lakettes fourth, sixth at Section 3AA

From left, Jennifer Pannier, Mari Wiggert, Katelind Keating, Kennedy Peitz, Anna Keidel, Rachel Shirk, and Melanie Bloudek perform the Lakettes’ jazz routine to “Jealous of the Angels” at sections last weekend. (Submitted photo)

From left, Jennifer Pannier, Mari Wiggert, Katelind Keating, Kennedy Peitz, Anna Keidel, Rachel Shirk, and Melanie Bloudek perform the Lakettes’ jazz routine to “Jealous of the Angels” at sections last weekend. (Submitted photo)

Although they may not have come home with the state tournament berth they were hoping for, the Waconia Lakettes dance team had a successful Section 3AA meet last weekend at Mound-Westonka and can take a lot of pride in their performances.

“Section performances couldn’t have been performed any better than they were,” Lakettes head coach Amy Segner said.

Of the 13 teams in Section 3AA, Waconia finished fourth in jazz, just missing out on a state tournament entry. Mound-Westonka, Holy Family, and Orono claimed the top three spots.

When it came down to scores, the Lakettes finished third, but were just one-half of a rank point behind Orono, which eventually placed them fourth.

“It was the cleanest performance Waconia has ever put out on the sections floor,” Segner said. “And in return, we just missed going to the state competition in the Jazz Category by .5 of a ranking point … because of the number of judges the ranking points are what determines placements.”

In the high kick, the Lakettes were sixth, while Mound-Westonka, Marshall, and Belle Plaine will represent the section at state. Segner said this Lakettes’ performance had the highest amount of energy and precision of the season.

“Coming in sixth wasn’t enough to get us to the state competition but knowing that scores were all very tight and how the team felt after their final performance was great to them,” Segner said. “They left everything they had on the floor.”

The Lakettes coaching staff is “so very proud” of this year’s team, according to Segner, who said that words like sportsmanship, fun, energetic, and hard-working are only a few ways to describe this team.

“Waconia Lakettes are very happy for Belle Plaine, who has never competed in the state competition, and Orono who has missed going to state by one place for many years!” she said.

The state competition kicks off Feb. 14 at the Target Center with jazz on Friday and high kick on Saturday.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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