12/13/2012 1:48:00 PM BDT has good day at Eastview
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Teams had another outstanding day at the Eastview Invitational on Saturday, taking first place despite a week full of sickness and no full practices.
"We had one of those awful uncontrollable weeks. We never had an entire team at practice because everyone was sick," Varsity Head Coach Madi Salisbury said. "We didn't know how many holes we were going to dance with or if the girls on the floor were even going to make it through. But the girls put their best performance on the floor. They didn't disappoint."
After a strong performance at Chaska's AA competition last week, Salisbury anticipated a drop in overall scores, but was thrilled when the team's scores went up at Eastview. "We competed against the best of the best in AA at Chaska and usually when you are against really strong competition you see a rise in your scores. So we expected a slight drop in scores competing in A this week," Salisbury explained.
On the contrary, the team's total score jumped 20 points, beating HVL rival Lake City by more than 30 points. "On a normal week that is tough to do and they did it with almost no practice."
The team's highest scores were in Routine Effectiveness which is described in judging criteria as: strength, power, stamina and confidence. "The girls control that entirely and it can make or break a routine," Salisbury said.
Noting Kick Technique as the team's challenge area, Salisbury quipped, "As we approach a break from competition we will be focusing on our technique, and I am sure the girls are going to love that!"
The BDT JV also took first place with their initial competition of the season. Head JV Coach Leah Dockter said, "We had a lot of nerves with it being our first competition, but overall we had a great performance." Salisbury added, "The kids had a great time and we couldn't be more happy with starting out their season with a 1st place. We are very proud coaches."