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Feb. 20, 2011

Poms win second place at Counties

by Melissa Haniff, Online Managing Editor

The Blair varsity poms squad came in second place at the Division III county competition held at Richard Montgomery High School on Saturday. Senior co-captain Selena Wyborski won the third place Captain's Award for her solo at the end of the team routine and Blair won the Spirit Award, which is awarded to the team with the most energetic fans.

Junior Sara Pollacco smiles to the audience after Blair won the Spirit Award. Senior team captain Selena Wyborski holds the team's overall place trophy. Lorena Kowalewski
Junior Sara Pollacco smiles to the audience after Blair won the Spirit Award. Senior team captain Selena Wyborski holds the team's overall place trophy.
Blair was the last of seven teams to perform. Blair's routine, choreographed by Wyborski and junior co-captain Sara Pollacco, was the same as the one they performed at the divisional competition in January. However, the team added finishing touches to their brilliant waves, strong use of pompons and polished rounds of splits that pushed Blair's performance towards perfection. "We added more little things…everybody has special talents and we wanted to highlight them, " Pollacco said.

B-CC placed first overall in the competition and Poolesville, who won first place at Divisionals, took third place behind Blair. Northwood captain Tiffany Beckley took first place in the Captain's Award.

B-CC's squad seemed to have won the judges over with their elaborate choreography that showed off their large team. Their routine included sections of ripples in which all the members were completely in sync.

The team embraces after their second-place win. Lorena Kowalewski
The team embraces after their second-place win.
One huge obstacle Blair's squad had to face was the loss of a member. With the team narrowed down to eight people, Blair once again had to overcome the challenge of measuring up to larger teams such as B-CC, Poolesville and Gaithersburg. "It is harder with a small team, but at the same time, we did what we had to do…we wanted to beat Gaithersburg and Poolesville and we did it," Pollacco said. "I'm so proud of my team, we did an amazing job." Coach Gwen Thomas agreed with Pollacco's sentiments and was very happy with the squad's performance. "We are only eight, but we are eight strong and mighty," Thomas said.

Despite the small number of people on the squad, the team worked well off of each other and had the support of the Blair varsity cheerleaders and the fans, whose cheering helped Blair win the Spirit Award. Pollacco mentioned that she was thrilled with not only with the performance of her team but with the liveliness that the fans brought to the competition.

Both Pollacco and Thomas believed that team's performance today was indicative of their talents and potential. "We really stepped it up a notch," Pollacco said.

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  • Tiffany on February 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    I thought you guys had 13 members if only 8 performed and and 1 was lost, what happened to the other 4? I feel that you guys although great, do not respect other members of your squad. Shame on you captains and the coach.
    • Isabelle on February 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM
      Rule #1 : If you have nothing nice to say: don't say it!
      • Weiner (View Email) on February 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM
        Rule #1: If you feel the need to be a pompous prat and tell people off for saying their opinion, Dont do it! :)
    • Blazer on February 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM
      If the other teammates did not feel respected why would they come show their support at all the competitions? Before you accuse anyone of disrespect ,you may want to know a little bit more information. Poms is just like any other sport in the fact that you put your best out there when you want to do well. Maybe you should have taken that into consideration with your team.
  • Margie (View Email) on February 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM
    Way to go and a huge congratulations! Clearly, you have worked very hard and put in many hours to accomplish this honor. As I noted previously, the size of the group should not really matter. In fact, with a smaller group, it is even more important that everyone is in step because it is more noticeable if a mistake is made. Blair's choreography and music were superior and each "Pom" really hit her stride. Look out Redskin Cheerleaders and Rockettes!
  • Erkee on March 7, 2011 at 7:02 PM
    Tiffany you really need to worry about your squad and how well they performed, not attempt to belittle another.
  • Tiffany on March 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM
    Competition is not just about winning its about allowing more bonds to build for a squad so don't be concerned about other people's squads and how they performed, i just thought that blair squad was good with all the girls not just 8.
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