The Brighton Pom Team was invited back to the Dance Team Union National Pom Competition again this year. On Feb 21 and 22, the team did different competitions in jazz and pom against other teams from around the country.
Last year, the team placed eighth and looked to improve their standing this year.
The team ended up making it to the “second chance” round, where they advanced to the finals in the pom category. “It was definitely the best moment of the season when we found out we made it,” said Senior Isabella Webber.
As one of the last teams selected for the finals round, they came out with energy and intensity and ended up placing 12th out of the 15 teams selected for the finals. “I felt this year was a lot stronger and a lot more confident than last year because of how much more motivation and competition there was this year,” said Senior Ellie Smith.
The girls ended up placing third out of the competitors from Michigan, “it feels amazing because we worked so hard the entire season so that we could place at nationals, and it finally paid off,” said Webber.
They faced a rigorous competition schedule, competing four times on Saturday before the finals and competing once on Sunday during the finals round. “It was very stressful and tiring competing so many times in one day, especially since we had to wake up at 5:30 to get ready and we weren’t able to go to sleep until 11:30,” said Smith.
“I can confidently say that what we left on the stage was the strongest we have ever been as a program and I am thankful to be a part of this amazing team,” said Smith.