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Posted December 19, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Saints shine at state poms

The Xavier pom squad performs at a football game this fall. (Xavier Xpress photo)

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By Hailey Justice, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS – If you have been to a Xavier football game, you have probably witnessed a halftime show by the Xavier Poms.

The Xavier Poms are not just a performing team, they are a competitive team.

The Pom squad’s competition season started in the summer in Iowa City. This camp was a UDA camp where the Saints qualified for nationals. Nationals are in Orlando, Fla., in February. The Xavier Poms recently sent six girls to the state solo competition. All six placed in the top nine at this competition.

This is the first time in school history this has happened.

“If there was any year we could do it, it was this year because we all dance outside of school. too,” senior captain Morgan Noonan said.

The Xavier Pom squad consists of 16 girls with six freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and seven seniors. The auditions for the Pom squad take place the week before spring break. Practice begins soon after and continues almost year round. The Poms practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. every week.

“Some practices are more intense than others, like when we’re getting ready for a competition, but we always get a lot done and stay on task most of the time,” sophomore Erin Foley said

Competing at a state competition is different than just a regular competition. The poms competed three times.

“I was so nervous because it was the biggest state competition,” sophomore Lexi Smith said.

The poms placed first in the Pom category at state on Dec. 6 and also placed second in the lyrical and jazz divisions.

“I was really excited because we haven’t won state in a while,” Smith said.

Now it’s off to nationals.

“Our biggest goal this year is to make it into the top 10 at nationals,” Foley said. “But, in order to do that we need to make practice worth it and push each other to our fullest potential to be where we want to be at nationals.”

The Xavier pom squad is off to nationals in February. (Xavier Xpress photo)

 

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