Lemont's varsity poms team wrapped up the 2012-13 season by placing fourth in the Class AA Open Dance category at the 2013 TEAMDance Illinois State Championship, held at the Peoria Civic Center March 3.
The squad’s fourth-place finish marked the program’s best finish in state competition since 1996.
Additionally, the squad was one of just 23 teams from across the state to be nominated for the TDI “True Colors Sportsmanship Award.” Teams that are nominated for the award demonstrate character, friendliness and sportsmanship, with team members and coaches alike showing respect and admiration for the hard work of their competitors while being serious competitors themselves.
Lemont missed a state trophy by just 0.4 points. Triad captured the state title with Larkin and Batavia placing second and third respectively.
The Indians' top finish in the state competition came in 1996 when the squad was third in the Class AA Novelty category at the Illinois Dance Team Association State Finals.
Lemont, which is coached by Stephenie Campanile, produced three different first-place efforts in regional competition, earning them a Placement Bid to the TDI State Championship. The Indians were first in the Open Dance category at competitions at Wheaton Warrenville South (Dec. 2), Bremen (Feb. 2) and Andrew (Feb. 16).
This is the fourth time in five seasons that the team has qualified for the TDI State Championship. Its previous best finish in TDI state competition was 2011, when it placed sixth in the Class AA Open Pom