Thursday February 21, 2013
South Burlington entered Saturday’s State Championship meet against Mount Mansfield hoping to claim victory for the second straight season—and just missed accomplishing their goal. The Rebels finished the competition trailing the Cougars by just 0.25 points, as Mount Mansfield defeated South Burlington 480.50-480.25 and was crowned state champion of the 2012-13 season. While the Rebels won two of the genres of competition—jazz and pom—Mount Mansfield’s win in hip-hop and second place finish in jazz provided them with a razor-thin margin of victory.
The nature of the decision further highlights changes made to the way this year’s state championships were judged. In the past, five judges have critiqued all three genres of competition; this season, in order to bring the state championship format more in line with the New England State Championships, the competition adopted a system of judging that incorporated two separate panels of three individual judges.
For Mount Mansfield, it was vindication of a 2011 championship mix-up, when the Cougars—who were announced as runners-up in the competition— later found that they had outscored their opponents and were, weeks later, announced as champions. This time, the victory was narrow but official.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent