As a captain, Lott said she sees herself as the “middleman” between coaches Yvonne Allford and Kacyn Haney and the rest of the squad. Though she said Allford has brought a level of discipline to which many of the Lady Buffs are still adjusting, having best friend Kaylee Harvanek as a fellow senior captain has made the job easier for Lott.
“We balance each other out,” Lott said of Harvanek.
“We have two coaches, so I don’t always get to lead by instruction so much. And so I just really have to lead by example, and I just have to really be mindful of all the things that are going on. A big part of my job is to communicate with everyone.”
Lott will have to set a strong example for these 2013-14 Lady Buffs, who she said still plan to take two different routines to Nationals in February. The Lady Buffs qualified for Nationals at a pom camp at Tulsa University over the summer, winning several team awards.
Lott was also named a Universal Dance Association All-American and earned a tryout to UDA’s staff at the TU camp.
“It was probably one of the best pom camps I’ve had,” Lott said. “Most pom camps, by the last day I am really ready to go home. But that one, I really could’ve stayed a little bit longer.”
Lott said she’s enjoyed state and national competitions, but they can be “really intense,” especially at Nationals.
She prefers Friday nights spent dancing on the sidelines of McAlester football games.
“I like to perform, as opposed to compete,” Lott said. “And so getting to perform on Fridays, it’s on a local level. It’s almost more intimidating, in a way, because you know the people that you’re dancing in front of, so you’re going to see them again and they’re going to remember how you did. But they’re also some of the most supportive people, too.”