BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 20 girls from Eastern Maine are getting ready to compete at a national level in baton twirling. The Maine-i-acs are a team of girls ranging in ages from 11 to 22 - most of whom have been twirling baton for most of their lives.
Many of the girls say twirling is a lot harder than it looks. It combines dance and gymnastics - both of which require lots of coordination, skills and practice. The Maine-i-acs are headed to University of Notre Dame in Indiana this weekend to compete against tens of thousands of other girls from all over the country.
While some of them are intimidated, others say they need to focus on teamwork in order to be successful. "You can't just do a solo by yourself when you have eight other girls on the floor with you. You have to work together," says Carley Scanlon from Bucksport.
The national competition is Monday through Friday next week. The team competition - where the entire group will perform - is on Monday and Tuesday. Some of the girls are also competing in the senior level or junior level contests.