March 4, 2013

Cheer Teams Win at America's Best in Detroit

This weekend both cheer teams competed at America's Best competition at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. Co-ed cheer had a perfect performance and all-time high score of the season with a 77.93 finishing with a first place win. Their routine was choreographed by assistant coach Holly Petry.

"The addition of Kirsten Cockrell, who was originally on All-Girl team and out for a concussion in the past three weeks, it gave this team a new confidence, and this was what they needed," said head coach Regina Smith.

The team will be competing against Florida A&M University and the University of Guelph of Canada, March 14-16, 2013, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at CANAM College Nationals in the Co-ed Intermediate Division under Cheer Limited Brands.

"This will be the first time the Co-ed Cheer Team will have competed against another team this season, it will be exciting to see them compete head-to-head," said Smith. 

The All-Girl team had two good performances this past weekend. The All-Girl Team started off competing at America's Best in Detroit, also receiving their highest score of the season at 79.33. However after deductions for missed stunts, the team's score dropped to a 75.83, still giving them the first place win.

"The good news about this performance is that our routine will constantly change and get harder as the season progresses. To see the score increase with a few minor changes made earlier in the week, gave me confidence that we are headed in the right direction as a team," states Smith.

On day two, All-Girl headed to Chicago, Illinois, where the team competed at Jam Bash, where their original competition of Indiana Northwest University moved to Exhibition Performance. The team score after deductions was a 72.33.

"This was good for the girls to experience competing two days back-to-back, because at nationals in April, the girls hope they will make it to day two to compete for the national title", said coach Smith.

Both teams have stayed undefeated thus far this season. The next All-Girl competition will be Sunday, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This will be the last competion the team will do before heading to Daytona Beach, Florida for the National Cheerleading Assocation Collegiate Championship, where they will go head-to-head against rival schools of the MIAA and other NCAA Division III and II Colleges.

"As our seasons are wrapping up, I am looking forward to seeing how they preserve throughout the remainder of the season," states Smith.