CU Cheerleaders place Sixth in National Competition
Athens, W.Va. – Practice paid off for the Concord cheerleaders in January when they placed sixth in the All-Girl category of the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National Collegiate Cheerleading Competition.
The competition, which was held at Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports Complex, is a national competition for collegiate cheerleaders from all conferences and divisions. In order to qualify, each team was required to submit a video tape of a cheer and a skills segment. The skills segment could not exceed one and one-half minutes and had to include tumbling, partner stunts, basket tosses, and pyramids. Concord’s team qualified for the semi-finals based on this taped entry.
According to Lisa Blankenship, Concord cheerleading coach, this year marked the ninth time the team has placed in the top 10.
“Last year we placed fifth and this year we were sixth but more teams competed this year,” she explained. “According to UCA representatives the All-Girls divisions are the fastest growing areas of the competition.”
The entire routine included sections in both music and cheering. The music portion was judged on stunting, tumbling, basket tosses, pyramids and dance. The cheer portion was judged on communication, motions, stunts and tumbling, and crowd effectiveness. To get ready for this competition, Blankenship said much practice went into it.
The cheerleaders gave up their Christmas break as they returned to campus on January 5 to begin two a day practices and to also cheer at home games. Even with injuries and individuals leaving the team, Blankenship said they still managed to do well in the competition.
“The individual athletes as well as the coaches who pushed each other to do their best helped contribute to this success,” Blankenship said. “I was pleased with our results. These student athletes receive no athletic aid and have outside jobs as well as class and practices. They manage their time very well.”
Members of the CU cheerleading team include the following: Stephanie Baker from Sutton, Tiffany Bishop from Avondale; Leila Blankenship from Mohawk; Angela Booth from Huntingtown, Md.; Desirae Bowles from Salem, Va.; Cassie Calloway from Glen Daniel; Jacqueline Freeman from Naoma; Bethany Gilco from Man; Kimberly Gillespie from Lashmeet; Amanda Griffith from Alderson; Trakina Hancock from Rocky Mount, Va.; Erika Harris from Kistler; Cara Hatfield from Peterstown; Jessica King from Glen Daniel; Shana Mollohan from St. Albans; Kristy Nevi from War; Rebekah Patterson from Meadow Bridge; Amanda Pini from Middletown, Del.; Jordan Quesenberry from Mullens; Cassie Stewart from Pineville; and Kim Stone from Fishersville, Va.
PHOTO: Concord’s 2007-2008 cheerleading team at the Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida
Andrea Meador a freshman majoring in English and journalism wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.