Cheerleaders earn national title

ASU Coed Cheer squad competes at national level

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On March 1, 2018

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The ASU cheer squad celebrates their national championship title.

The ASU Coed cheer team earned its first national championship title Feb. 24-25 in Anaheim, CA.

"They have worked so hard this season," head cheer coach Kaylee Feece said. "They have faced adversity almost at every turn, and yet every time they came out stronger. To watch them be able to bring home the national championship was just the best feeling in the world."

The team was awarded first place for Large Coed Team – Four-Year University, third place for mascot and fourth place for all-male stunt group.

"The competition was great," Cade Pence, sophomore, said. "There was a ton of energy. There were so many people everywhere supporting us, from our coach to our mascots. It was absolutely amazing."

The team beat out schools like Idaho State and Arizona State.

"It was amazing," Megan Espinosa, senior, said. "We all freaked out with excitement, yelling and screaming. We were all just so proud of each other."

12 cheerleaders and two mascots represented the blue and gold throughout the two-day competition.

"Competing as a whole is pretty much a rush of adrenaline and anxiety all at the same time," Espinosa said.

The team was excited for their performance to start so they could show off their hard work.

"We were standing behind the curtain, all waiting very patiently to hear our name called," Pence said. "There was a promo video right before we went on so the anticipation started to get to us because the promo video seemed like a million years. So when they finally called our name it was kind of like this ‘okay here we go. It’s now or never.’"

Preparation for the competition was tough.

"They’ve pushed their bodies through the early morning and the late nights and the three-a-day practices," Feece said. "They were all worth it. I kept promising them that they would all be worth it, but you can never promise a national championship. I’m glad that’s how it played out."

The team had over 100 practices before boarding their flight to the west coast.

"Preparation for this competition was endless," Pence said. "We were all so tired, but we came in ready to work and we got it done."

Their hard work paid off when their name was called and the first place trophy was in their hands.

"The amount of time, effort, sweat, blood, tears, and everything that went into it was all worth it in the end," Espinosa said.

After arriving in San Angelo, the team was greeted at the airport by ASU fans.

"It felt great to come off of that plane with everyone waiting there supporting us," Espinosa said. "We’ve given so much to the school, and we just felt the love coming back."

The squad is proud of how they represented the school.

"It felt great representing ASU," Pence said. "When we went there people would look at us and ask ‘ASU? Where is that? I have no idea who that is.’ It felt great to walk away from the competition with people being like ‘That’s Angelo State University. They’re from Texas.’ We put our name on the map."

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