Cheer team earns 2-PEAT as national champions

ASU cheer dominates Large Coed 4-Year Show category

By Sophia Gravatt
On March 8, 2019
 

 

Photo contributed by Kaylee King: Cheer team performs routine at the the USA Collegiate Championships. This is the team’s second consecutive win. 

 

 

 
ASU’s cheerleading team on Feb. 23 -24 competed in the USA Collegiate Championships in Anaheim, California, and won nationals for the second year in a row. 
“We didn’t go out to California with the mindset of winning,” Kaylee King, head cheer coach, said. “Instead, we went with the mindset of putting out the cleanest routine that we could. We wanted to walk off the mat knowing we had done the best we could with the skills that we had.”
King said the team competed in the Large Coed 4-Year Show Cheer Division. They went up against New Mexico State University, Idaho State University and University of Wyoming. 
King said day one was preliminaries, which counted for 30 percent of their overall score. The second day was worth 70 percent of their score. The same routine was performed both days, she said. 
King said that winning for a second time felt surreal. 
“These young men and women have trained tirelessly and for all of that to pay off is very rewarding,” she said. “I have seen them through blood, sweat, tears and smiles to get to where they are today and the overall growth of this team from the beginning is phenomenal. I am so glad they got a chance to feel what it is like to walk away as champions.”
King said the team had been working on their routine for months, beginning as early as November. They practiced five days a week, working to get each section perfect. The sections included: tumbling, stunts, pyramids, jumps, partner stunts and dance.
Sophomore Madisen Kent said her favorite part of the competition was just having fun with not only her team, but with the other teams as well. 
“It was great to just mingle with everyone and have so many other teams supporting us,” Kent said. “We would constantly be lifting other teams up and have huge group dances with so many other teams.”
She said it was great because so many people were nervous, but it helped to know she had her team’s support along with the other teams’.
She said she thought they were going to get second place in the competition. 
“Coming out of day one, we were standing in first, but only barely,” Kent said. “On day two, while we did have a perfect hit routine, so did New Mexico State.” 
She said she was very surprised when they won. She said she and her best friend were praying before they announced the winners. 
“We knew we would be happy with second place simply because we did all that we could,” she said. “When they announced our name, our whole team jumped up, screaming. We were so happy.”

 

 

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