ASU cheer team wins big at national competition

ASU cheerleaders take first place in two events in Anaheim, California

By Sophia Gravatt
On February 28, 2020

Photo contributed by the ASU coed cheer team

 

The ASU coed cheer team on Feb. 15 won nationals for the third year in a row.

The team traveled to Anaheim, Cal­ifornia, to compete against other colleges throughout the U.S.

ASU won first place for the Band Chant Contest, first place for the Situation­al Sideline Contest and second place for the Fight Song Contest.

For the Band Chant Contest, ASU competed against Portland State University, Greenville University, College of the Sequoias and Butte College.

For the Fight Song Contest, they com­peted against Portland State University, Col­lege of the Sequoias, Butte College, Hawaii Pacific University and California State Uni­versity Dominguez Hills.

For the Situational Sideline Contest, ASU went up against California State Uni­versity Dominguez Hills, Portland State Uni­versity, College of the Sequoias, Butte College and Greenville University.

Head Cheer Coach Kaylee King said the team practiced Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. to prepare their three routines.

“It took a lot of hard work to make the routines clean and competition ready,” King said. “They pushed through several adversi­ties and many early mornings to get ready for the big day.”

She said the competition was very ex­citing.

“There are thousands of cheerleaders everywhere, so the atmosphere is always an exciting one,” she said. “In our division, we faced five other teams for each routine, so the warm-up room is always intense.”

King said because they only got one shot for each routine, whatever they per­formed was what was scored, making the competition very nerve-racking.

“Staying energized was a challenge as well, but they did it,” she said. “Something about the energy of the entire competition is electrifying.”

Senior Heather Reatherford said she knew her team had three great routines and they did ev­erything they could to win.

“My favorite part was the bond of the team when we got to Califor­nia,” Reatherford said.

She said everybody clicks and is on the same page about winning but also having fun together.

“I felt that all my hard work and early morn­ing practices paid off in the end,” she said.

King said she be­lieved they had a good chance of winning.

“I knew we would put out three sharp and well-executed routines,” she said. “There’s always the factor of not knowing what the other teams will bring to the table, but I was very confident in our ma­terial.”

She said this sea­son was overwhelming and had many ups and downs along the way.

“To get here and be able to truly come together as one team and work as one to put out great performances made the wins so sweet,” King said. “Every year we are remind­ed of how blessed we are to have the opportu­nity.”

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