Lions Have Strong Showing at Cheer Camp

Sept. 1, 2005

The LMU Cheer Squad returned from the Universal Cheer Associations college cheer camp on Sunday, August 14, with three more trophies to add to their quickly growing collection. The Lions won the "Most Collegiate Award" and placed first in the sideline competition for small co-ed squads. The squad also placed second in the cheer category.

The UCA camp, held at University of California, Santa Barbara, taught the squad new material, reviewed stunting technique, and reinforced safety guidelines, all of which were showcased on the final day of the camp in a performance competition.

The competition at the close of camp, which placed the LMU squad competing against eight schools in the small co-ed division, included both a cheer and sideline section. The cheer section of the competition was comprised of a halftime cheer and stunt sequence, while the sideline section was comprised of a short cheer and stunt incorporation which can be performed during a game.

While competing with the small co-ed squads, including those from Sacramento State University, San Francisco State University, and University of California at Davis, the squad from LMU earned second place in the cheer category and first in the sideline category.

In addition, the LMU Cheer Squad was awarded the Most Collegiate award, which is voted on by the UCA staff members. The Most Collegiate award is meant to recognize the squad who represents their university and administration in the most positive manner. The award is given to the squad that is recognized, supported and respected not only by the students but as well as all the athletics teams and the administration.

Upon return from the Santa Barbara camp, the cheerleaders will jump right into their first semester practice schedule. The practice schedule for the squad entails Sunday night practices at a gymnastics center, where the team will be able to work with a gymnastics coach on tumbling; Tuesday morning weight training with Todd Sudka; Tuesday night practice on campus, and Thursday morning weight training.

As competition season nears at the beginning of second semester, the Squad will likely add several additional practices in order to ensure full preparedness for the busy competition schedule that overlaps with basketball season.

- written by Tiffany Deering




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