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Texas Tech Spirit Program Names 2012-2013 Pom Squad

Nine pom squad members will be returning, with seven new dancers joining.

Written by Leslie Cranford

More than 60 dancers moved past the preliminary auditions, and 34 dancers made it to finals, but only 16 were offered a spot on the prestigious team.

The 16-member pom squad includes, back row, left to right, Coach Harold, Craig, Schneider, Busch, Lanford, Rettig, Wilson, Widjaja, and Graham; and front row, left to right- Buckner, Stecklein, Jones, Ratliff, Choi, Brossman, and Graham. Not pictured: Dierker

The Texas Tech Spirit Program has named the 16-member pom squad for the 2012-2013 season.

A total of 68 dancers completed the preliminary audition process, with 34 named as finalists for the 16 available slots.

Erin Harold, who came to Texas Tech in April as the new pom coach, posted all of the audition material to a private YouTube account and sent the links to the candidates one week prior to the preliminary auditions. The prelim round consisted of fight song/chant, audition routine and individual technique.

Named for next year’s squad are Brittany Brossman, a junior from Houston; Kelsey Buckner, a junior from Rowlett; Kathleen Busch, a senior from Plano; Jackie Choi, a junior from Carrollton; Courtney Craig, a freshman from Flower Mound; Lexie-Paige Dierker, a freshman from Allen; Kristen Graham, a sophomore from Austin; Rachel Graham, a sophomore from Austin; Nailah Jones, a freshman from Houston; LaShey Lanford, a senior from Allen; Peyton Ratliff, a junior from Victoria; Kortani Rettig, a junior from Mesquite; Kelsey Schneider, a sophomore from Katy; Dawn Stecklein, a freshman from Flower Mound; Christa Widjaja, a freshman from Carrollton; and Sydney Wilson, a sophomore from Lubbock.

Finals consisted of across-the-floor combinations that were taught on the spot and then performed, individual interview, and then a call-back for some individuals at which they had to do the audition dance and fight song again.

“We were extremely overwhelmed with the talent at the pom squad audition this year,” Harold said. “It was very close for every spot on this year’s team, and we had to make some tough decisions. I am so excited about the squad that we have chosen, and look forward to working with them this season.”

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