Spirit Program Receives Awards at National Camp
Group earns a pair of first-place finishes, while Raider Red was named the Most Collegiate Mascot.
Written by Jorge Cruz
The cheerleading and pom squads pose with their trophies following another successful showing at camp. (Click photo to enlarge.)
Texas Tech University’s spirit program received awards at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Camp July 21-23 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
“Camp is always an exciting time because it’s the squads’ first time to perform in public,” said Bruce Bills, Texas Tech cheer and mascot coach. “I am very pleased with both cheer squads and the mascot’s performances and camp results. They represented Texas Tech and the spirit program very well throughout camp.”
The spirit program was awarded the following:
- Co-Ed Cheer: First Place Rally Routine, Gold Paid Bid, Superior in Gameday Routine and NCA Spirit Stick Winner
- All-Girl Cheer: Second Place Rally Routine, Bronze Paid Bid, Superior in Gameday Routine and NCA Spirit Stick Winner
- Pom Squad: First Place Team Dance, Gold Paid Bid, Excellence in Gameday Routine and NDA Spirit Stick Winner
- Raider Red: Most Collegiate Mascot and All-American Mascot
The following 12 cheerleaders were selected to be on the NCA All-American Collegiate Cheerleader Team: Jamie Balda, Noah Cagle, Coleigh Cheatham, Kymber Drake, Janelle Jackson, Nicole Mitchell, Laura Perley, Bradley Schaefer, Jessica Scott, Hunter Thompson, Bridgette Van Weezel and Regan Waits.
The following three members from the Pom Squad were selected for the All-American Dance Team: Kathleen Busch, Jackie Choi and Kortani Rettig.
“They were focused, determined and dedicated throughout their time at camp,” said Erin Harold, Texas Tech Pom Squad coach. “My team worked very hard, and truly deserved the awards they were given. Going to camp was a great way to start our season, and the Pom Squad definitely represented Texas Tech very well.”
The cheerleaders are one the powerhouses of collegiate cheer squads.
Members perform at all football games, women’s home volleyball games, and men’s and women’s home basketball games. In addition, cheerleaders travel to all post season football bowl games, Big 12 tournament basketball games, and NCAA/NIT basketball tournament games.