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Cheer and Pom Teams Invite Public to National Showcase

Award-winning squads will display their national competition routines.

Written by Leslie Cranford

The national competitions for both the cheerleaders and pom squad will take place in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The national competitions for both the cheerleaders and pom squad will take place in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Texas Tech University cheerleaders and pom squad will participate in national competitions April 11-12 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The coed cheer and pom squad routines will be showcased at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 4) on the main floor of the arena. The coed cheer routine only will be featured at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 7).

The cheer squad will compete in the National Cheerleaders Association collegiate competition; while the pom squad will vie in the National Dance Association collegiate dance championship. Both groups will showcase their 2013 nationals routines.

According to Texas Tech cheer coach Bruce Bills, in the past six years cheer has finished in the top 5 teams in the country, coming in at third place in 2012 and second place in 2011. This will be the pom squad’s first year to compete in this particular division and the team’s first major competition under first-year coach Erin Harold. In the past the team has finished in the top 10.

“The nationals routines are unique because they highlight some of the most elite skills in cheer and dance,” Bills said. “The skills you will see the squads perform are different from football and basketball game days because of the floor restrictions and in-game rules.”  

During the summer, both teams qualified for nationals by attending camp and receiving Gold National’s Bids. Skill elements and choreography practices began in September with final enhancements being added in early March during two-a-day practices.

The showcase is open to the public with free admission. Donations of support will be accepted at the door. Please use the northwest street-level entrance to the arena; park in the north lot and come downstairs to the main court.

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