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Texas Tech Names New 2013-14 Pom Squad

The team consists of 14 veterans and four freshmen.

Written by Leslie Cranford

The new 18-member pom squad, with coach Erin Harold, far right. (Click photo to enlarge.)

The new 18-member pom squad, with coach Erin Harold, far right. (Click photo to enlarge.)

The Texas Tech University Spirit Program has named the 18-member pom squad for the 2013-2014 season.

A total of 60 dancers completed the audition process, with four new freshmen and 14 veterans being selected to the new team.

Erin Harold, who completed her first full year as 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.

Preliminaries consisted of fight song and chant evaluation, jazz combination and hip hop combination evaluation, and individual technique. Harold took 32 dancers to finals for the 18 spots. Eight of the auditions came via video and were scored the same as those that attended the live audition.

Named for next year’s squad are seniors Brittany Brossman from Houston, Kelsey Buckner from Rowlett, Jackie Choi from Carrollton, Peyton Ratliff from Victoria, and Kortani Rettig from Mesquite; juniors Bethany Goff from Morgantown ,W.Va., Kristen Graham from Austin, Rachel Graham from Austin, Kelsey Schneider from Katy, Dawn Stecklein from Flower Mound, and Sydney Wilson from Lubbock; sophomores Courtney Craig from Flower Mound, Nailah Jones from Houston, and Christa Widjaja from Carrollton, and freshmen Sarah Dismuke from Houston, Morgan Kelley from The Woodlands, Tori Skillings from Plano and Tori White from Hurst.

“We are so happy with the talent that we saws at auditions this year,” Harold said. “We have an amazingly talented team and are looking forward to seeing them progress even further throughout the year.”

Last month Harold’s inaugural 2012-2013 squad earned third place in its division at the 2013 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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