Texas Tech Cheer Claims Best All-Around at College Camp

Raider Red earns highest marks for mascots.

Texas Tech University’s cheerleading squad is one of the best in the nation, earning the title “Best All-Around Collegiate Squad” and a rare Gold Paid Bid to the national cheer competition in April 2012 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

The 32-member squad just returned from the July 22-24 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Summer Camp at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Raider Red, Texas Tech’s costumed public relations mascot, earned top honors as Most Collegiate Mascot, an honor bestowed by the other mascots in attendance, and was selected as an All-American Mascot.

In cheer competition the team took second place in the Rally Routine, Large Co-Ed category and second place for its Game Day Routine. Eleven team members were named NCA All-American Collegiate Cheerleaders, including Chelsea Ballow of Mansfield; Anthony Brown from Garden City, Kan.; Jordyn Capehart from Allen; Coleigh Cheatham of Aledo; Jenn Friedrich of Roseville, Calif.; Brooke Littlejohn of Cleburne; Laura Perley of Plano; Alex Pulido from Del Rio; Marissa Taylor of Farmersville; Taylor Thomas from Lubbock; and Corey Vaughan of Lewisville.

“The All-American is the only individual award given out at camp, so for 11 members to earn the award was outstanding,” said Bruce Bills, spirit coordinator in the Center for Campus Life.

“The Gold Paid Bid is a high honor, too,” Bills said. “Only six Gold Bids were awarded at this camp, and there were 28 teams in attendance.”

CONTACT: Stephanie Rhode, assistant director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433 or stephanie.rhode@ttu.edu.