Stunt doubles: Cheerleading Pairs Qualify for Nationals

This is the first time Texas Tech students have been selected for the coed partner stunt competition.

Lyday and Drake placed fourth in the video selection process.

Lyday and Drake placed fourth in the video selection process.

Texas Tech’s cheerleading squad is boasting two pairs of competitors invited to the Coed Partner Stunt Competition at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College National Championship Competition Jan. 13-15 at Walt Disney World.

The qualifying couples are second-year members Tanner Lyday from Lewisville and Kymber Drake of New Braunfels, whose video placed fourth; and Calvin Beene, a first-year member from Humble, and another second-year member, Marissa Taylor from Farmersville, who were 13th.

Spirit squad supervisor Stephanie Rhode said the squad had sent in videos before, with no luck being chosen to compete.

“This is the first time we’ve had students selected,” Rhode said. “They have worked extremely hard for this recognition.”

Invitations were given based on a videotape entry submitted by each school. Of 29 couples from across the country, 14 were chosen to compete. The pairs must perform a one-minute routine of complicated partner stunts set to music. Routines are judged on execution, difficulty and showmanship.

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Spirit Squads

Spirit Squads

The Texas Tech Spirit Program is part of the Center for Campus Life office, a division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs.

The Spirit Squads lead the fans in supporting the teams at football, basketball, and volleyball games. They serve as ambassadors not only at athletic events, but also at many different school functions. In addition, the Spirit Squads gladly participate in their community by volunteering at local schools, charity events, and youth organizations.

Being a proud part of the Texas Tech Spirit Program is more than just a year-round commitment. It means dedication from each member to maintain the school spirit of the students, the alumni, and the fans.

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