Former Texas Tech Cheerleaders to Compete for USA CoEd Team

The two Red Raider seniors will compete this weekend in World Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Tanner Lyday and Kymber Drake

Tanner Lyday and Kymber Drake

Two former Texas Tech University cheerleaders recently joined the USA CoEd cheer team and will compete at the International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championship Team Competition today and Friday (April 24-25).

Tanner Lyday, a senior majoring in media strategies from Lewisville, and Kymber Drake, a senior majoring in exercise and sports sciences from New Braunfels, have both cheered for Texas Tech for three years.

“I am so proud to have former Texas Tech members representing USA,” said Bruce Bills, Texas Tech’s head cheer coach. “Their time here at Texas Tech has given them opportunities that helped them prepare for this experience.”

“Both are exceptional cheerleaders who have continuously pushed themselves and the team to learn new skills,” Bills said. “They have a deep passion for the sport and are great leaders which make them great representatives for the USA team.”

The USA CoEd cheer team is comprised of talented female and male cheerleaders across America. The team competes at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships each year in April.

The ICU competition will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. The competition is designed to best represent global cheerleading in its present status by allowing teams to perform the best routines, without creating a financial barrier for emerging nations.

“Cheering at Texas Tech prepared me by increasing my skills to the point I could make the USA cheer team,” Lyday said. “I am excited that Kymber and I will be taking the mat at this year’s competition.”


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