Cheer Couples Gain Spots at National Stunt Contest

Squad members qualify for second consecutive year.

From left to right: The team of Calvin Beene and Alex Pulido, and the team of Tanner Lyday and Jordyn Capehart.

Texas Tech University’s cheerleading squad will send two pairs of competitors to the Coed Partner Stunt Competition at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College National Championship Competition Jan. 18-20 at Walt Disney World.

The qualifying couples are second-year members Calvin Beene from Humble and Alex Pulido from Del Rio, whose video entry placed ninth; and Jordyn Capehart, a fourth-year member from Allen, and Tanner Lyday, a third-year member from Lewisville, who were 16th.

Spirit squad supervisor Stephanie Rhode said the squad had sent in videos before, and until last year had no luck being chosen to compete. Beene and Lyday both were invited to last year’s competition with different partners.

“These four students have worked extremely hard for this recognition,” Rhode said. “They put in long hours at the gym preparing for this competition in addition to their duties as members of the Texas Tech Cheer Squad.”

Invitations were given based on a videotape entry submitted by each school. Of 39 couples from across the country, 20 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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