April 2, 2014
The Texas Tech University cheer and pom squad will participate in national competitions April 10-12 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The cheer and pom squad routines will be showcased at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 6) at the United Spirit Arena.
The cheer squad will compete in the National Cheerleaders Association collegiate competition; while the pom squad will vie in the National Dance Association collegiate dance championship. Both groups will showcase their 2014 nationals routines.
Also during the showcase, three partner/group stunt qualifiers will showcase their routines.
Two co-ed stunt couples and one all-girl stunt group will compete in their stunt routines on April 12 after the team competitions. They qualified by submitting a 45-second video of elite stunt combinations in December.
The two stunt couple qualifiers include first-year cheerleaders David Lyons from Chicago and Skyla Thompson from Lometa; and Hunter Thompson, third-year, from Leander and Sammi Vonderschmidt, first- year, from McKinney. The qualifying all-girl group comprises Taylor Altom, first-year from Houston, and second-year women Jessica Castro of Keller, Carli Hinkle of Austin, and Taran Hulsey of Weatherford.
According to Texas Tech cheer coach Bruce Bills, in the past seven years cheer has finished in the top five teams in the country, coming in at third place in 2013 and 2012 and second place in 2011. This year, the pom squad will compete in two divisions – open dance and hip hop. Coach Erin Harold led the pom squad to its highest finish, third place, in last year’s open dance division.
“The nationals’ routines are unique because they highlight some of the most elite skills in cheer and dance,” Bills said. “The skills you will see the squads perform are different from football and basketball game days because of the floor restrictions and in-game rules.”
During the summer, both teams qualified for nationals by attending camp and receiving Gold National’s Bids. Skill elements and choreography practices began in September with final enhancements being added in early March during two-a-day practices.
The showcase is open to the public with free admission. Donations of support will be accepted at the door. Please use the northwest street-level entrance to the arena; park in the north lot and come downstairs to the main court.
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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