Cheerleaders Finish a Best-Ever 3rd at Nationals

Cheerleaders Finish a Best-Ever 3rd at Nationals
Posted on 02/20/2018
Third Place Finish at Disney World is Best Ever

Rachel Shin
Staff Writer

After placing 4th at states, the CV Cheerleading team proceeded to Nationals in Florida. While competing in Nationals, the girls resided in a hotel near the Epcot Center and enjoyed the parks in between and after competitions.

The girls spent Saturday and Sunday of their trip in competitions, but they had three days dedicated to fun and team bonding in the four nearby Disney parks.

The highest the Cheer team had placed at nationals previous to this year was 5th place, and last year they placed 8th. Their goal this year was to improve upon that ranking. They accomplished this by placing 3rd.

The road to achieving this high and coveted rank was a rigorous and difficult one. The team held daily practices for several months leading up to nationals in preparation.

“We began practicing immediately after tryouts. We also started mandatory team conditioning, which made
us stronger as a team and lead us to be able to do more difficult stunts,” Laicie Rae (‘20), a backspot, said.

However, the team knew that only training and conditioning wouldn’t win them a one of the top
spots at nationals. They also honed their teamwork and communication skills through team bonding activities.
“We are constantly bonding. We would go out to eat a lot before football games on Fridays, and eat together as a team. Some days, we would get together by grade
level and just hang out. In fact, we consider each other as a family,” Rae said.
This mutual trust, friendship, and respect was a key factor in the girls’ victory at nationals. The team’s routine this year was more difficult than last year’s in regards to technique. The team’s ability to successfully perform this routine during practices and states augmented their
overall confidence during nationals.

“This year’s team was very confident in comparison to the past. Also, our routine was much harder this year which made us better competitors,” Veronica
Slevin (‘20), a flyer, said.

A main component of the team’s high scores at nationals this year was their determination to
break records and their subsequent dedication to a rigorous conditioning schedule.

“The workouts have been upgraded from last year. It really was a game changer for us because we become stronger and that increased stunting difficulty,” Rae said.

Lastly, the team accredits much of their success in Florida to outstanding leadership by this year’s seniors. With their years of experience, they were able to guide the team to victory and round out their high school careers with a school-record breaking rank.

“The seniors this year were really patient with teaching the first year varsity cheerleaders, including myself, and just leading the team to a successful season,” Rae said.


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