Sunday, February 19, 2017

UAM Takes 2nd at Cheersport Nationals

Front Row, third from the right is Warren's own Krista Sparks!
Atlanta, Georgia — The University of Arkansas at Monticello cheerleading team finished in second place overall at the 2017 Cheersport Cheerleading Nationals this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Cheersport Nationals featured over 800 total teams competing over the weekend in Atlanta, and was the biggest competition UAM Cheer has ever been a part of. Teams from all over the United States were in attendance to showcase their elite cheerleading skills. Arkansas-Monticello finished second overall in its division, international small coed level 6, with a day one score of 82.20/100 (semi-finals), and a day two score of 82.57/100 (finals).

"I am very pleased with how the squad did this weekend," said UAM cheer coach Krystal Shipp. "On day one - we hit our pyramid solid getting a score of 8.8/10. This team has been a very strong "pyramid team" since the beginning of this school year. Our pyramid difficulty has grown tremendously since last year. It takes the entire team to hit a pyramid, they worked together and executed this section almost perfectly! On day two, our basket tosses got a score of 9.2/10. Our flyers are beginning to ride to the top before throwing their tricks, and our bases are doing better by using their legs to throw so that there is more height in our tosses."

Coach Shipp added, "Our highest section both days was the "overall choreography" of the routine which was a 9.6/10." UAM's routine, which was choreographed by head coach Krystal Shipp, stated, "Most teams hire a professional choreographer to make up their national's routine. Choreography is a hobby for me. It's fun to make up cheerleading routines! I love watching my squad execute the routine that was choreographed to highlight their strengths. We had a few stunts drop this weekend and timing issues on dismounts, stunts, and motions. For the next few weeks our focus in practice will be perfecting our timing and building the team's confidence."

The UAM Cheerleading team will look to continue its success at its next competition on March 4-5 when the team travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete in the Jamfest Nationals.

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