Troy cheerleaders finish 3rd in nation

Published 3:28 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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Troy Cheerleading placed third at the UCA College Nationals in the Division IA Virtual Game Day Cheer Division; Troy competed in the event by filming its performances in Trojan Arena. Winners were announced in an online ceremony Tuesday evening.

“I am overwhelmed with excitement by the performance of our athletes and placement at Nationals during such a trying year for everyone,” Troy Cheer coach Nic Laracuente said. “This was our first year competing in the Game Day Division. To place third behind only Kentucky and Penn State, is a huge accomplishment for our athletes and Troy University. We are excited to bring that same winning gameday experience back to cheer on our Trojans in The Vet this fall.”

The Game Day Championship showcased what traditional cheerleading is all about – leading the crowd. Teams were scored in three categories – crowd leading sideline, fight song and timeout – with points given for items such as the use of crowd leading tools, execution of technical skills and how relevant the material and skills are to the game day environment.

Other teams in the competition included Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Charlotte and Army. The third-place finish is Troy’s highest at an UCA National Championship.

Troy Cheer Squad

Abbie Grace Barber, Abby Shepherd, Abree Trotter, Addison Reynolds, Ava Jackson, Becca Senn, Cameron White, Carlyn Hayes, Carsen Aarant, Elizabeth Laing, Georgia White, Jamia Jones, Jennifer Stejskal, Jesyka Torres, Joniah Lewis, Kacie Daugherty, Kaitlyn McFarlin, Kalyn Boley, Katelynn Griffith, Katie Cone, Kinley Copen, Lauren Harrison, Lauren Martin, Lexi Savelle, Maddy Brain, Madeline Sherrell, Mashawn Mathis, Miranda Head, Morgan Emerson, Natalee Register, Rannon Pasibe, Rebeca Starling, Rex Smith, Sarah Wadkins, Shelby Preston, Taylor Dillard