The team earned superior trophies for their performances in the fight song and sideline routines, and university mascot Swoop was rated superior. The cheerleaders also received blue ribbons in new cheers/chants and fight song routine evaluations.
About 40 squads representing Division I universities through junior colleges nationwide participated.
“We had a great time at camp,” Carla Turner, UT Tyler Cheer Squad coach, said. “(The Universal Cheerleaders Association) provides us an opportunity to make new friendships and bring home experiences and memories. I have high expectations for my team this year. I have a young group, but they are anxious to get started with the season. I look forward to their accomplishments this upcoming year.”
Megan Huckaby, freshman, of Athens; Lisa Giovaninni, sophomore, of Dallas; Amy Bice, freshman, of Deer Park; Matt Stakes, senior, of Granbury; Eliza Vega, freshman, of Houston; Jaimie Burson, senior, of Hughes Springs; Halie Williams, freshman, of Kemah; Nick Stracener, junior, of Lindale; Courtnie King, junior, of Quinlan; Maggie Pappas, freshman, of Texarkana; Sarah Jones, freshman, of Tyler; Skylar Dillingham, graduate student and Kelsey Mundt, freshman, of Whitehouse; and Shelbey Simpson, junior of Louisiana.
They learned new che-ers/chants, sideline routines and stunts including: basket tosses, pyramids and advanced group/multi-base stunts. The camp provides new material for UT Tyler athletics, Turner added.
The UT Tyler Cheer Squad performs at all home athletics events, on campus and in the community. They also are university ambassadors as part of the UT Tyler Spirit Squads with the Patriot Dancers.
For more information, contact Turner, 903-565-5634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.