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April 9, 2014

RSU Cheer team to compete at nationals

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers State University cheerleading team will head to Dayton Beach, Fla. for the second year in a row to compete in the National Cheerleader Association’s Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship. 
The preliminary competition will take place Thursday and the finals will follow on Friday.
The cheer squad performed two previews of the routine Monday at the Bushyhead Fieldhouse at RSU.
RSU cheerleader Tori Deal, senior, said she could not think of a better way to end her cheer career than to win a national championship.
“We’ve worked hard all year, and I know we have what it takes to be competitive in this competition,” said Deal. “If we execute our routine, and stay locked in throughout, we will accomplish our goals.”
The team’s routine consists of tumbling, stunting, dance and motions choreographed to music. Routines are two minutes and 15 seconds of fast-paced displays of talent, agility and endurance. Teams will be judged on degree of difficulty, perfection of routine and overall impression.
“Basically we need to aim for perfection,” said freshman cheerleader Rebekah Newton. 
She said the routine should get the judges’ attention because of the high level of difficulty.
As a native of Keller, Texas, Newton cheered for multiple all-star teams before arriving at RSU. 
“At the beginning of the season, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was surprised to see how talented this team was,” said Newton. “With our talent and level of commitment, I have no doubt that we can land a perfect routine.”
Hundreds of cheer and dance teams from across the country will participate in the national competition. The RSU cheer team placed 5th overall in last year’s competition after a seventh place finish in 2012.
Head Coach Matt Hinds said he is proud of his squad.

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