LV Cheer team enters history books
March 19, 2004
For the University of La Verne cheerleading squad, last Sunday will always
be remembered as a historical date with the first victory in the Universitys
history at the West Coast Open in Irvine.
Although they had only one competitor, Montana State University, ULV coach
and captain Sarah Davis was satisfied.
Winning is a big deal for us, she said. Montana State won
all their other competitions, so beating them shows us where we stand among
The ULV cheerleaders performed a one-minute repertoire of stunts and beat
Montana State with an overall score of 310.5 - 298.5.
The judges looked at the difficulty level of the stunt, the pace, the
control and the music of the performance, said junior Erin Zabarnick.
Our stunts were more difficult, we were faster and did not make as many
mistakes as our opponent, so we won.
The judges awarded ULV 40 out of 50 points for technique, form and choreography;
115.5 out of 150 for skills, originality and showpersonship and
119 out of 150 points for overall effects.
You had great control as a flyer and awesome technique, wrote
Because of minor balance problems during their stunts, so called bobbles,
ULV lost four points and ended the competition with a score of 310.5.
Together with Davis and Zabarnick, Andi Nunez, Reinel Campa and Kelly Cruz
cheered for ULV in Irvine.
The West Coast Open was only the second competition in which ULV cheerleaders
It makes me feel good because I have been cheerleading for four years
now, and since my freshman year, there was a lot of development for us cheerleaders
here at ULV, said senior Nunez, who faces her last year as a cheerleader.
The teams first contest was in Las Vegas several weeks ago, where they
competed against 19 Division I teams from across the nation.
Even though we were not among the 10 teams who made it to the second
round, it showed us that we can keep up with Division I teams, Davis said.
With a competition coming up, the women train up to three hours, seven days
a week for two months.
This left out our bigger staff but those five really dedicated girls
went to the competitions, Davis said.
But competitions are not the main purpose for the ULV cheerleading squad.
Our main goal is to support the other ULV teams, then we go to competitions,
We had a competition in February, but decided not to go because there
was a basketball game that night. The school is way more important to us than
our own success.
For Davis, the victory in Irvine crowned an overwhelming weekend,
she said after winning the title Miss La Verne on Saturday night.
I took a good nights sleep after this incredible night and then
went to the competition, she said. When we then saw the other team,
we were sure and totally excited that we were going to win.
After this great weekend I directly went and bought a lottery ticket,
but I did not win this. I guess you cant win it all.