Kamloops, BC—Another event win for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cheerleading squad. The Cheerleaders captured first place in their division at the recent ATC Pacwest Championships held at the University of British Columbia this past weekend (Apr 1-2).
They downed the host school to win their level 4 event. It was the cheer team’s third victory in as many events.
Says co head coach Meghan Blakely: “. We were going up against UBC which recently had their two teams – level 6 (Their elite team) and level 4 team become combined. TRU, who has always competed at Level 4, went in not knowing what to expect of UBC considering the circumstances of their two teams combining, which is rarely heard of. “
She added: “As the competition began, TRU checked into their warm up. They had a seamless and strong warm up, as seems to be the character of the team this season, until the final warm up stage. One of our flyers had a fall which resulted in a paramedic evaluation 5 minutes before performing. She was given the approval to compete, but the team was very unsettled. Our coaches and captains brought the team together and tried to regain focus – knowing that going up against UBC was going to be a battle and TRU had to hit their routine strong, and perfectly to have a good chance at 1st place.
The team stepped on the competition floor, with a lot of fans and applause – the program has gained quite a following due to their undefeated season, particularly after their competition and coming in 1st against University of Alberta – a very strong and elite program.
The routine was the best they’ve done yet. Highest difficulty and increased technique scores were seen on the scoresheet – something the team has been focusing on this past month. “
Blakely goes onto say: “The coaches received their scoresheets following the performance. For the FIRST TIME IN TRU CHEER HISTORY, the team had ‘Hit Zero’, which means they did a routine with 0 deductions – this is extremely difficult to do. Each skill was performed and executed as choreographed, and not a single error was made. Following this, the team attended awards, facing off against UBC. TRU Was announced as the Grand Champions for the Collegiate Open Level 4 Division, bringing home another 1st place and continuing their undefeated streak! This is already the most 1st places the program has ever accomplished in one season. “
Moving ahead, Blakley adds; “Now the team has 1 week to prep for Internationals at the Sea to Sky Championships in Vancouver which features over 5000+ athletes over the span of the 3 day competition. The team will also be competing in the Individual Senior 3 Division, featuring our most elite tumbler, Rachel Dixon. “
Raw Score: 83.50 out of 95.00.
Percentage: 87.95% out of 100%