The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cheerleading teams are home with banners after a competition in Richmond this weekend (Feb 24-25).
The WolfPack had both their competition and spirit squads involved in the Mardi Parti Championships at the Richmond Oval.
The TRU Competition team scored 90 on their final day. They had 0.75 deducted after a stunt fall. Their final total after two days of competition was 94.29 per cent.
“The fall was uncharacteristic in the beginning of the routine,” said WolfPack co head coach Meaghan Blakely. “ We fought to keep it up but the stunt was too angled to recover. The rest of the score changes reflected small differences in the routine from Saturday (Feb 24)’s first performance.”
“The 94.29 per cent is the highest the program has ever scored,” she went onto say. “Five years ago, our scores were about 66 per cent. This weekend’s score alone was a huge increase from Cheerfest (their first competition of 2018).”
There were 15 teams from middle, high school and universities attending the two day event. Thompson Rivers was the lone university school.
The WolfPack Spirit team was involved in an exhibition division. They scored a 90.13 out of 100 per cent on the first day. “The team had a difficult warm up and were very nervous since almost all of the athletes had never competed in cheer before,” Blakely stated. “This didn’t translate on the floor and they competed with confidence, energy and precision. They had high scores in technique and performance which is difficult to do. We, as coaches were beyond impressed with their performance on day one.”
The Spirit squad had 1.75 points deducted on the second day and finished at 89.17 per cent. “This was a huge surprise. We weren’t expecting these scores from our prep team and are ecstatic with the results. This team exceeded everyone’s expectations this season. Assistant coaches Jennifer Zentner and Kelsey Hayes had a hand in the success of this team. It makes us incredibly optimistic about next season”
Co head coach Mikayla Levy said when reviewing both team’s showings in Richmond, “We are so impressed with how the program performed and competed this weekend. Each team strongly executed all the stunts, jumps and tumbling events they have been working on so far this season. The competitive team scored substantially higher in their jump, tumbling and cheer portions of the score sheet, compared to their previous competition.”
This competition was the only one for the Spirit squad. The WolfPack competition team will take in an intense clinic this week with David Liska from Eskimo Cheer and Perfect Storm from Edmonton, Alberta before competing in an International competition in March (10-11).