Kansas Cheer Squad to Compete in National Competition

Jan. 12, 2011


The University Of Kansas Cheer squad will compete this week in the College Cheer and Dance National Competition in Orlando, Fla. The competition, sponsored by the Universal Cheer Association and the Universal Dance Association (UCA/UDA), begins Friday.

The squad won the Midwest Region for the third consecutive year to earn a full bid to compete in the annual competition. The full bid includes air fare, hotel rooms and fees for the 18-member squad, paid by UCA/UDA.

The squad won the Region based on the skills video it submitted, which fans can view at: http://www.kucheer.com/videos. The squad also submitted a 90-second video of its crowd-leading abilities at KU basketball games, which counts for 15 percent of its final score at nationals. KU’s crowd video received a perfect score of 15, which will be added to its live performance score.

Head Coach Corey Stone, along with assistant coaches Nami Stone and Scott Borgmier, have been conducting two-a-day practices to prepare for the national competition. “The team has also conducted several performances of its national competition routine both locally and in Kansas City.” Stone said. “In addition to practicing and performing the competition routine, the squad has continued to foster the atmosphere of the greatest home-court advantage in college basketball while cheering during Kansas men’s and women’s basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse.”

The members of the competition squad are:

Sam Archer, McPherson, Kan.
Halie Barnes, Leawood, Kan.
Ben Falk, Wichita, Kan.
Garrett Greaves, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Daryl Green, Wichita, Kan.
Haley Hoffman, Shawnee, Kan.
Emily Kempf, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Matt Martin, Mulvane, Kan.
April Miller, Lawrence, Kan.
Megan Mooneyham, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Kyle Nord, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Charles Schoket, Wichita, Kan.
Evan Smith, Lebanon, Ohio
Jordan Snyder, Maize, Kan.
Stanley Strecker, Wichita, Kan.
Martrez Taylor, Chicago, Ill.
Sydney Thibodeaux, Tulsa, Okla.
Meghan Trefry, Sudbury, Mass.