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MU Cheer Finishes Historic Season

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In their inaugural competitive season, but they managed to fight through it and reach the end. After three consecutive weeks of competing the Knight cheerleaders fell short of reaching nationals, but certainly had a lot to be proud of in this season.

After their first competition in Chicago the MU Cheer squad drove up I-69 to Fort Wayne to face their top rival, University of Saint Francis, along with Bethel College and Indiana Wesleyan University for the NAIA Crossroads League Invitational. The team would compete twice that evening. First, they would go against all of the Crossroads League competitors. Then, they would go against soley Bethel College in a dual to end the evening.

The team warmed up their routine, but their stunts struggled to land, leaving them a bit shook heading into their first routine of the night. Everything hit well over their 2 and half minute routine, but their faces still remained a little worrisome, not giving the performance the value that they were capable of performing. They unfortunately came in fourth because of this, but they would not let that keep them from performing better in the second competition. They gathered their composure and hit the mat once again, giving their best performance yet. The team won the dual, gained some insightful information on how to improve their scores, and were ready to take on the national qualifier competition in Adrian, Michigan the next week.

The group made adjustments at practice that week, and headed out to Michigan for their first overnight trip. They arrived at Siena Heights around 9 o’clock that evening, getting to practice on an open mat. The group had a quick, but effective 30-minute practice, and headed off to rest at their hotel.

It was an early morning for the Knights, as they had to be at Siena Heights at 8:45. They spent the morning stretching, talking over the routine, and watching the dance portion of the competition, until it was finally time to warm up. They ran through tumbling, stunts, and their overall routine. The girls were ready to hit the competition floor. However, they were waiting for 45 minutes as the competition fell heavily behind schedule. When they eventually performed, their stunt collapsed leading to one of their worst scores of the year. They had one more chance to leave it all on the mat and make up for their poor performance.

The squad once again had some time to relax. They watched the final round of dance, ate lunch, and refocused themselves for their very last performance of the year. This time, the waiting was much shorter and the Knights were ready. They gave it all on the competition mat, and people could tell. They left the floor feeling happy with their performance, though it hadn’t gone perfectly. After watching a few teams after their performance, the team took their scoresheets and headed back to Indiana.

The scores may not have been what the girls had wanted, but they were truly proud of themselves for getting their foot in the door as a competitive squad. This team has a sizable amount of potential for upcoming years, and the talent is prominent in the incoming classes. The Knights are ready to take on this challenge next year, but until then, you can catch them working even harder to prove what they can really be.

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