KU News Release

March 29, 2011
Contact: Catherine Jarzemkowski, spirit squads coordinator, 785-864-3002

ESPN2 to air cheerleading championships in which KU placed fifth

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LAWRENCE — Acrobatic routines performed by cheerleaders require athletic skills as rigorous as those for the basketball and football teams they cheer for — and each year, the nation’s top cheerleading and dance squads compete for a national title.

University of Kansas cheerleaders placed fifth in the nation at the Universal Cheerleading Association/Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Fla., earlier this year. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, on ESPN2, KU fans will have the opportunity to watch the routine that landed the Jayhawk cheerleaders their top five finish.

The KU squad faced tough competition in Division 1A. Under the leadership of head cheer coach Corey Stone and assistant coaches Nami Stone and Scott Borgmier, the team defeated 14 other schools to earn fifth place. Last year, the team placed 10th.

The competition was extremely close — only one point separated third, fourth and fifth places. First and second place were awarded to traditional powerhouses University of Alabama and University of Kentucky.

The Jayhawks entered the competition as No. 1 in the Division IA Midwest Region for the third year in a row. The ranking was based on a skills video sent to UCA in fall 2010. The No. 1 ranking in the Midwest included a guaranteed place in finals and a full-paid bid to nationals.

KU students who competed in Orlando are listed below by hometown, year in school, major, parents’ names and degree earned and/or high school.

From Lawrence 66045 and Downers Grove, Ill.
Martrez Te’velle Taylor, enrolled in fall 2010 as a junior in physical therapy; Community High School District 99 North, Downers Grove, Ill.

From Lawrence 66049
April Julene Miller, doctoral student in physical therapy; James and Julene Miller; bachelor’s from Northwest Missouri State University; Lawrence Free State High School.

From Leawood 66209
Halie Margaret Barnes, junior in applied behavioral science; Scott and Jodie Barnes; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park.

From Shawnee 66217
Haley Nicole Hoffman, junior in psychology; Karen Hoffman; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

From McPherson 67460
Samuel Vincent Archer, bachelor’s in community health education from KU, spring 2010; Richard and Jill Archer; McPherson High School.

From Mulvane 67110
Matthew Kyle Martin, junior in mechanical engineering; Brenda and Steven Martin; Mulvane High School.

From Wichita 67207
Benjamin Lee Falk, senior in communication studies; Roger and Dee Falk; Wichita East High School.

From Wichita 67213
Charles David Schoket, senior in sociology; David and Susan Schoket; Wichita West High School.

From Wichita 67218 and 67228
Stanley Allen Strecker, senior in management and leadership; Joyce Chrisman (67228) and Jeffrey Strecker (67218); Circle High School, Towanda.

From Wichita 67235
Jordan Snyder, junior in chemistry preparing to major in pharmacy; Cheryl and Chris Snyder; Maize High School.

From Kansas City 66103
Daryl James Green, senior in sports science; Kathryn Green; Wichita Heights High School.

Evan Garrett Smith, freshman in linguistics; Renee and Russell Smith; Lebanon (Ohio) High School.

From Huntington Beach 92646
Kyle Christopher Nord, freshman preparing to major in sports science and communications health; Rita Sequeira and Lance Nord; Mater Dei High School.

From Highlands Ranch 80126
Emily Grace Kempf, junior in elementary education; Benjamin and Janice Kempf; Thunderridge High School.

From Highlands Ranch 80129
Megan Alyssa Mooneyham, freshman preparing to major in business; Lisa and Derek Mooneyham; Thunderridge High School.

From Downers Grove 60515 and Lawrence, Kan.
Martrez Te’velle Taylor. SEE DOUGLAS COUNTY

From Elk Grove Village 60007
Garrett Greaves, sophomore in sport science; Susan and Robert Greaves; Elk Grove High School.

From Sudbury 01776
Meghan Leigh Trefry, senior in social work; Lisa Trefry; Lincoln-Sudbury Regal High School.

From Tulsa 74114
Sydney Paige Thibodeaux, junior preparing to major in pharmacy; John and Holly Thibodeaux; Cascia Hall Preparatory School.

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