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February 26, 2011

PSU Cheerleaders win Devil’s Dare at Central Conn.

Panthers hit routine in final tourney of year

            NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Plymouth State University cheerleading team finished in first place in the College All-Girl Division Saturday afternoon at the Devil's Dare Cheer and Dance Competition at Central Connecticut State University.

            The Panthers scored 277 points out of a possible 380 to take first place.  Stony Brook University (N.Y.) finished runner-up with a score of 246.5.  The teams were judged on several aspects of their routines, including partner stunts, pyramids, jumps, tumbling, choreography and expression.

            "We hit our routine pretty solidly," said PSU head coach Erin Boylan.  "Overall, it was a great performance.  We had one tiny little fall on one of the stunts, but it was a total improvement for us over our performance in our last tournament.  They worked really hard over the last two weeks to improve their timing and their skills, and it showed.  I'm very happy with our performance."

            PSU Cheerleading is in its fifth year as a varsity sport.  In addition to competing in tournaments, the Panthers perform at Plymouth State home men's and women's basketball doubleheaders at Foley Gymnasium.  The Panthers have a squad of 11 and are led by four seniors, Leah Bergeron-Rosa, Jackie DelMonte, and co-captains Jess Rickard and Chandra Touch

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