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April 15, 2012

PSU Competitive Cheer finishes first at JamFest Nationals

Panthers to host Friends/Family Night on Wednesday

            LOWELL, Mass. – The Plymouth State University competitive cheer team finished in first place in the Elite Division 2 for All-Girls Collegiate Cheer following Sunday's performance at a JAMfest Nationals Series Event held at The Tsongas Center.

            The Panthers received a team score of 78.20 for Sunday's performance, and a combined score of 186.14, which included Saturday's routine as well.  The Panthers were judged on their 2 ½ minute routine of choreographed tumbling, stunting and dance. PSU posted the highest score among all collegiate teams and finished with the 12th best score among the nearly two dozen squads all together.

            JAMfest Nationals Cheer and Dance events are held around the country all year long, and include many teams from all levels of dance and cheer.  This is Plymouth State's first year as a competitive cheer team after many years as a sideline cheerleading squad.

            "We did a better routine today than we did yesterday," said PSU head coach Erin Boylan. "We were cleaner and crisper with our stunts, and our skills were tighter.  We did really well with our pyramids and our first stunt sequence."

            Boylan noted that freshman Sonya MacMillan and sophomore Hannah Davis are doing an outstanding job as flyers, and freshmen Kendra Makos and Lora Jordan have been impressive at base.

            "Our overall team effort was better and more energetic," added Boylan.  "We cleaned up what we needed to from Saturday, and we made more of an impact with the crowd and with the judges."

            The Panthers will have their only home performance this Wednesday when the team hosts "Friends and Family Night" at Foley Gymnasium.  The event will allow Plymouth State fans an opportunity to see the Panthers as a competitive cheer team and gives the team a chance to showcase their talents at home in front of their fans. 

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