PSU Competitive Cheer first at Minuteman Nationals

Panthers overcome injuries, perform solid routine

            WORCESTER, Mass. – The Plymouth State University competitive cheer team turned in its best performance of the spring on Saturday with a first place finish in the College All-Girl Division at The Minuteman Nationals held at the DCU Center.

            The Panthers received a team score of 166.8 for their 2½ minute routine of choreographed tumbling, stunting and dancing.  The team was judged in the categories of pyramids, basket tosses, tumbling, and dance, with the team's best scores coming in pyramids and stunts. This is Plymouth State's first year as a competitive cheer team after many years as a sideline cheerleading squad.

            "We did an awesome job," said head coach Erin Boylan. "We hit all of our stunts, and we were very energetic and spirited, which helps our scoring. They really did an excellent job, I couldn't have asked for anything more."

            Boylan said due to injuries the Panthers had to make changes to their routine earlier in the week, and everyone who had to make a change was right on in their new role.

            "Really, everyone had a great performance," said Boylan.  "Sophomore Hannah Davis did a really good job as a flyer and hitting her stunts.  Freshman Ashley Perry had a lot of changes to make, and she did a really nice job."

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