Cheerleader recounts ECIC championship win
As the season comes to an end I cannot be any more proud of how far my team has come. We started this season out with receiving a third place trophy at one of our first local competitions. The scores for our division were close, and we missed first place by only a few points.
Then came ECICs. We had taken on the roll of hosting it at our school this year and it was something that we were all pretty psyched for. It entitled a lot of planning on the coaches and parents’ part, and a lot of preparation for all of us, especially the cheerleaders.
For us girls, we had more important things on our minds than making a poster for every squad competing or setting up the practice mats for competition day. We were focused on winning. Both squads, varsity and junior varsity, felt the need to prove ourselves to our family members, coaches, peers, and school that we really could win this.
We set up for the competition for the majority of the day Saturday and early in the morning on Sunday. By time it was our turn for warm-ups Sunday, we were exhausted. We all came together and refocused ourselves on the one thing that we had practiced so long, and so hard for; that first place trophy. We received a much-needed pep talk from our coach and kept our thoughts on what we needed to do to perform an amazing routine that would blow everyone away.
With our five minutes of warm-up time over, we all walked down to the gym, hearts racing and palms sweating. It’s a feeling that’s indescribable. Our names were called and we walked out onto the mat and performed — if I can say so myself — one heck of a routine. JV went on immediately after us and gave the best performance they had all season. All of us were so excited, but still so nervous.
After what seemed like an eternity, the awards ceremony finally began. We were all so excited when JV won first in its division, but now it was our turn. We competed against three other teams, and when our names weren’t called for 3rd or 2nd, we knew that we either didn’t place, or had actually accomplished this incredible goal.
There we all sat, our heads down, sitting in a circle holding each others’ hands. When we heard our name get called for first it was basically a scene out of a movie. The entire team exploded, jumping up and down, screaming and hugging each other. And boy did I love every second of it.
We’re still so proud of all that our squad has been able to accomplish. Tomorrow we head to Ocean City, Maryland for Nationals and we are beyond excited. This will be an experience of a lifetime and we hope we can bring home a trophy to be able to remember it that much better.