In just three years of competition, the Lausanne Lynx cheerleading squad is doing something special. On October 26, they became regional champions in the small varsity game day non-tumbling division at the Mid-South Regionals.
In 2017, the Lausanne cheerleading squad took to the mat in their first-ever cheerleading competition. Their third-place finish in the Game Day division gave them their first bid to nationals.
In 2018, they improved on the previous year by finishing second and locking up another trip to nationals. That squad lost four seniors to graduation.
"We have a very young team this year, but they are constantly pushing themselves to rise to the Lausanne standard. We are excited about this win and very motivated to make it a tradition," coach Jessica Quintus said.
The Mid-South Regionals are hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), one of the largest cheerleading organizations in the country. The organization uses regional competitions to decide which teams move on to the national competition.
With the win, the Lausanne cheerleaders qualified for their third straight trip to the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC), the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. That competition will take place in Orlando, FL in February.
In 2018, over 800 teams, 15,000 athletes and 50,000 attendees attended the National High School Cheerleading Championships.
There are two ways teams can compete: a regular routine and/or a game day routine. There are also different divisions based on the number of people on your team, whether you have male cheerleaders and what type of skills your team utilizes. Lausanne competes in the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Game Day division. Only 28 teams qualified for nationals in this division from across the country in 2018, with the Lynx finishing ninth. That was an improvement over a 2017 squad that placed 20th out of 23 teams in semi-finals and did not advance to finals.
"They made a leap that most teams cannot do in just one year’s worth of time," former coach Bobbie Simon said.
The Lynx look to continue that ascent and are excited about what the future holds for the team.
"With every practice and competition, we accomplish what we set out to do. With this mindset, there is no limit to what this team can achieve," Quintus said.
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