Blair Cheer team claims the 2016 Division II Cheerleading Championship and Spirit Award
The Blair varsity cheerleading team won the Montgomery County Division II County Championship and Spirit Award on Saturday, Nov. 12 for the second year in a row. After winning this year and last year, the team will move up to Division I for next year.
The competition was held at Blair and included Northwood (second place), Walter Johnson (third place), Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Blake, Gaithersburg, Magruder and Paint Branch high schools.
The team had especially been concentrating on learning their routine for competition two the three weeks beforehand so that they did not have to stress about it during the performance. "It's muscle memory," Roxanne Fus, the co-head coach of the team, said.
Although Blair's 33-person squad had no specific strategy going into the competition, they focused for over a month on executing their routine without error. "We wanted a very clean routine where everything hit…We moved things around so that we could have a cleaner and flawless routine," Fus said.
According to Fus, when the team, performed in the competition, it was the first time that all the stunts hit. "Even in our warmups a half an hour before we didn't hit everything…I think there's something to be said for the adrenaline of the moment," she said.
The team was extremely pleased with the success of the team. "To win was fantastic and more than I had hoped for," Sletten said.
At the competition, Blair's fan crowd came out in masses, and Blair won the Spirit Award. "I love Blair's crowd. I couldn't ask for a better crowd. Everyone at Blair has always been so supportive. This is our twelfth year of winning the Spirit Award," Fus said.
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