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Lewis University Cheerleading

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April 28, 2003
News & Events
Lewis University Cheerleaders Advance to Finals at National Competition

Lewis University Cheerleaders placed 14th overall in the All-Girl II Division of the annual National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Collegiate National Championship held in Daytona Beach, Florida, April 2-6.

The Lewis Cheerleaders who competed included junior Jenifer Schmidgall of Springfield, Ill.; junior Natalie Lyons of Darien, Ill.; sophomore Natasha Hortmann of Justice, Ill; sophomore Stefanie Lebre of New Lenox, Ill.; sophomore Maggie Slosar of Big Rock, Ill.; freshman Krista Rue of LaGrange, Ill.; freshman Jill Wright of Herscher, Ill.; freshman Mandie Engel of Braidwood, Ill.; freshman Sarah Skibicki of Chicago, Ill.; freshman Ashley Sneddon of Crestwood, Ill.; and freshman Ralene Schmidt of Roselle, Ill.

Teams from across the country gathered to compete in the worlds largest collegiate cheerleading competition. After placing 11th in the All-Girl Division II preliminary competition, out of the 25 colleges competing, the team advanced to finals.

"Our goal was to make it to finals," said Suzanne Stamm of Joliet, Ill., Lewis Cheerleading Coach. "The girls were elated just to make it that far! This is the first time the Lewis Cheerleaders have made it to nationals. They really worked hard and pulled together as a team."

On the last day of the competition, the team also received first place at the NCA Daytona Beach Classic in the All-Girl Open Division. Lewis defeated Johnson & Wales University of North Miami.

According to Stamm, the team had to overcome some obstacles before making it to the national competition, including changing the choreography of the routine the week before to assure the best performance possible.

"It really was an overwhelming sense of teamwork," Stamm said. "We practiced so hard and it showed in the performance."

Stamm also credits Ken LaFave of Huntley, Ill., Assistant Lewis Cheerleading Coach, with the teams success.

The team will sponsor fundraisers throughout the next couple months to pay to attend cheerleading camp during the summer.

Accomplishments at a glance:
2002 NCA Windy City Classic - Champions
2003 NCA Collegiate Nationals Finalists - 14th, All-Girl Division 2
2003 NCA Daytona Beach Classic - Champions
2004 NCA Collegiate Nationals Finalists - 5th, Small Coed, Division 2