Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 20, 2013

MSU cheerleaders win pair of titles

Staff report
The Independent

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Morehead State University cheerleading program added national championships 33 and 34 to its total at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championships in Orlando, Fla., this past weekend.

Bridget Razem and Ronnie Patrick started the weekend off with a national champion partner stunt routine to give the Eagle cheerleading program its 33rd title.

“I’m very proud of Ronnie and Bridget,” Head Coach Bill Mayo said. “It is an amazing feat to win this championship. There was a lot of great competition.”

In the co-ed division I category, the Eagles took home yet another national championship to add to their storied tradition.

“I’m super proud of co-ed for continuing the winning tradition for their 23rd national championship,” Mayo said. “It’s an amazing feat that has never been accomplished by any team in the history of collegiate cheer.

“I’m very excited about the talent we have coming back next year, and I’m ready to do it all again in 2014.”

The stunt group of Maddie Jenne, Melissa Bull, Taylor DeSimone and Emily Kaltenbach also competed on Friday evening and turned in a runner-up finish.

On Saturday, the all-girl and co-ed squads competed in the team competition. All-girl made it through semifinals and earned a second-place overall finish in finals.

“I’m proud of the all-girl squad for its routine,” Mayo said. “It was by far the most difficult all-girl routine, and they were very close to that championship despite drops. That says a lot about the difficulty of the routine.”

The MSU dance team also competed at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals for the first time in 12 years. The team advanced to finals and finished sixth overall.