SEU Cheer crashes back to college level

SEU Cheer crashes back to college level

The St. Edward’s Cheerleaders performed a halftime routine at last year’s homecoming, complete with dancing, tumbling and tumbling.

The SEU cheer team is getting its varsity status this year as part of the 2027 Strategic Plan after serving as a team sport since the 2020 season. According to Debbie Taylor, executive vice president of sports, the reinstatement marks the beginning of a five-year expansion plan for the athletic department, which includes the return of cheerleading and men’s soccer. Sierra Sweeney, a senior and team captain, remembers cheerleading as a team, noting the financial pressures they faced while practicing and being full-time students. Back in athletics, the team feels more secure. “We’ve been very welcoming and supportive,” Sweeney said. “(But there’s) a burden to know where things are coming from.” According to Taylor, the athletic department receives more resources than RecWell, which allows their athletes to have additional health insurance, access to an athletic trainer and a special advisor for student-athletes. With the reinstatement comes a new head coach, Javaria Neumon. For years With tons of dance and cheerleading under her belt, this will be Neumon’s first year coaching at the varsity level. “I love her,” sophomore and team treasurer Jahennessy Parra said. . “(Neumon is) someone who can lead us.” Although new to the hill, Neumon already feels at home. “St. Ed’s is family,” Neumon said. He recalled to feel supported and to communicate with him throughout the interview. “Tot said he clearly has the skill set to provide excellent leadership for the program,” said Taylor. Neumon’s position as head cheerleading coach compliments her role as director of fan engagement, calling it “two things I love together.” He makes sure to have spectators at every volleyball game as well as men’s and women’s basketball games. He said: “It is important that we support each other. Already spending hours each week in training, the team prepares to compete in the spring, running through a series of dances, lifts and skating. Their routines, although intense, can be a favorite part of the viewers’ day. “We’re trying to figure out what works,” freshman Kylie Goeres said. “We get to work [and] get away from school and life,” Parra said. On top of the procedures, the team also collects money for the competition, hotels, flights, transportation and choreography. According to Sweeney, the cheerleading competition can cost 25,000 dollars. Originally a team, the cheer team earned ninth place at the 2020 UCA College Cheerleading National Championships. In 2023, the team plans to travel to Florida to compete again. For the seniors who have been on the team since their freshman year, this season will be their second and final time at nationals. Sweeney hopes their schedule will tell the crowd, “we’re back better than ever.”

The SEU cheer team is getting their varsity status this year as part of the 2027 Strategic Plan after serving as a team sport since the 2020 season.

According to Debbie Taylor, assistant vice president of athletics, the reinstatement marks the beginning of a five-year expansion plan for the athletic department, which includes the return of cheerleading and men’s soccer.

Sierra Sweeney, a senior and team captain, remembers cheerleading as a team, noting the financial pressures they faced while practicing and being full-time students. Back in athletics, the team feels more secure.

“We’ve been very welcoming and supportive,” Sweeney said. “(But there’s) a burden to know where things are coming from.” According to Taylor, the athletic department receives more resources than RecWell, which allows their athletes to have additional health insurance, access to a sports coach and a special advisor for student athletes.

With the reinstatement comes a new head coach, Javaria Neumon. With many years of dance and cheerleading under her belt, this will be Neumon’s first year coaching at the collegiate level.

“I love him,” sophomore and team treasurer Jahennessy Parra said. “(Neumon is) someone who can lead us.” Although new to the hill, Neumon already feels at home. “St. Ed is family,” Neumon said. She recalled feeling supported and engaged throughout the interview. “It became clear that he had the skill set to provide excellent leadership for the program,” Taylor said.

Neumon’s position as head cheerleading coach compliments her role as director of fan engagement, calling it “my two passions together.” He makes sure to have spectators at every volleyball game as well as men’s and women’s basketball games.

He said: “It is important that we support each other.

Already spending many hours each week in training, the team prepares to compete in the spring, running through a series of dances, lifts and falls. Their routines, although intense, can be a favorite part of the viewers’ day.

“We’re trying to figure out what works,” freshman Kylie Goeres said. “We get to work [and] get away from school and life,” Parra said.

On top of the procedures, the team also collects money for the competition, hotels, flights, transportation and choreography. According to Sweeney, the cheerleading competition can cost 25,000 dollars.

Originally a team, the cheer team earned ninth place at the 2020 UCA College Cheerleading National Championships. In 2023, the team plans to travel to Florida to compete again. For the seniors who have been on the team since their freshman year, this season will be their second and final time at nationals.

Sweeney hopes their schedule will tell the crowd, “we’re back better than ever.”

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