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Tuesday, January 4, 2011Posted by Jon Cameron
Laurier Cheerleaders Capture National Title
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On December 4th, the Laurier Golden Hawk cheerleading team captured gold in the All-Girl Division at the National Cheerleading Championships held in Brampton, Ont. This is the Hawks fourth straight national title. 

This year's team made up of 30 incredibly talented athletes was one of the best teams ever fielded by Laurier, and this incredible talent did not disappoint.  As returning national champions, the Golden Hawks had a lot of pressure to perform at their best, and for the five fourth year veterans, it meant they would graduate without ever having lost a national title.  

As the Laurier cheerleaders took to the floor for their first routine, the crowd buzzed with anticipation, as they waited to see what new and exciting skills the Hawks would bring to the floor.  After the opening basket tosses, featuring flyover group to group tosses and layout double fulls, the crowd and judges response was electric.  After opening jumps and tumbling were completed, the Hawks set for their main stunt sequence.  After two minor slip ups in mounting their first stunt, the Hawks hit their second stunt and dismounted solidly.  After demonstrating their gymnastic skills with more tumbling and basket tosses, the Hawks hit their pyramid sequence with amazing skill and control, causing the crowd to erupt in deafening cheers and applause  Laurier finished their first run with a strong and powerful dance that had the crowd screaming and clapping along.  This powerful performance led the judges to award them score of 389 (out of 500) which placed them first in their division by over 20 points.

As the Hawks went into their second run, knowing that a performance equal to or better than their first would be the only acceptable way to win a national title, they were full of excitement and anticipation.  Laurier competed a nearly flawless routine, and outscored their competition by over 30 points in the second run, receiving a score of 400.   

With a combined score of 789, the Hawks took the title, beating out McMaster (732), Guelph (723.5), McGill (676), Ottawa (655), Brock (629) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (606).

The Hawks are now looking forward to competing at the Jamfest Super Nationals in January in Indianapolis, IN on January 15-16. 
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