CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Cheer and Dance teams are headed to the Universal Cheer Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp, July 12-15, at Texas State University.
Lee Rowland, Director of Strength and Conditioning, at the Island University, has prepared both of the squads for the camp with a week full of two-a-days, which consisted of workouts on the beach, in the Moody Fieldhouse and in the outfield of the softball field.
"The returning squad members did a very nice job of setting the tone for the newcomers," Rowland said. "In any team setting you want your veteran members to lead by example, and we have a solid core with Gabriela Morua and Amanda Blair on the dance team, and Sarah Vasquez and Alyssa Echeverria on the cheer squad."
The dance team is looking to continue their success from previous years at the camp. Last season, Head Coach Melanie Lowry and her squad won six awards including the Division I Home Routine Championship for the second straight year and the Most Collegiate Award. The team also picked up the Program Improvement award, for their major steps in improving as an overall team.
The Islanders also garnered the gold superior ribbon for fight song and the program fight song, which was a dual competition with cheer and dance. The team also claimed the individual superior trophy for their individual performances of three routines. The team placed in the top 10 percent of the camp and won 51 superior ribbons and eight excellent ribbons.
Returning to the camp is senior and captain Taryn Lovato. Last season, Lovato was hand selected by the judges for the second time in her career to try out for the UDA staff. She was the only Division I dancer to be selected, all the others were Division IA.
The Islanders cheer team is also headed to the camp after earning three team ribbons last season at Texas State University.
Head tumbling and stunt coach Kate Calderone will look to lead her team to another superior first-place Division I trophy for tradition fight song along with superior ribbons in the band, sideline and cheer that they will learn during the four days of camp.
Izzy the Islander will also return to camp having clinched two ribbons last year. The mascot garnered a superior first-place trophy for his overall performances through the weekend and two excellent red ribbons for his individual performances.
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