July 15, 2014

Spirit Teams Garner Top Honors at UCA/UDA Camp

SAN MARCOS, Texas – For the second consecutive year the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Spirit Teams went far beyond expectations at the Universal Cheer Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) camps, held on July 11-14, on the campus of Texas State.

"Going into camp the coaching staff knew we were in the process of a building year after losing so many seniors and veteran members last year," Head Coach Melanie Lowry said. "However, after our camp success I think that the younger athletes who came in have taken a real ownership of their spirit program and plan to challenge the rookies in ways they never have. Coach Kate and I both see so much potential in both groups and can't wait for an amazing year."

The spirit teams received a gold superior award for their performance during the team's program fight song evaluation and the cheer team received the traditions award for their establishment of university and program traditions during the last 10 years of attendance at UCA camp.

The Islanders Dance Team had an impressive weekend, earning the program's first Leadership Award. This is an award that was voted on by the camp and was awarded to the team that best displayed leadership skills on and off the dance floor. The squad also earned gold for their fight song evaluation, a superior trophy for their individual performances and 45 individual blue ribbons. In addition, the team placed third in Division I for their home routine and first in hip hop, while earning the most collegiate award.

Last season, former Islander Taryn Lovato was chosen to join the UDA staff and this season, captain Da'ana Jackson and freshman Brittney Tworek were chosen to join the staff.

The Islanders Cheer Team put together their best camp in program history, earning all blue ribbons on their fight song, cheer evaluation and sideline cheer. In addition, the squad received a gold ribbon for their band dance, and a second-place finish in Division I small co-ed and a first-place finish in Division I cheer for their fight song and sideline cheer. The team kept the momentum going, sweeping their entire division to win the camp championship for their performance in the Game Day competition.     

Individually, Kenneth Steblein and Brittany Lara were chosen in the top five for intermediate co-ed, while Jessica Patino, Evan Braeuler, Maci Hall and Marcella Hobbs were chosen in the top five for elite multi-base and received a perfect score during the competition.  

Izzy the Islander received a blue and a red ribbon for his mascot walk, two blue ribbons for his home routine skit and an overall superior trophy for all his efforts during the week.

The 2014 dance team features seven veterans from last season's team while the cheer team welcomes back seven.

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