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UCO Pom Takes First at Nationals

Members of the UCO pom team pose with their trophy

Jan. 25, 2019

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106, sward24@uco.edu 

UCO Pom Takes First at Nationals

The University of Central Oklahoma’s pom team danced its way to a national championship at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, Jan. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. The team placed first in the Open Game Day Division and sixth in the Open Jazz Division.

The UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship is the most prestigious college cheerleading championship in the country with teams from all 50 states competing.

“Words can't express how proud I am of every individual on this team,” said Lil Doescher, UCO pom team head coach.

“These women triumphed over such adversities, just in the last month, and came together to be the strongest version of this team. I couldn't have asked for more.”

Pom team members include:

·      Sidney Bowmaker, a junior dental hygiene major;

·      Madilynn Grimes, a sophomore psychology major;

·      Brooklyn Henry, a sophomore early education major;

·      Katie Hurley, a freshman forensic science and criminal justice major;

·      Breanne Kassan, a senior forensic science and criminal justice major;

·      Peyton Kuykendall, a freshman strategic communications major;

·      Baylee Mays, a junior marketing major;

·      Kara Mickle, a senior nutrition, dietetics and food management major;

·      Emma Schnautz, a sophomore forensic science and psychology major;

·      Bre Smith, a freshman speech pathology major;

·      Kaitlyn Tinsley, a freshman elementary education major;

·      Kayla Tinsley, a freshman management major;

·      Nicole Traxler, a sophomore child development major;

·      Jaidyn Walker, a freshman criminal justice major; and

·      Landry Willis, a sophomore kinesiology major.

“We are proud to represent our school and receive a national championship in the Game Day Competition, a first for UCO Pom,” said Kassan.

“Everyone has worked so hard and this team has been through a lot. Having such a great outcome reflects how strong our team is and how hard we fought for this title. I love my team and I am extremely proud of us and how far we have come.”

In addition to the pom team’s success, Central’s cheer team placed fifth in the Open Game Day Division.

For more information about Central’s cheer and pom teams, visit www.uco.edu/spirit.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma’s pom team placed first in the Open Game Day Division and sixth in the Open Jazz Division traveled at the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, Jan. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. Pictured top to bottom, left to right Emma Schnautz, Kaitlyn Tinsley, Peyton Kuykendall, Bre Sanders, Katie Hurley, Kara Mickle, Baylee Mays, Breanne Kassan, Sidney Bowmaker, Kayla Tinsley Madi Grimes, Brooklyn Henry, Nicole Traxler, Jaidyn Walker and Landry Willis.