squad shakes it up in Florida competition
are attending a national championship competition in Daytona,
Fla., this weekend.
Today the TCU Cheerleaders will shake their purple and
silver pom-poms in the preliminary rounds of the Chick-Fil-A
Cheer and Dance Collegiate Championship for the first
time in seven years.
When head coach Jeff Tucker came to TCU four years ago
the team was not ready for a national competition, he
said. Since then, a lack of money held the team from attending
a national competition, he said.
Overall, it has been a matter of me working to create
funding because it is quite expensive to do a competition,
Between a $7,800 hotel bill, $5,400 in airfare and more
than $2,000 for uniforms and other expenses the competition
can total more than $15,000, Tucker said.
Now that the team is at the national competition in Daytona,
Fla., they are feeling the excitement and dealing with
a few little health issues, Tucker said Wednesday from
Its been so long since weve done this
we are just trying to get back into the game, he
The squad will perform late in the afternoon and if they
make it past finals they will perform on Friday and will
air on CBS April 17.
Our goal is to establish ourselves as a cheerleading
powerhouse, Tucker said. We are fearless.
Last year more than seven million people watched nationals
and the magnitude of exposure excites the squad.
It's tough to attract cheerleaders at a high skill
level from high school because we have nothing to offer
no scholarships and a low budget, said Jason
Malutich, a sophomore computer science major and one of
the squad captains.
The squad will perform the same routine it presented in
its tryout video in the preliminary round. The performance
begins with 45 seconds of crowd interaction followed by
a 2 minute, 15 second routine that showcases everything
from pyramids to basket tosses to tumbling, Tucker said.
The squad, consisting of 16 women and four men, will perform
in the Division 1-A small co-ed competition.
My goal was to take the entire squad, but when it
came down to it some people just did not have the skill
level, Tucker said.
Winning squads at the national competition receive a trophy,
rings and jackets, said Troy Cole, one of the squad members.
The all-around winners receive scholarships or even a
new spring floor, Malutich said.
Win or lose, the squad hopes to gain experience, notoriety
and have a great time.
I am so proud of these kids because they have really
come together as a squad and sacrificed a lot of time,
Tucker said. They have guts to step in and do this.
cheerleaders are practicing part of their 3-minute
routine with hopes to gain prestige at the national
20-member TCU cheerleading squad unites after practicing
for the Chick-Fil-A Cheer and Dance Collegiate Championship.
This is the first time in seven years the group
will go to the event.