Terrapins Win At American Masters
Feb. 1, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Maryland competitive cheer team continued its win streak Sunday morning with its win at the American Masters competition in Baltimore at the Convention Center.
Unlike most competitions, the Terrapins were forced to compete in early morning time slots both days. Head coach Jarnell Bonds explained that this competition is great preparation for the upcoming Cheersport nationals in Atlanta because the Terps will once again have to give two back-to-back strong performances in the early morning. "We practice one morning a week so we are prepared for a situation like this," said Bonds.
"Under the leadership of captains Ali Pascucci and Lauren Louis, the girls on the team had a new focus and a new approach to how they were attacking the routine," said Bonds.
Sophomore Ashley Heiser had a strong tumbling performance, as she performed an Arabian through to a full twist. Then, just seconds later, she performed a punch front through to double full twist. "Sophomores Lauren Fong and Arielle Brown showed heart and effort in their tumbling because they were off in their entry skills, but pushed to end strong," said Bonds.
The Terps' pyramids and stunting sections were stronger than in Saturday's performance. Their stunts showed off their great technique. "That was one of our goals," said Bonds. "Sophomore Amanda Bruno executed her partner stunts very well."
"We're already focused on our competition next weekend against some other college teams," said Bonds. The Terps will host the Terrapin Classic at the Comcast Center next Saturday. The college divisions will start at approximately 3 p.m. and teams from Stevenson, Morgan State, Virginia Tech and Fairmont State will be competing.