Sunday, March 10, 2019

Elmira College Cheerleading Crowned Grand Champion to Open Competition Season

EC Cheer 2019 Upstate Collegiate Championship
Recap, photo courtesy of Elmira

PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- The Elmira College cheerleading team hosted the Upstate Collegiate Championship on Sunday afternoon, as the Soaring Eagles welcomed several teams to the Murray Athletic Center for a day filled of competition.

In the midst of all the routines, the Soaring Eagles recognized their eight members of the class of 2019, as Missy Vadney '19, Jordyn Smith '19, Kennedy Pagano '19, Marissa Olsen '19, Ariana Morin '19, Olivia Finerghty '19, Ainsley Collins '19, and Alyssa Carpino '19 were thanked for their dedication and contribution to the program over the last four years.

When it came time to hit the mats, the Soaring Eagles excelled in their first competition of 2019, as EC hit their routine to near perfection. The Purple and Gold dominated the opposition in the All Girl III Division, as EC posted a score of 94.35. The second place finisher, SUNY Cortland, earned a score of 88.38.

The Soaring Eagles were the lone team across all cheer divisions to earn a score above 90. For their efforts, the Purple and Gold were named the Grand Champion of the championship, winning their home competition for the second-consecutive season.

In her own words…
Head Coach Amber Myers on the team's performance…
"I was really impressed with the performance we put out. We just got our music on Friday and there was a lot thrown at the girls in a short amount of time. To come out and hit the performance that we had was a great way to start the season. We had a couple issues to iron-out in practice and make sure we perfect before heading to Myrtle Beach."

Coach Myers on starting the competition season off strong…
"I'm a firm believer in peaking at the right time, especially when it comes to cheerleading. We have a few improvements we can make moving forward and we're going to continue to get better at each competition."

News And Notes
  • The Soaring Eagles hosted the second-ever collegiate cheer competition at the Murray Athletic Center.
  • Today's competition acted as Class of 2019 Recgonition Day for Elmira's eight seniors.
  • EC won its home competition for the second consecutive season.
  • The Purple and Gold were the only cheer team to earn a score above 90.
  • Elmira was named grand champion of the competition.
Up Next
The Soaring Eagles are back in action on Friday, March 15, when they travel to Myrtle Beach,  South Carolina, to take part in the Cheer LTD. Nationals at CANAM.

Full Results

All Girl II Int.
  1. Roberts Wesleyan- 52.42
Small Co-Ed II
  1. Keuka College- 79.58
  2. Gannon University- 78.05
All Girl Open
  1. Jefferson Community College- 71.65
All Girl II
  1. Gannon University- 88.93
All Girl III
  1. Elmira College-  94.35
  2. SUNY Cortland- 88.38
  3. Ramapo College- 72.95
  4. Rochester Institute of Technology- 70.68
Game Day
  1. Gannon University- 88.20
College Dance
  1. Gannon University- 90.43
  2. Cornell University- 52.90

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