By Tom Regan
The cheerleaders continued their success at the American Cheer and Dance Academy’s Reach the Beach College National Championship in Ocean City, Md. on April 5 and 6 by winning the co-ed category for the third consecutive season.
After the Broncs finished runner-up in 2013, the team was named the 2014 Grand Champions of the College Division with the highest overall score for the second time in three years.
The competition included a variety of routines such as dance, tumbling, stunts and jumps, which were judged based on technique, difficulty, execution and synchronization.
Head Coach Cherie Voorhees-Carcaci commended her team on its work ethic and expressed how proud she was of its progression throughout the year.
“We had such talent on the team this year and they really did increase the difficulty level of stunts and tumbling,” Vorhees-Carcaci said. “When you work new skills and are able to go in confident and hit higher levels than you have before, it feels good to come out with the win.”
In order to win, the Broncs had to overcome the performances from colleges such as SUNY Brockport, Penn State Mont Alto, Widener and Fairleigh Dickinson.
Vorhees-Caraci says that winning a third straight national championship has capped off a busy year.
“This will definitely be a memorable season,” Vorhees-Carcaci said. “We did all the regular season events like Midnight MAACness, cheering on our Broncs basketball programs at home and in Massachusetts for the MAAC Tournament, but also appeared off campus at two regional competitions to exhibition in front of high school and grade school teams. All these experiences really helped the team progress.”
Senior Heather McCauley, who helped the Broncs win the co-ed category during the past three seasons, was ecstatic with the victory. She believes that, as long as the team wants it badly enough, it will be able to maintain the winning tradition next year.
“I could not have asked for a better ending to, not only an awesome season, but an amazing cheerleading career,” McCauley said. “There is amazing talent on the team and it continues to get better. If the team really wants a four-peat then there is no doubt in my mind they will achieve it.”