Fabulous Four-Peat Feat

cheerleaders
Front Row: Natalie Spiker, Gabby Mattera (captain), Kristen Basquill Second Row: Stephanie Demeo, Jackie Cole, Corinne Carney, Nhi Nguyen Third Row: Kierra Watson, Emily Gemmato, Dominique Tee Fourth Row: Taylor Daniels, Ashley Hunter, Kenzi Collins, Laureen Carney Back Row: Ryan Hertz, Cameron Maxwell, Andrew Dicristina (captain), Derek Haines, Jake Valle. Not pictured: Karilyn Kitzinger, Head Coach Jeff Martino, Assistant Coaches: Ashley Mundy, Ashley Unruh, Brad Gilbert

For the fourth straight year, the Wilmington University cheerleading team captured gold as it was named the 2015 UCA Small Coed Division II National Champions at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in January.

The weekend started with first year team members Ryan Hertz and Kristen Basquill competing in the Coed Partner Stunt Finals. The duo qualified fifth among the accepted 13 entries to compete at the national level.

Basquill and Hertz finished the National Championship in fifth place, as Sam Houston State’s duo of Meagan Balentine and Jesse Hulet took home the top prize. The Wildcats finished just behind duos from Morehead State, Memphis, and Georgia, as well as Sam Houston State. The duo joined the team for the group competition, where the Wildcats were one of six teams participating in the Small Coed Division II group.

The Wildcats needed to hit the routine the first time because this year all six teams were automatically placed into the Championship Round. WilmU did just that, beating Colorado Mesa to earn its fourth straight UCA Small Coed Division II National Championship. WU

— Dan Lauletta