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Cliff Notes May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Can you spell UCSD?

 
     

Gimme a U! Gimme a C! Gimme an S! Gimme a D!

So you thought that just because we don’t have a football team we don’t have cheerleaders? Think again. This school year saw the debut of the UCSD Cheerleading team—the first time the game cheer squad and the competitive club team were combined. This new team is part of the intercollegiate athletics system and is sponsored by Adidas. “By combining the teams, we’ve made ourselves more than just rah-rah girls at games,” says Kirsten Douglas, ’06, the team captain.

This new squad of 31 women cheer at various sporting events including men’s water polo, men and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. In addition, they attend their own competitive events, such as the United Spirit Association’s Collegiate Nationals, which were held in February in Las Vegas. Last year, the team finished in third place but this year it was up against well-sponsored cheerleading power schools such as USC and Pepperdine; and sad to say, the rah-rah went kind of blah-blah.

Although the current team didn’t even make it past the preliminary round, Douglas still feels it was a good experience for the fledgling cheerleaders. “Our team pulled together exceptionally well considering the situation,” says Douglas. “We didn’t even have a coach until December. Lots of the girls have never cheered before while
others are experienced cheerleaders.”

Now with the first competition behind them, you can see the team pirouetting, pom-pom-ing and pyramiding at UCSD athletic events across campus and beyond.

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"We’ve made ourselves more than just rah-rah girls at games, " says Kirsten Douglas, ’06, the team captain.