Three SC Collegiate Dance and Cheering Teams Make Competition History | New
SOUTH CAROLINA (FOX Carolina) – Three Palmetto State college teams have officially made history.
In April, not only did the Clemson University and College of Charleston Cheer Teams and the University of South Carolina Dance Team win their first national championships in their program’s history, but the director of the NCA marketers confirmed that this was the first time in the history of such cheers. and the college-level dance teams from South Carolina won the same year.
Clemson coach Tori Polsinello said it was a great way to end a tough season.
“It’s exciting. It’s great for our state,” said Polsinello, “knowing that our hard work has paid off, especially this year after so many changes and challenges.”
Polsinello says they had to compete virtually, which came with its own challenges.
“You want to be perfect, if you send this video, because these judges could watch it multiple times,” Polsinello said.
USC and C of C have performed in person in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Cougars had to take safety precautions. And the Gamecocks had to pass COVID-19 tests frequently.
And all the teams had to compete and prepare during the pandemic – practicing as many days as possible safely for hours.
Wyatt Davis of Greenwood is the co-captain of the C of C cheering team, led by coach Sam Pairet.
“We had two almost consecutive 14-day quarantines. So we lost about a month,” Davis said.
C of C cheer team member Cassidy Pinson says she was just happy to be back on the mats.
“It was amazing. I haven’t been able to compete since, like in 2019 in high school. So being able to compete again was the best feeling,” Pinson said.
Davis sees how important these victories are to the state.
“It’s really good for the state. I mean, not just our school, but all these schools in South Carolina. I mean, we’re making a name for ourselves,” Davis said.
USC Dance coach Lindsay Sprague says it’s a testament to how far the state has come.
“I think that says a lot about what’s going on here in our state with spiritual programs – both joy and dancing,” Sprague said.
The awards ceremony was virtual.
Sprague says their feed froze and it took a text from a team member’s boyfriend to confirm victory.
All teams are hoping for a hat-trick next year.
Watch Clemson’s performance here.
Watch the performance of Charleston here.
Watch USC’s performance here.