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While they may not have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated or received endless reviews by the national sports media, the University of Michigan cheerleaders were as important a part of M ichigan athletics as any other sports team. The same degree of excellence and commitment was demanded from cheerleaders as from the football and basketball players they supported. The team ' s purpose was to add an extra team member on the field or court: the fan. Selection to the squad was as serious as that of other teams. The 16 men and women on the squad were selected from a field of 100 students through a series of tryouts. Those who made the cut showed up on campus in August to prepare for the upcoming year. The varsity team cheered not only for the football team, but also the men ' s basketball team. However, the commitment did not stop there. The team had other goals: regional and national competitions and performances. The 1994-1995cheerleadingteamwas one of the strongest teams in the nation, as well as the best cheerleading squad to represent the University in a very long time. Early season practices and weightlifting conditioned the squad for their difficult routines. Yet, through all the hard work, the team managed to keep their pep by mixing up workouts with fun. " Every practice or game was a 206 Inside Sports
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t heir jockey for poMtio the line. Photo Courtesy of the Sailing team o o hthev events inclui ichconsiiteJol ie competition coac One of fe lac nother club team that faced varsity competition from other universities was the University of Michigan sailing team. The team was comprised of approximately 35 members, each of whom had to pay minimal dues in order to cover travel costs and other expenses. Among the schools that they competed against and visited in their travels were: Navy, Tufts, Stanford, Brown, University of Hawaii, Tulane, and Old Dominion. Members joined following a mass meeting in the fall. Many people on the team had joined without having any prior experience. The regattas were competitive, however, as older team members were able to teach newer members techniques in practice. Practices were usually three days a week, arranged in order to accommodate the schedules of team members. They practiced on Baseline Lake which was located 1 5 miles from campus. The season lasted from the beginning of September until Thanksgiving. Then, the team stopped competing during the winter except for an occasional race over winter or spring break. Following spring break, the team resumed practice, and competed until June. They did so despite the fact that team mem- bers ' leases ran out at the end of the winter academic term in April. Like many club sports, the non-coinciding calendars between the racing and academic sessions led to many inconviences for team members. This was just one example of the many conflicts which must be overcome by members of club teams. Despite these and many other inconviences, the sailing team continued to recruit and attract many university students to the team each fall. Like all club teams, this initial recruitment pro- cess, and throughout the year, were crucial to the continued vitality of the clubs. by John Taylor Whelan 205 Inside Sports
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Of to Chip Peterson new mystery. We never knew what to expect, " said J ayson Terres. Often routines were not completely perfected until right before the performance. " It was a last minute operation, " said Dan Acciavatti. The nature of their sport brought the cheerleading team closer together. Bonding experiences abounded and laughter was a familiar scene among members. According to members of the team, it was definitely an exciting and eventful year. Competitions included the UCA (University Cheerleading Association) r camp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At this 1 camp, the squad placed first runner-up in ] three categories. Later in the season, Michigan claimed the first place trophy at the Americheer Competition. In April, the Wolverines traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the UCA National Competition. The cheerleading squad played an integral role in maintaining energy and enthusiasm on the playing field and on the court. But being on the team benefited team members as much as fans and athletes. Terri Fioritto described the togetherness of the squad saying, " Being a member of Michigan athletics has been one of the best experiences of my college years. The friendships, laughter, and memories kept the team strong throughout the year. " by Holly Horvath 207 Inside Sports
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