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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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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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nd NOA.tHntil-.il ' :. e court eluding defenders who ach year Michigan students had the oppor- tunity to act out their competitive fantasies on the athletic field. The Michigan Intramural Department attempted to accommodate thou- sands of amateur athletes in dozens of sports. The types of sports offered for competition varied greatly. Some intramural sports included: three-on-three and five-on-five basketball, soft- ball, table tennis, tennis, swimming and diving, racquetball, and ice hockey. Some of the more popular sports were flag football, volleyball, and basketball. The basketball league was even partly sponsored by Right Guard. The company helped 208 Inside Sports advertise the tournament and passed out jerseys to the champions at the end. All the sports however, shared one common denominator as all partici- pants put forth tremendous amounts of effort in order to win. The basic format of most of the sports was that games and matches were played over a season which amounted to several weeks of play. The leagues were divided according to level of ability, so as to keep the games close and competitive. In most sports, there were several independent and fraternity leagues on which players could partici- pate. Leagues were established for both sexes while Greg Kessler a co-ed league also existed. Teams could joint q, v j CIlW simply by paying the entry fee and putting to- gether a team. Teams approached competitive play in several it- different manners. Some teams deemed it neces- , sary to practice on their own prior to league play, } while others simply showed up at the athletic site at game time. As Jacob Gin, LSA junior who was : lc participating in the five-on-five basketball tour- nament said, " I always try to keep an open mind prior to every game, but when I get on the court, I play to win. " Following weeks of season play, the playoffs " '
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