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Bth not wear helmets or jerseys rombackflips to human pyra- ni ids, cheerleaders found fiin ways to rally the crowd r It was game day. Oressed in rmize and Yet they were a vital part of athlffccs at the University. They wer the University ci ichiganThe leadinj team. Consisting o 26 men and women, the cheerleaders anticipated the beginning of the athletic season since starting practice in late July. Tean members worked out daily from July until April. Three days a week were allocated to weigh training and the remainder were scheduled practices lasting about three hours each. The team participated in competitions across the nation. Over summer vacation they travelec to Tennessee to compete in a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp for college teams across the country. The squad took home trophies in two of the three divisions offered, earning first place in one of these divisions. Junior Jeff Haddad said, " It shows a lot about where this program i; John, the team improved so much in the past three years that they were considered title contenders Competing in a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp during the summer, headed, we were recognized at camp as being one of the top squads in the nation. " the U-M squad won The cheerleaders took their first place finish with them to the national competition held ir troohies in two of three J anuar 7- Nationals were held at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. According to Coach Pamela St categories, including one u . . However, due to injury, the first place trophy. squa d p i ace d 13th out of 50 schools. Aside from inspiring the fans at the football and basketball games, the U-M cheerleaders also performed at pep rallies, alumni functions, and charity events. " Cheerleading allows me to be a part of the wonderful Michigan athletic tradition, but it is also a way for me to become involved with former students as well as the community as a whole, " second-year member Carla Perez said. The Michigan cheerleaders were a disciplined, enthusiastic group of individuals and a vital part of iiI " " M |WIimiHHi team onto the held. Before each home the Michigan tradition. football game, the cheerleaders and players . . excited the crowd by running underneath Story by Jaime 1 inmn the " Go Blue " banner. 202 Sports
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Athletics Divider 201 Chin Peterson
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Layout by Todd Brockdorf iiiiiiiiaBiiiiMBiiiiiiiiiuyiraamnnnnmmiiiiiiiim the crowd during the Memphis game. The cheerleaders supported the team through disappointing losses as well as sizable victories. Solocinski, into a " high torch arabesque. " Cheerleaders participated in training camps where they perfected their gymnastic skills and stunt techniques. photos by Chip Peterson Sports 203
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