Nov. 6, 2001
Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State cheerleading squad won the east region of the college Universal Cheerleaders Association by ways of a qualifying videotape. Ohio State has now won the east region 12 of the past 15 years. The squad was victorious over all other schools in the east region including Kent State, Penn State, Cincinnati, Villanova, Syracuse and Connecticut.
By placing first in their region the Buckeyes receive an all-expense paid bid to the College Cheerleading National Championship in January. The squad also receives an automatic bid to the final round of the competition that will be held on Jan. 12 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
The Buckeyes have been on a steady incline during the past few years. After a 12th place finish in 1998 and '99, the squad rebounded in 2000 to finish sixth and bested that mark in 2001 by finishing second to national power, Kentucky. The Buckeyes last won the national title in 1993.
Head coach Judy Bunting is optimistic that the squad will be able to continue their recent success.
"We have a lot of strong stunters and tumblers this year," Bunting said. "We have a lot of young talent this year to go with our experienced members. We're going to be very exciting to watch."
Members of the scarlet squad that put together the qualifying tape include Katy Adcock, Jennifer Barr, Lauren Boccia, Liz Daulton, Patrick Fogarty, Mike Fresch, Michelle Fultz, A.J. Ganim, Amy Hawkins, Octavia Henry, Tyler Houchin, Andy Masters, Chris Ove, Katie Pahl, Tim Pike, Paul Schlitz, Candice Shubert, Paul Tapaszi, Lamar Watkins and Tara Zinslen.
The Buckeyes will continue to practice through November and December, perfecting pieces of their routine at OSU football and basketball games.
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