Cheerleading team keeps players pumped

Palomar's cheer squad performs at the final football game of the season against Grossmont on Nov. 16 at Escondido High School's Wilson Stadium.  Marco Gonzalez/Telescope

Palomar’s cheer squad performs at the final football game of the season against Grossmont on Nov. 16 at Escondido High School’s Wilson Stadium. Marco Gonzalez/Telescope

Cheerleading has been a sport at Palomar College for five years, and the team is currently ranked second in the nation in its division.

Palomar’s Cheerleading Team is proud of how hard its members work each year to pump up the Athletics Department and improve as gymnasts and competitive cheerleaders, said Cheer Coach Jamie Arroyo.

The team performs at every home football and basketball game, as well as a variety of competitions throughout their season.

According to Arroyo, the teammates attend and perform at a presidential golf invitational and the USA Nationals in March in Anaheim.

The largest competition the team participates in is the televised NCA Collegiate Championships in April in Daytona, Fla. According to Arroyo, the last time the team won this competition was in 2004, and in 2013 it finished second to Orange Coast College by .55.

“This year we have the strongest tumblers we’ve had in a long time, I think,” Arroyo said. “We’re hoping for the win this time.”

The coach said the season starts off slow, with mostly preparation for games during their summer training. However, he wants to make sure the team members don’t waste time this semester so they will be prepared for the spring competitions.

“I just keep them focused and keep reminding them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We have an end goal here.”

Palomar's cheer squad members Savannah Stacy is tossed in air by (left to right)  Amanda Treanor, Trey Bass and Elena Mulligan on Nov. 13 in The Dome. • Xenia Spatacean

Palomar’s cheer squad members Savannah Stacy is tossed in air by (left to right) Amanda Treanor, Trey Bass and Elena Mulligan on Nov. 13 in The Dome. • Xenia Spatacean

Trey Bass, a 20-year-old base on the team, started cheering when he was 18 and continued it into college because of the coach. He also said, “I like performing for people.”

Arroyo said the transition from high school cheer to college cheer is a difficult one for some. They have to get used to having an equal obligation to required school work and cheer practice.

Palomar's Cheerleading team practicing in The Dome, on Nov. 13. • Xenia Spatacean/Telescope

Palomar’s Cheerleading team practicing in The Dome, on Nov. 13. • Xenia Spatacean/Telescope

“High school cheer is more ‘Rah! Rah!’ and fun, whereas here we have more of an athletic focus,” Arroyo said. He added that Palomar’s cheer team tries to support the entire field of athletics and show their spirit, while also letting people know cheerleading is a sport as well.

Photography major Savannah Stacy is a freshman on the team, and said via email that the Palomar cheerleaders welcomed her with open arms.

Palomar's Cheerleading team practicing in The Dome, on Nov. 13. • Xenia Spatacean/Telescope

Palomar’s Cheerleading team practicing in The Dome, on Nov. 13. • Xenia Spatacean/Telescope

The 19-year-old flyer moved to California from Delaware after graduating high school in 2013, and has been participating in competitive cheerleading since she was 4 or 5.

She said, “Everyone works so hard for a goal that everybody wants to accomplish. Plus, you get to be with your friends! What better way to create moments and memories that will last a lifetime!”

Palomar cheer squad practice their supported lift formations in the Dome on Nov. 13. • Lucas Spenser/Telescope

Palomar cheer squad practice their supported lift formations in the Dome on Nov. 13. • Lucas Spenser/Telescope

Twenty-year-old flyer Sarah Mitchell agreed that being part of something and working hard for a common goal is the best part of being on the team. Mitchell got her start in Valley Center Pop Warner when she was 8 years old, and has been cheering ever since.

The next cheer performance will take place at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 in the Dome.

Author: Jordan Greene

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  1. This is the great to see that Palomar College students are doing well for cheerleading. They deserve second rank in Nation. Respect..!!

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