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Junior Megan Armbruster and her team compete at cheerleading Worlds

Sydney Bommersbach, writer

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Cheer teams from across the U.S. fly into Orlando, Florida for the chance to be named best in the nation at their sport. Traveling with her team named Midwest Xplosion Blackout Stingrays Allstars, junior Megan Armbruster flew out to The Cheerleading Worlds on April 25 to join over 11,000 other athletes.

“This is the most prestigious cheerleading event and it was just fun to go there, stay with my team and watch other teams we wouldn’t normally see,” Armbruster said. “I was excited to be able to go to Worlds as it’s every cheerleader’s dream to go there and compete.”

There are three days of competition involved at Worlds. Day one is called Preliminaries, in which teams must compete and the top 10 move on to day two. Armbruster and her team took second in this and advanced.

“In day two we compete again at Semifinals,” Armbruster said. “We ended up placing 25th with a safety infraction; without that we would have been 16th from those placements. Only the top 15 move on to finals, so without our safety infraction, we were one spot away from going to finals. It was disappointing, but the safety infraction made it better so we weren’t as close to it.”

PHOTO Credit: Megan Armbruster
With her team, junior Megan Armbruster competes at The Cheerleading Worlds.

Safety infractions are a separate category from other deductions and theirs came from a flyer spinning with her head below her feet.

“My biggest motivation is my teammates,” Armbruster said, “Because you can’t win if one of them touches the ground while tumbling. The whole team of 19 girls gets deducted from one mistake, so it’s really a team effort.”

To try and make sure their routine is as flawless as possible, during the month leading up to Worlds, Megan and her team practice five or six days a week.

“In general, with cheer I’ve really learned to manage my time,” Armbruster said. “Our practices are five to six hours long on of the some days. With my hour commute there and back, I have to find time to do everything around that.”

In order to compete at Worlds again next year, Megan and her team must win a bid in the upcoming season. She is confident they will be able to achieve this because they went last season and can’t wait to see where this year takes them.

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