By Julianne Mosher
Rocky Point’s varsity cheerleading squad won the national title earlier this month after an intense and successful season of victories.
The team has won all five of its competitions this year and then made its way to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the 2020 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship at Walt Disney World held last week.
“The girls executed a flawless routine and hit everything in sync,” said Anna Spallina, team coach. “It’s what every coach dreams of.”
Since 2011, the school has been in the top three at the national cheerleading championships and held this highest ranking three times prior to this win: 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Competing in the medium varsity Division II category, the girls knew how important it was to hit every movement and tumble. “We were going to have some tough competition,” Spallina said.
“That’s what makes cheerleading so exciting and amazing,” she added. “It’s the biggest stage of the year and they were totally prepared to take the mat.”
Training all summer, the team of 19 was ecstatic to hear that they were the new national champions again.
“I can’t even explain the feeling… they were so happy and were crying happy tears,” Spallina said. “The parents too, they made a lot of sacrifices this year for the team and they were thrilled.”
But what was especially exciting was that the graduating seniors were able to receive several different titles after some were brought onto the team in the seventh grade.
“The one thing they needed was a national title before they leave,” she said. “And they got it. I’m so happy for them.”