Published: January 25, 2008, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:34 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive
2007-08 LSU Cheerleaders
Front Row (L to R): Katie Prechter, Braley Raborn, Liza Boyer, Scott Watkins, Kate Stone, Mitchel Hollier, Mike the Tiger, Scott Dufour, Monica Polemeni, Evan Payne, Meghan Scully, Kenny Daenen, Jessica Spitale
Middle Row (L to R): Kevin Daigle, Andrew Murphy, Austin Langley, Tres Cossaboom, Ricky McDonald, Jamie Mascari, Lizzie Montero, Christopher Bogantes, Chico Garcia (coach), Amanda Ott (coach), Pauline Zernott (coordinator)
Back Row (L to R): BreAnna Kucera, Caleb Jordan, Taylor Trahan, Trever Thibodeaux, Kaylee Elder, (no longer on team), Kimberly Chicola, Justin Hua, Ben Brickner, Jill Honeycutt, Blake Jenevein, Keli Richardson, Eddie Lane, Katherine Whitty, Derek Modicut, Codi Cox, Matthew Thomson, Daisy Brame
Photo by Steve Franz/LSU Sports Information
How can I prepare for LSU Cheerleading tryouts?
You must be well rounded. Motions, tumbling and co-ed stunts are all important. If you do not have co-ed stunt experience it is imperative to get experience prior to tryouts. Local cheer gyms and college squads are good resources for private stunt lessons. Our gold squad members typically have full up stunts, rewinds and handspring up stunts. Purple squad members have basic stunts such as extensions, liberties, walk-in stunts as well as toss stunts. Being able to stunt with several people and not just one person is also a benefit. When we are choosing our team, we consider who easy to work with and can be used with different partners.
As for tumbling, standing back tucks and standing back handspring tucks are the norm for our squad. Running tumbling ranges. Most girls have layouts and fulls and our guys range with no running tumbling to fulls. Both girls and guys have a first round motion cut so it is important to also have good collegiate style motions. Tumbling is usually the key factor in the first cut along with motions. Do not spend time on jumps as we do not use them.
In addition, if you do not cheer on a high school squad and you are on a competitive team only, please consider getting a private coach to assist you in learning “game day” cheerleading. Being talented is important but you must also know how to “lead a crowd” and cheer in front of fans and not just judges. Yelling loud and natural, natural collegiate cheering expressions, sharp motions and good motion placement is all something that you may not work on if only on an all star team.
While we do not have a weight or height restriction, our girls range in size from 95 pounds to 125 pounds and 4’11 to 5’3. Our guys range in size from 5’8 to 6’2 and 160 to 206. This is a typical size range and fluctuates from year to year.
Consider attending one of our spring one day clinics. You will gain an inside perspective on our tryout process. It is also a good idea to attend one of our games to see our cheerleaders in action. We try to coordinate games and clinic around the same time so you can attend both. One day clinic dates TBD.
For more information on LSU Cheerleading Tryouts, click here.
LSU Cheerleading Sixth at National Championships
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The LSU Cheerleaders finished sixth in the Division IA team competition at the 2008 UCA College Cheerleading National Championships held at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
“This year's competition was the closest in years," LSU Cheerleading Coach Pauline Zernott said. "We had a great routine. It was clean and fun to watch. Our cheer, as last year, was one of the highlights of the competition. We finished less than one point away from fourth place. I am very proud of our team and the way we represented LSU.”
In 2007, LSU finished fifth in the nation.
For more info on the 2008 competition visit Varsity.com.
The competition will be aired on ESPN this spring.
Division IA Final Results
3. Central Florida
10. Mississippi State
11. Southern Miss
12. Penn State
13. Ball State
14. Ole Miss
15. Ohio State
For more information regarding the LSU Cheerleading Squad, contact the LSU Spirit Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.