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Kelsey's blog on UK Tryouts!!

Kelsey LaCroix

I am honored to be a new member of the University of Kentucky Cheerleading program. This weekend was filled with a lot of talent and amazing athletes and I'm so glad I was part of this amazing experience. The weekend of tryouts started on Thursday night with an open gym followed by two days of stunting and tumbling sessions to work on skills for the final tryout day. There were two cuts, one on Friday night and one on Saturday morning. After the second cut we had interviews. On Sunday we went to Memorial Coliseum at noon, warmed up our stunts and tumbling and the guys started their tryouts followed by the girls. We were judged on our sideline, cheer, stretch and elite stunts, our standing and running tumbling pass, and the fight song. Then we waited for results and teams were announced.

I felt my tryout had gone well. I hit all of my stunts and tumbling passes, and although I'm not always comfortable talking in front of an audience, I was happy with my interview. I was nervous to try out in front of hundreds of people, nervous I would mess up the words, or fall in a stunt or on tumbling, but I knew that as long as I went on the floor with confidence and did exactly what I had practiced I would be happy no matter what the results were. Living so far from the University it was difficult to make up all of the stunts and the cheer in just a few days. It was also stressful at times trying to hit difficult stunts consistently with new people and with such a short amount of time.

However, the hardest part for me was waiting for the teams to be announced. At that point, there were so many things going through my head. I was nervous, excited, and anxious all at once. There was nothing else I could do to change my tryout or go back in time to fix any small mistakes I had made. I just had to wait and hope that everything I had done up to that point was enough. When my number was announced I couldn't believe that all of my hard work had finally paid off and that I had been chosen to represent the best cheerleading program in the nation.

I, along with seven other girls and seven guys, made Blue Squad. I can't wait for an amazing season with my new teammates and I am beyond thankful for being given this amazing opportunity! GO CATS!

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