Mariner cheerleaders place fifth at states

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The Mariners will bring their qualifying routine from the regional competition, above, to the state championships in Augusta on February 7. Photo by Faith DeAmbrose

Deer Isle—The small but strong Mariner cheerleading squad placed fifth at the  Class D cheerleading championships at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, February 7—exactly what Coach Kim Yurchick hoped for.

 “Our goal is to move up the ladder at states, hopefully a few spots from regionals,”  Coach Kim Yurchick said, leading up to the championships.

The squad placed eighth at the Eastern regionals two weeks ago, securing the final, qualifying spot for the state championship.

Leading up to the states, Yurchick said the team  “had been having practice everyday that we can…The weather has certainly not been on our side.

Yurchick made up for missed practices by lengthening the ones she was able to hold.

“We practiced this last Sunday for three hours, something I normally would not do,” she said. “But, we [had] no choice.”

The routines the squad performed varied little  from the regional championships  two weeks ago.

“I know we will have a clean routine that the girls can be confident with and hit,” Yurchick said two days before leading the girls to their fifth-place win.

As a first-year coach for a squad that, with  members now graduated, won the regional championships in 2013 and placed third at the states in 2012, Yurchick said she is extremely proud and excited.

“These girls have worked hard to be where they are,” she said. “They deserve to be going to states, and this is a good year for them to gain experience. I know in future years there will be big things to come for this cheering squad. I feel so privileged to be their coach!”

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