Misericordia University Cheerleading
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Misericordia Finishes 3rd

The Misericordia University cheerleading team enjoyed its best finish in school history at the 2014  Universal Cheerleading Association College Cheer and Dance Team National Championships, held Saturday January 18th in Orlando, FL. 
After a near flawless performance the Cougars finished second behind The College of New Jersey in the Division III college semi-finals.  During the final round of competition the Cougars fell to third behind TCNJ and Nassau Community College.  The team finished in front of local rivals Delaware Valley College and University of Scranton.
This was the program's sixth time completing all elements of qualification to appear at the national event. This year also marks the program's fourth time qualifying for the final round of competition. 
The Cougars are lead by senior captains Nicole Grim, Megan Zelonis, Sarah Richard, and Mallory Loughman, along with junior captain Jessica Reuther.
The Cougars are coached by  head coach Tara Sinclair and assistants Courtney Pentka and Amber Schmidt. 

2014 College Open All-Girl Results:
1.  The College of New Jersey, NJ
2.  Nassau Community College, NY
3.  Misericordia University, PA
4.  Fredonia State University, NY
5.  Avila University, KS

Cougars Finish Fourth at College Nationals

The 2014-15 Misericordia University Cheerleading team kept the tradition of excellence alive at the 2015 UCA College Championship.  The team hot a solid routine in the semi-final round of competition and advanced into Division III finals for the fourth consecutive year. The team, led by senior captains Cara Hill, Jessica Reuther and Kelsey Wolsieffer, along with Junior captain Gina Baiamonte, finished fourth in this year's competition.   
Click here to view the FOX Sports show featuring the Misericordia Cheerleaders. 
MU Cheer Program Travels to Delaware for College Spirit Camp
​    The Cougars are off to a strong start in the 2017-2018 season!  The team, comprised of 27 athletes, recently attended UCA's summer camp for college programs.  The four day camp experience proved to be a time of tremendous progress for this year's team  The camp provided the team an opportunity to learn new skills, review safety procedures, demonstrate skill progression and learn new material for the upcoming season. 
    
    The Cougars were recognized by the camp staff for their Game Day Traditions. In addition, the team was honored to receive the Leadership Award, which is voted on by the team's attending camp.  In the final day of camp, Misericordia competed against other DIII teams in attendance. They ranked second in Fight School and Game Day Timeout Performance. They finished fourth in Sideline Performance.  
    
The 2017-2108 captains, Kristin Robinson, Morgan Palmer, Cori Aull, and Samantha Miller did an outstanding job leading the team during the intensive four day camp.



   Student Athletes Earn Spot on Dean's List

    Congratulations to the members of the Misericordia Cheerleading team who achieved academic excellence during the 2015 fall semester. Seniors Gina Baiamonte, Kelly Keener, Danica Kuti and Erica Moore finished the semester with a 4.0. The remaining members of the senior class, Desiree Goble, Alyssa Auer and Miranda Bellas, were also named to the Dean’s List. Underclassmen Carly Sees, Nikki Bagoly, Kristin Robinson and Alexa Malloy also earned a spot on the Dean’s List.  
    Students must achieve a GPA of 3.55 or higher to appear on the Misericordia University Dean’s List. 
    The team finished this semester with a 3.4 GPA.  

    The Misericordia University cheerleaders attended the UCA College National Championship January 14-18, 2016. This was the program’s ninth time attending the championship and it marked the sixth time the team advanced to the final round of competition.  
    The Cougar cheerleaders finished fourth at this year’s championship.

Cougars Advance to Finals at the College Championship

BAIAMONTE NAMED VALEDICTORIAN

The Misericordia University Cheerleaders finished the spring semester with a 3.66 team GPA.  Seventeen members of the twenty-four member earned a 3.55 grade point average or better to be named to the university's Dean's List.

Gina Baiamonte was named class valedictorian with a perfect 4.00 and classmate Desiree Goble finished her final semester with a 4.00.  In addition to Baiamonte and Goble, congratulations to Alyssa Auer, Lyndsey Balzer, Nicolette Bagoly, Jordanne Brouse, Megan Davis, Paisha Glisson, Danica Kuti, Gabriella LaManna, Stephanie Monforte, Christina Moore, Erica Moore, Morgan Palmer, Kristin Robinson, Carly Sees and Becky Zaneski.

Baiamonte was a four-year member of the MU cheer team and served as team captain as a junior and senior. She achieved a 4.0 GPA in Bio/Chemistry and will continue to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor at The Commonwealth Medical College.

    Fifty-two teams gathered at Misericordia University's Anderson Athletic Center on Sunday, November 13th to participate in the 13th annual competition hosted by the Misericordia University Cheerleading team.  The event was split into three sessions to accommodate over 800 athletes.  In the morning session, the mini (D) team from the Plains Yankees' program was announced the grand champions. The second session featured 18 junior and senior recreation teams; it was The Berwick White team that claimed the Grand Championship title in that session.  Finally, the competition concluded with junior high and high school teams from Northeast Pa.  Crestwood Varsity won 1st place in the small Varsity Division. Hazleton Area won the Medium Varsity Division, and Pocono Mountain claimed top honors in the Large Varsity Division.  The Panthers from Pocono Mountain were also named Grand Champions of the School Session. 
     The Charity Cup Challenge, held in conjunction with the Cougar Cheer 
and Dance Challenge, was also a success. The food-drive, organized by the
 MU team, collected 1,839 non-perishable food items for local food pantries.
 Wilkes-Barre Bears Youth (C) team, the Hazleton Cougars Junior (B) team 
and the Hanover Area Varsity team were awarded Charity Cups for their 
donations. The Wilkes-Barre Bears had the overall high total for the day 
with an impressive 590 items donated. Thanks to all those athletes and 
families that made this year a success!
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MU Cheerleaders Host Annual 'Go Pink' Campaign

The MU Cougar Cheerleaders have raised $1,126.00 for The American Cancer Society during their month-long 'Go Pink' Campaign!! The team raised money by selling t-shirts and collecting donations throughout the month of October. They also sold t-shirts and organized a 50/50 raffle at the home football game on Saturday, October 22nd. In addition to raising fund for ACS, team members also volunteered and participated in ACS's annual walk "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" held in Kirby Park on October 15, 2016.

Our the last five seasons, the Misericordia University cheer team has raised $7,197 for ACS with their annual month long campaign in October. 
Cougars for a  Cure

MU Cheer hosted a cheerleading clinic on Saturday, January 21st for young athletes in the community. Proceeds from the clinic benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital and Sloan Kettering's Neuroblastoma Team. Clinic participants performed with the university cheerleaders during half-time.  They spent time creating cards for patients at St. Jude's.  The clinic and game-day 50/50 raised $635!  A special thank you to Bring it Bows and Mad Tees for providing discounts for participant shirts and bows!

MU cheerleaders also sold t-shirts throughout the month of January of the cause.  T-shirt sales brought in another $378 in profit. St. Jude Research Hospital and Sloan Kettering's Neuroblastoma Team will both receive $550 for their work with childhood cancer.  
College Nationals 2017

Misericordia Cheerleaders attended the 2017 College National Cheerleading and Dance Championship January 14-16, 2017. The event, hosted by UCA and UDA, welcomed over three hundred teams for the weekend-long competition.  

MU cheer program advanced to the final round of competition for the 6th consecutive year. They finished 5th in the Open All-Girl Division.
2017 MU Alumni Event
        On Saturday, January 28th, the Anderson Center was full of cheerleading alumni. The cheerleading program welcomed 36 former cheerleaders for a day-long event.  Alumni participated in a pre-game practice where they learned material.  Participating alumni then joined the team for a half-time performance at the men's game.  Following the game, the program hosted a meet and greet so current cheereleaders and alumni could connect and share their experiences regarding Misericordia and their careers.  An evening reception was held at The Beaumont Inn.
Senior Appreciation Day at MU

    At the final home game of the 2016-2017 regular season, Misericordia Athletics recognized their senior athletes.  The MU cheerleading program celebrated five seniors' accomplishments.  Congratualtions to Cori Aull, Jordanne Brouse, Megan Davis, Carly Sees and Samantha Tencza.  
Taking Place on:  Sunday, November 12, 2017
at Misericordia University's Anderson Center
Cougar Cheer & Dance Challenge
The 14th Annual


Why select Misericordia's annual competition? Here is what we offer:
  • A timely competition - complete with a free program upon admission.
  • Three sessions so that friends and family are not stuck inside all day waiting for your team's performance and results.
  • A certified athletic trainer on-site for the entire event.
  • A nine panel performance floor and a 3 station warm-up area
  • Two panels of judges for the recreational cheerleading sessions and the mid-day individual and stunt group session.  This allows for a smooth competition without any long breaks or pauses.
  • For high school and all-star teams we offer a panel of five judges - dropping the highest and lowest score to arrive at your final placement.  This allows for more feedback and it provides you with the fairest results possible!
  • GRAND CHAMPIONS! A Grand Championship Award is presented in each session. Medals will be awarded to the participants of the team winning the Grand Championship.
Come join the fun and excitement! The Cougar Cheer and Dance Challenge welcomes all teams, individuals and stunt groups. Last year over 50 teams participated in the Cougar Cheer/Dance Challenge. In addition, during our 6th annual Charity Cup Challenge, a total of 1,200+ canned and boxed food donations were collected allowing us to donate to three local food pantries. Don't wait - register before October 1, 2017 and receive a $25 discount on your team's registration! 
Registration Deadline is Friday, October 27, 2017

Click here for registration forms, release form, score sheets and additional information.