Misericordia University Cheerleading
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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


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.

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.  
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.
        Academic Success
        The MU Cheerleaders have been hard at work this semester in the classroom. Nine cougar cheerleaders earned a 3.55 GPA or higher; four athletes finished the semester with an impressive 4.0 GPA. Members of the cheerleading program handle an enormous work load during the fall semester involving community service projects, volunteer hours, supporting athletic programs on the sidelines and long practice hours preparing for the National Cheerleading Championship. We are beyond proud of the young ladies who were top performers in the classroom as well. Those athletes appearing on the Dean's List include: Sydney Buskirk, Samantha Miller, Olivia Cottle, Samantha Olcott, Carrie Kinney, Gabriella LaManna, Morgan Palmer, Kristin Robinson, and Christina Moore.
The Misericordia University cheerleading team had a strong finish at the UCA National Championships with a runner-up finish in the Game Day Competition.

Displaying their game-time traditions and material against squads from all three NCAA Divisions, the Cougars provided a flawless routine that earned a second-place finish, just .4 behind national champion Cal Poly State.

Game Day Competition Final Standings
1.  California Poly State University – Division I
2.  Misericordia University – Division III
3.  Monmouth University – Division II
4.  Northern Kentucky University – Division I
5.  Tennessee Tech University – Division I

Cougars are Runner-Up in College Game-Day Nationals
Introducing our 2018-2019 Team Captains:
Samantha Miller, Emily Wenrich and Samantha Olcott. These young women are ready to take on the season and serve as leaders for our program. We are excited to see them continue so many awesome program traditions and make their own mark as well!
The Misericordia University cheerleading team took home several accolades at the Universal Cheerleading Association camp at the University of Scranton.

The Cougars captured first place in fight song, timeout performance and overall game day categories while finishing second in sideline performance.  

For the first time in program history the Cougars earned the Most Collegiate Award, which recognizes the team that upholds school traditions while displaying professionalism and consistently in its routines. Misericordia also received the camp's Leadership Award for the third consecutive year.

The camp experience offered cheerleading programs the opportunity for skills growth while assisting teams in game day preparations and safety awareness. The cheerleading team kicks off its 2018-19 campaign this fall.

2018-2019 Season
Off to a Strong Start
Misericorda finishes 6th in Game Day Championship and 6th in Traditional Routine at UCA's College National Championship!  
See full article: https://athletics.misericordia.edu/index.aspx?path=gen
Cougars Finish FOURTH
The Misericordia University cheerleading team finished fourth at the 2020 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Game Day National Championship, Friday in Orlando, FL.

MU was the highest-placed team in Division III while the rest of the top five were Division I.

"I am so extremely proud of our program and the way they represented the university in the Game Day routine Championship," said Misericordia head coach Tara Sinclair. "They were the highest scoring DIII team in a very tough field of competition."

Game Day National Championship Standings
1. The University of Rhode Island (DI)
2. Hofstra University (DI)
3. Sacramento State University (DI)
4. Misericordia University (DIII)
5. James Madison University (DI)
The Misericordia University cheerleaders recently completed another semester of giving back to the community as the team totaled 444 service hours in a variety of projects.

The team raised $1,400 in September for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and their fight against pediatric cancer.

In October, the Cougars switched their efforts to raising funds for the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research and treatment. Their month long "Go Pink!" campaign raised $1,032. Team members also volunteered to run children's story hour at the Back Mountain Memorial Library while other team members served as guest readers at local pre-schools. 

MU cheerleaders volunteering for numerous other fall community events, including: Hillside Farm's Fall Festival, Dallas Harvest Festival, MU Campus Ministry's "Stuff the Bus" event and packaging/delivering meals for the Back Mountain's "Dinner for Kids" program.

The team hosted its annual Cougar Cheerleading Challenge in November, which invites local recreation and school teams to compete and showcase their talents. The event is home to the team's largest and longest-running community service project: "Charity Cup Challenge."
Sixty-one teams joined Misericordia for the event which collected 3,914 non-perishable food items and over 40 cases of water for four local food pantries and fire stations.

Team members wrapped up their fall semester volunteering at Hillside Farm's "Christmas in the Barn" for the fourth consecutive year. 
2020 - 2021 
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and the concerns regarding public health, the Misericordia University cheerleading program will host video tryouts.

Applicants are asked to follow the guidelines below to submit their video.  

Video Requirements:
1.  Introduce Yourself - Your name, intended major, stunting position, list your strengths as a team member, share your weakness, and let us know why you chose Misericordia University for your higher education.  
2.  Perform the required material.  (Fight song and two sidelines - video link: 
3.  Two jumps
4.  Tumbling skills
5.  Stunting - you may use videos from previous routines or practices. If stunting videos are not available, please reach out and let us know.  

Two references are also required.  Please access reference forms here. 

Submit the tryout registration form as well. 

Submit video entry, along with the tryout registration form to Head Coach Tara Sinclair at tcoletti@misericordia.edu.