MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The University of Louisiana Monroe says its cheerleading team has been named World Cup Champions.
The team competed at the Universal Cheerleading Association National Championship in Orlando over the weekend.
ULM says at the D1A All-Girl Game Day competition, ULM Cheerleading placed eighth in the nation with zero deductions on their routine. The following day, the team competed in the University World Cup Championship, where they placed first in Game Day as the top-scoring team in the USA and second in national ranking.
“Winning the World Cup Championship is a dream come true for us. As I think back at all of the trials and tribulations this team has had to overcome this season, the more I realize we needed this. We needed this to show the world that the ULM Cheerleaders are valued and there is value in what we do,” said Patience Talley, ULM Cheerleading coach and assistant coordinator of ULM Student Life and Spirit Group.
“There is value in everything you do. We do this for each other, our coaches, our friends, our family, our alumni, and our university. I am so proud of these girls and what we put on the mat – twice. It wasn’t always easy, but we pushed through, we worked together, and we got an end result we would have never dreamed of,” said ULM Cheerleading captain Jessica Wright.
Team members that participated in the competition include:
Bailey Trichell, 19, Freshman Elementary Education, Delhi, LA
Baylor Chastant, 21, Senior, Mathematics, New Iberia, LA
Callie "Mae" O'Bryant, 18, Freshman, Undecided/Biology, Covington, LA
Elizabeth "Patty" Hamman, 21, Senior, BA/Management, Shreveport, LA
Faith "Faithy" Gaude, 18, Freshman, Pre-Nursing, Madisonville, LA
Haley Taylor, 19, Sophomore, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Monroe, LA
Jailyn Ivy, 18, Freshman, Political Science/Criminal Justice, Shreveport, LA
Jessica Wright, 21, Junior, Communications/Graphic Design, Dry Prong, LA
Kailyn M. Ivy, 18, Freshman, Nursing, Shreveport, LA
Kamiron "Kami" May, 20, Sophomore, Criminal Justice, Calhoun, LA
Kayla LaCoste, 19, Sophomore, Secondary Education, Slidell, LA
Lindsey M. Childress, 18, Freshman, Pre-OT, Gonzales, LA
Madison Bourque, 19, Sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy, Monroe, LA
Molly Lovelace, 20, Junior, Pre-PT, Sprindale, AR
Morgan "Sava" DeRosia, 20, Junior, SLP/Psychology, Deville, LA
Morgan Goings, 19, Freshman, Psychology/OT, Kentwood, LA
Nia Traylor, 18, Freshman, Pre-Nursing, Shreveport, LA
Paige Lowery, 20, Junior, Elementary Education, Haughton, LA
Regan L. Dililormo, 18, Freshman, Pre-Nursing, Bossier City, LA
Samariah "Sammi" Spivey, 19, Sophomore, Biology Pre-Med, Monroe, LA
Savannah Hartmann, 20, Freshman, Psychology, West Monroe, LA
Shelby Richardson, 20, Sophomore, Psychology/Business, Eunice, LA
Moira "Gracie" Demers, 20, Junior, Pre- SLP, Colfax, LA.