HPU’s national championship cheer program sent 18 cheerleaders
to the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) College Nationals
competition at Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, January
Five coed pairs (one man, one woman) and two all-girl teams (four
women) from HPU qualified to compete against teams from 184 colleges
and universities at this year’s event, which will air in
the next few weeks on ESPN2.
Five coed pairs competed
(1) April Huliganga (psychology, jr.) Kihei, Maui; Matt Kelley
(public relations sr.)-Houston.
(2) Jessica Borrego (business, soph.) Fullerton, Calif.; Ryan
Baker (marketing, jr.) Columbus, Ohio.
(3) Chelsea Ross (nursing jr.)-Spring, Texas; Darnell Brown (psychology
(4) Danielle Luciano (biochemistry, jr.) Dallas; Matthew Callahan
(psychology, sr.) Orlando, Fla.
(5) Melanie Gomez (business, soph.) Houston,Texas; Travis Robillard
(psychology, jr.) Wichita, Kansas.
Two all-girl teams competed
(1) Tara O’Sullivan (fr.) Houston, Texas; Lauren Loeb (fr.)
Beaumont, Texas; Chelsey Kannan (accounting, fr.) Snellville,
Georgia; Heather Turner (communication, soph.) Jonesboro, Georgia.
(2) Erin Watters (communication graduate student) Wadsworth,
Ohio; Lauren Haines (psychology, sr.) Portland, Oregon; Nicole
Orcutt (soph.) Gilbert, Arizona; Savanna Sibley (justice administration,
sr.) Las Vegas, Nevada.
In its 2006 debut at the UCA competition, the HPU All-Girl Stunt
Team won the national title. The HPU Coed Cheer Team will defend
its five consecutive national titles at the National Cheerleaders
Association (NCA) Championships in April, when HPU’s Small
Coed Cheer Team (consisting of no more than four males) will
also defend its three straight national titles. The HPU Dance
Team is also a reigning 2007 National Dance Alliance (NDA) national
champion, having previously won in 2006 and 2004.