The Lancers’ Cheerleading and Dance department held tryouts on May 24-27 in the W building.
Siria LoVett, cheerleader coach for nine years, encouraged new and returning cheerleaders to audition for the squad.
Although PCC has never had a competition squad, LoVett is hoping to build a squad to compete against other schools. She encourages the women to take a gymnastics class to learn how to tumble, perform handstands, and work on cartwheels.
“I would like to get the girls to learn more about gymnastics. It would help them learn new moves,” said LoVett.
During the auditions, the coach was looking for specific characteristics in the women.
“We’re looking for sharpness, spirit, and the way they pick up material and how they retain it,” said LoVett.
According to LoVett, around 50 women showed up at the beginning of the four-day cheerleading tryouts. On the final day, 42 women showed up to complete the audition. Only eight womens showed up for the dance audition.
LoVett talked with the judges of the auditions and planned on communicating with the women’s references before she releases the names of the new squad.
The coach had some words of encouragement for the individuals who tried out: “Work hard and if you did not make it the first time, come back and try out again!”