Queens, NY | In front of a crowded house at York College this evening, the College of Staten Island Cheerleading squad earned top honors, taking home the CUNYAC Championship after a great performance against a selection of other conference schools.
Five CUNYAC teams competed this evening in team competition, and the Dolphins secured the title by achieving the highest total score. It was CSI’s first Cheer Championship since 2012 and their third overall. CSI actually began the senior college competition, followed by Medgar Evers College, John Jay College, Lehman College, and Brooklyn College.
A series of great jumps and skilled acrobatics were featured in CSI’s two-plus minute routine, and the team earned high marks for technical difficulties and poise. CSI’s routine was certainly appreciated, sending the crowd into a frenzy of several occasions after they successfully landed a series of jumps and stunts.
The win for CSI is especially sweet considering that the Dolphins overcame numerous injuries and a fair turnover of the roster under first-year Head Coach Kristie Perrotta. Although not a sponsored varsity sport by the College, the spirit squad is housed under the Intramurals program and features student-athletes who are deemed eligibly by NCAA qualifying standards, and this year’s team features a collection of faces both new and seasoned to competitive cheerleading.
CSI’s first-ever cheerleading championship came in 2003. The College did not sponsor a program for several years, bringing it back in 2008.
Congratulations, CSI Cheer!