Spirit Squad Holds Tryouts

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa cheerleading and dance teams held tryouts inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 21-23.
Forty dancers auditioned with a jazz routine, pom routine, and showcase of elite skills. Twenty-one dancers — 16 veterans and 5 new members — were selected. The team represents five states, including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska.

“We have a solid foundation of 16 veterans returning off our 3rd place finish at Nationals last season,” said UI dance coach Jenny Eustice. “Our five new team members bring new skills and talent to continue to push our program to be one of the best in the nation.”
Twenty-seven cheerleaders – 21 veterans and 6 newcomers — were also chosen for the 2017-2018 season. The team is represented by student-athletes from Iowa, Illinois, Florida, Utah, and Pennsylvania.
“Tryouts went great, we had a lot of talent come in for cheer and dance,” said UI spirit squad coordinator Gregg Niemiec. “They will just help us to build an already strong core of returning veterans that we have.
“We are looking forward to where our teams can be for the first football game September 2nd, but there is a lot of time between now and then.  Summer Practices, UCA/UDA Camp, and lots and lots of events.  The teams are great and ready to take on the challenge. “
The Iowa Spirit Squads can be seen at Football, Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Wrestling and Women’s Gymnastics as well as other events around the University of Iowa and the state. 
Iowa Cheerleaders
Kennedey Bass
Cecily Calcopietro
Abby Carlson
Morgan Dibert
Jordan Dingman *
Madison Dunning
Sadie Ellsworth
Ashley Ferencz
Allie George
James Glowacki
Jakob Grittmann *
Sage Hassel
Matthew Hawkins
Emily Holmes
Matthew Krames
Adam O’Brien
Brian Pazdioch
Danny Poole
Andrew Ritts
Emma Rohn
Wade Rollins
Rachel Ruplinger
Mark Schmidt
Ashlyn Smith
Madison Watson
Tyler Wills
Marissa Young
Iowa Dance Team
Sydney Albertson
Natalie Aunspach
Isabel Berg
Katie Boonyong
Ali Carlson
Kaitlyn Crutchley
Emily David
Lexie Drevline
Kayla Drow
Erin Foley
Taylor Foley
Mallory Gillispie
Taylor Martensen
Jenna Printy
Jenna Rahbun
Alaina Rieger
Tessa Roland
Megan Schaefer
Kelsie Sherbon
Mia Spitzer
Cari Wadman
Herky Security
Anthony Caligiuri
Erica Cole
Chance Johnson
Cole Johnson
Alex Kern
Zach Whitesides