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Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team Places First At Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Championships
Owens Community Collegeís Cheerleading and Dance team recently was crowned state champions following competition at AmeriCheerís 16th Annual Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Championships in Columbus. The Express placed first in the Junior College Division of the cheerleading and dance championships.
"I am very proud of our cheerleading and dance team and their performance at the Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Championships," said Head Coach Tracy Reitz. "Our success is a credit to the hard work and dedication each member has put forth throughout this year. I expect our team to continue to build upon this success as go through the season."
Recognized as the largest statewide cheerleading and dance competition in Ohio, the two-day event attracted over 3,000 cheerleaders consisting of 200 teams from junior high schools, high schools and colleges and universities throughout the state of Ohio.
Led by second-year Head Coach Reitz of Perrysburg, the Owens Express Cheerleading and Dance team is a cheer and dance mounting squad, which performs halftime routines and sideline chants and cheers during the menís basketball games.
Reitz has served as a cheerleading coach for the past five years at Lake Junior, Bowling Green and Eastwood high schools, and is the owner of the all-star squad Great Lakes Cheer Academy. Her squads produce a lot of excitement and have won various awards in competitions. Coach Reitz has worked with the National Cheerleading Association organizing cheer clinics in Northwest Ohio and is a former high school cheerleader.
The Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Championships will be televised to nearly five million households on Saturday, December 21 on FOX Sports Net Ohio. The broadcast begins at 1 p.m.
Owens Express Cheerleading and Dance team members include: Kelly Santus of Stoney Ridge (Eastwood High School graduate), Alaina Launch of Toledo (Whitmer High School graduate), Disa Vargas of Toledo (Start High School graduate), Katey Kaufman of Bradner (Lakota High School graduate), Michelle Graham of Toledo (Whitmer High School graduate), Evelyn Allison of Toledo (Rogers High School graduate), Tiffany Pasker of Toledo (Rogers High School graduate), Melinda Dukes of North Baltimore (North Baltimore High School graduate), Brittany Pacheco of Northwood (Cardinal Stritch High School graduate), Rosey Long of Fostoria (Fostoria High School graduate), Lori Farkas of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic High School graduate), Christina Whatmore of Toledo (Whitmer High School graduate), Mary Dussel of Bradner (Lakota High School graduate), Jody Miller of Toledo (Bowsher High School graduate), Ashleigh Cowell of Toledo (Waite High School graduate), Amanda Joseph of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School graduate) and Tara Baldwin of Toledo (Whitmer High School graduate).
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor ís degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.