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Published 12/3/2004

Owens Cheerleading Squad Performs at Home Men's Basketball Games

Owens Cheerleading Squad Area residents will once again be entertained by outstanding halftime dance routines as Owens Community College's Cheerleading and Dance Team performs at home men's basketball games.

Since its founding as a cheer/dance mounting squad in 2001, the Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team has participated in regional and state competitions, garnering several awards. Such honors include first place finishes at JamFest - Collegiate Open Cheer and the Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships. In addition, Owens' squad was second at the Cheerleaders of America Open Championship and the Cheerleaders of America Midwest Open.

"We have a very talented and spirited squad to cheer on the Owens Express this year," said Tracy Lynne Rollins, Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team Head Coach. "The success our team has achieved the past four years is a credit to the group's hard work and dedication."

Rollins added, "I expect our squad to build upon previous accomplishments and continue Owens' tradition of cheerleading excellence."

The Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team is led by fourth-year Head Coach Tracy Lynne Rollins. A Perrysburg resident, she has served as a cheerleading coach for the past nine years at Lake Junior, Bowling Green and Eastwood high schools, and has worked with several area All-Star squads. Coach Rollins previously worked with the National Cheerleading Association organizing various cheer clinics throughout Northwest Ohio. Her squads are known for their creativity and have won various awards in all competitions.

The Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team returning members include Terri Vykopal of Bradner (Lakota High School); Christina Thomas of Toledo (Whitmer High School); Brittany Draeger of Millbury (Lake High School); Heather Jordan of Toledo (St. Ursula Academy), and Leslie Lane of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School).

First-year performers are Crystal Maidlow of Maumee (Maumee High School); Heather Placko of Oregon (Clay High School); Penlope Butungi of Toledo (Libbey High School); Kristy Renz of West Unity (Hilltop High School); Callie Rettig of West Unity (Hilltop High School); Brittany Swan of Strongsville (Strongsville High School); Stephanie Welling of Rossford (Rossford High School); Jaimie Rohm of Northwood (Northwood High School); Lindsay Whitman of West Unity (Hilltop High School); Melanie King of Toledo (Springfield High School); Rachel Chambers of Rossford (Rossford High School); Megan Corley of Toledo (Springfield High School), and Lauren King of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne High School).

Other first-year Express Cheerleading and Dance Team members include Amanda Hill of Bowling Green (Bowling Green High School); Kara Relyea of Paulding (Paulding High School); April Klima of Ottoville (Ottoville High School); Chardae Snowden of Toledo (Libbey High School); Terry Austin of Toledo (Libbey High School); DJ Danhauer of Delta (Delta High School); Derek Ruplinger of Delta (Delta High School); John Pollock of Rossford (Rossford High School), and Josh Johnson of Toledo (Waite High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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