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Cheer team places fifth at nationals

The USI Cheerleading team looks up at the jumbo Tron during a media time out.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 21, 2020

The USI Cheer team finished 5 out of 18 teams in nationals on Jan.18 in Orlando, Florida. The Cheer team was competing in the Division II Small Coed Division for the first time since 2016. “When we made it down there, our first goal was to make it to finals,” Megan Murphy, the first-year head coach fo...

Dancing through the pain

Miranda Brooks dances during the basketball game Saturday.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 15, 2019

Miranda Brooks was told she would never make it as a dancer. When the senior psychology major told her high school coach she planned to try out for the USI dance team, her coach told her she didn’t think Brooks would ever make it. “I wanted to prove her wrong,” Brooks said. “I wanted to take it to the next step ...

‘Strong team community’

Ashlen Bellin protects herself from a bater during the teams practice Tuesday night. The team practices three days a week for two hours.

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief

September 7, 2016

This year the quidditch team introduced a new president, sophomore Ashlen Bellin. The Shield sat down with her to talk about her start in quidditch and this years team. The Shield: What position do you play on the team? Ashlen Bellin: I’m primarily a chaser, but sometimes a beater if it’s needed. Cha...

Triumph together

Triumph together

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

April 12, 2016

During interviews with members of the dance team, I found myself thinking about how amazing teams are. Teams might be one of the foundational aspects of a sport, but it’s also an extremely complex part of the activity. Teams are complex because you’re dealing with more than wins and losses. You are d...

‘Come together’: Dance team combines multiple styles, heads to nationals

Senior psychology major Audrey Beckerle and junior nursing major Krista Zieg warm up with leaps at the beginning of dance team practice last October in the Physical Activities Center. The team will be competing in the National Dance Alliance College Nationals Thursday in Daytona, Florida.

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

April 5, 2016

Alyssa Smith The dance team struggled with unity at the beginning of the year. “It’s a very young team. We have a lot of new members this year,” Jennifer Guebert said. “They are each individually very talented, but the goal is to get them to all look like one unit.” More than half of t...

Cross country qualifies for nationals

Sarah Loesch

November 11, 2015

Both the men’s and women’s cross country qualified for the NCAA II National Championships. The women’s team finished fifth during the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships with two of their runners finishing in the top 20. Sophomore Emily Roberts and senior Jessica Reeves finished fifth ...

Dance team finds success with national’s routine

Sarah Loesch

April 22, 2015

The dance team came out of nationals this year with the team's highest placement in USI's history. The team placed 5th in its division after executing its preliminary performance strong enough to move straight to finals. The score was high enough after the first performance that the dancers did...

Dance team’s goal is to win nationals

Dance team's goal is to win nationals

Sarah Loesch

March 31, 2015

Nationals are approaching for the dance team and with that comes its annual performance for friends and family in the Physical Activities Center. The team performed its nationals routine Sunday after an alumni luncheon, and before a practice and their end of the year party. The day was full, but the...

Dance Team flys out to nationals

Dance Team flys out to nationals

Chris Procacina

April 11, 2014

The USI dance team is ready to take its show on the road to Dayton, Fla., on April 9 where it will compete in nationals. The revamped routine was unveiled during an exhibition for family and friends Sunday at the Physical Activities Center.  Spectators witnessed certain aspects  of the team's routine...

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