Xavier spiritline places in USA Spirit Nationals

March 8, 2022


Kara Ward

Spiritline and coach Monica Gaspar pose in front of the fountain at the Anaheim Convention Center with their 2022 USA National Spirit Champion banner. Xavier won the “All-Girl Stunt,” “Game Day” and “Medium Varsity Show Cheer.”

That same day, spiritline traveled west, where they competed in the 2022 USA Spirit Nationals weekend in Anaheim, California after being qualified in Arizona earlier in the fall. The Gators competed in five divisions against twenty other schools on the varsity level from all over the country. 

Spiritline, not to be confused with Gatorline, is “the competitive team that competes in all dance and cheer divisions, and Gatorline is the non-competitive team,” said head coach Monica Gaspar.

On the first day of nationals, Xavier competed in the 5-man stunt group, or the “All-Girl Stunt,” where five of the best girls from each team do as many difficult skills as they can in one minute. 

The next day the girls had “Game Day,” which allows teams to encourage crowd participation and to showcase their crowd-leading skills. The “Medium Varsity Show Cheer” competition was also taking place that day. Show cheer is when a team displays skills such as stunts, tosses and pyramids with music. 

After “Game Day,” awards were distributed. Those who were doing “Medium Varsity Show Cheer” were competing, so to keep track of what was going on team members face-timed their teammates at awards to let them know that they had won “Game Day.” 

“Knowing that we had the potential of winning another one was exciting, so everyone went all out to make it three for three,” said varsity spiritline member Joslyn Jenkins ‘24.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, spiritline was not able to see their competitors’ performances, “so we had no idea how well we did, so it was shocking and exciting,” said Gaspar.

Ultimately, spiritline came home “All-Girl Stunt” national champions, “Game Day” national champions and “Medium Varsity Show Cheer” champions. 

On March 12, spiritline will compete in the Arizona State Championship.

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