Norfolk Catholic Cheer Squad Shooting for State Title Repeat

NORFOLK — Impressed? Well, the judges were last year at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance competition. Norfolk Catholic won the state title for the Class C-1 Sideline Routine. And they’re shooting for making it two in a row.

“We’ve been perfecting our routine,” Junior cheerleader Erin Swanson said. “So, making sure that our arms are all straight and that everything is exactly uniform, making sure our toes are pointed on our jumps and our legs are straight. Just making sure everything is perfect.”

Juniors Erin Swanson and Alison Smith have two days to achieve that perfect level before the Knight’s cheer squad heads to Grand Island for this year’s state championships. They’re confident in their sideline routine and their dance routine.

“In the dance and the cheer together there’s like 12 to 11 jumps so it’s very complicated in that aspect but they’re really good,” Smith said. “I think our jumps are our greatest asset.”

Cheer coaches Celice Swanson and Karla Beller are preaching having fun at state and avoiding the nerves.

“Because then you’re just going to tighten up and forget and it’s just not going to be a good time,” Erin Swanson said. “But if you go out there and you have a good time, last year we brought home the state championship and we had fun throughout the whole thing.”

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