For the first time in school history, the Harrison High School Varsity Cheerleaders advanced to the Semifinals at the UCA National Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida. Over 900+ teams from across the country received a bid to Nationals this year, making the event even more competitive.
“We have an amazingly talented group of girls with spectacular senior leadership,” said HHS head coach Julia Brefere. “In addition, we have a powerful coaching staff with years of experience and championships under their belt. That combination made it all possible.”
Harrison was in Small Varsity DII division this year -arguably the toughest division at Nationals- and performed nearly perfect routines in the preliminaries and in the semi-finals with 0 points in deductions. At Prelims, the team placed 4th, which solidified the Huskies advancement to semi-finals, and they missed advancing to finals by .5 scoring points.
The Huskies can now proudly say they are 18th in the Nation!
Prior to the competition, the Huskies shared gym space with Maria Regina High School at the Top Gun All-Star Gym in Orlando.
“It was such a positive and uplifting experience for the girls. It was nice for the two teams from Westchester to come together as one and cheer each other on. Even though we are not in the same divisions, we all have a common goal of making it to finals,” Brefere said.
Upon returning home from the airport, the Harrison High School Cheerleaders received a police escort back to school, which for the athletes and their coaches was icing on the cake.
“Our next goal is to take on Sectionals and make it to States!”