On Saturday, November 23, Blythewood Varsity Cheer competed in the state competition at Colonial Life Arena. The Bengals placed ninth place in the 5A division, with a score of 295 out of 390.
This was Blythewood’s fifth year qualifying for the State Championship, and they scored the highest they have ever scored at the State Competition within the last five years. The Bengal’s goal was to place in the top five this year but unfortunately fell short by 25 points.
All stunts hit for the Bengals with only a few tumbling mishaps to throw them off. Two people touched down in their running tumbling and one person did not throw their tumbling. Otherwise, Blythewood was full of energy and looked incredibly confident on the mat.
Head Coach Kelly Edrington was very proud of her girls’ performance. She stated, “we had a few things go wrong that typically don’t happen, but all things considered, I’m proud of this incredible team and extremely proud to say we’re one of the top ten teams in the state!”
Seventeen teams qualified for the 5A division including Chapin, Lexington, River Bluff, St. James, Dutch Fork, Dorman, Boiling Springs, Fort Mill, Blythewood, White Knoll, T L Hanna, Rock Hill, Spring Valley, Easley, Riverside, Fort Dorchester, and Wando. Final placements were in that order.
Chapin won the state title for the 5A division with a score of 369. They hit their routine perfectly with wonderful energy making this their fifteenth state title, four within the last four years. Lexington was named the runner up after they also hit their routine beautifully but with a score of 365.
Junior Alyssa Fischer believed that while both teams looked amazing, she disagreed with the scoring. “I think Chapin and Lexington were both very good, but I believe Lexington put in so much work throughout the year and were undefeated prior to state and they hit a very clean routine. Personally, I think Lexington deserved to win,” she shared.
Blythewood Cheer had an amazing season with an incredible team dynamic. Freshman Ryan Shull said, “I absolutely love this team and the bond we all shared. Everyone was close and we were all like a bunch of sisters. Having such a close team where everyone got along definitely helped to improve the way we did this year, making it one of the better seasons we’ve ever had.”
Some achievements for the Bengals this season included one first-place finish, two second-place finishes, and the title of region champions. Congratulations to Blythewood Varsity Cheer on an amazing season. Tryouts for next season will be held in April, and it is highly recommended to start preparing now if you are interested in being a part of this talented program.