In only their fifth appearance at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship, Fossil Ridge High School made history as they and claimed their school’s first-ever national championship title in Large Varsity Division l.
Fossil Ridge went to Orlando with a goal of simply advancing to Finals for the first time with their traditional routine, but the team crushed through that goal and the big win marked the state of Colorado’s first-ever UCA National Championship title.
[WATCH] Fossil Ridge High School 2019 Finals
To make the championship weekend even better, Fossil Ridge Junior Varsity placed in the top 10 in Finals on their first trip to nationals.
The Sabercats graduated 12 seniors from their Large Varsity team, and they only have eight national champions returning to the mat this season. The Colorado team decided to make a move into the Medium Varsity division for the 2019-20 season.
“We have always struggled with tumbling consistency and I wanted to be strict on that this year because I do have the depth to do it,” said coach Nikki Rodriguez. “But I didn’t want to sacrifice stunt difficulty.”
“Medium Varsity, in my opinion, is the toughest division at nationals, but the athletes are SO ready and hungry for more. They finally feel worthy to compete alongside these teams they’ve idolized for years.”
Rodriguez is going into her eighth season as the head coach at Fossil Ridge High School, where she was actually the first-ever cheer captain on the team when the school opened back in 2004.
Rodriguez is joined by three other assistant coaches who all cheered at Fossil Ridge and have been coached by Rodriguez.
“I truly believe our coaching culture is a huge reason why our athletes grew to love cheerleading and to want to win over the past four years,” Rodriguez said. “The athletes see how we respect each other, push each other, and are so accountable to each other and follow by example. Winning nationals with four women I had the pleasure of coaching by my side as coaches was by far the most amazing experience in the world.”
The Sabercats are set to start their season this weekend in Denver, Colorado, at the 2019 UCA & UDA Mile High National Championship.
So what can you expect from the team this weekend? Lots of confidence and impressive stunt difficulty! The defending national champions have shared a few sneak peeks of their routine and we can’t wait to see the full performance live this Saturday on Varsity TV!
Fossil Ridge High School Performance Times
- Medium Varsity Hip Hop 12:44 PM
- Medium Varsity Jazz 2:29 PM
- Small Junior Varsity 4:40 PM
- Game Day Varsity 7:46 PM
- Medium Varsity 9:24 PM
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