Ohio State Cheer and Dance Team Newsletter Winter 2017

Welcome!

We are excited to share this newsletter with you to keep you up to date on what is happening with all 3 programs that comprise the Spirit Program at OSU.

Dance Senior Spotlight

Kelsey Krenwinkel

Hometown – Cincinnati, OH

Major – Middle Childhood Education

Year on team – 4th year

Favorite OSU Dance Team memory to date – Hands down standing backstage with my teammates this year before going out onto the floor for finals. It was amazing to feel the love and confidence from my teammates and the anticipation of getting to perform something great.

Favorite skill – Leg hold turn

Favorite food – Soft pretzel

Favorite class at OSU – Math for middle school teachers

Favorite game to date – Football v. Michigan this year

Plans after graduation (if you have any at this time) – I am getting married in May and then I will be moving to Memphis, TN to get my masters in Urban Education and my teaching license in Secondary Mathematics (grades 7-12) through the Memphis Teacher Residency.

Dance News

The Dance Team had a very successful trip to the UDA Collegiate National Championship in Orlando, FL. The team placed second in both Jazz and Pom for D1A which was the highest finish in the program’s history! The team was extremely proud of this accomplishment and is a fantastic step towards a National Championship. The routines will be featured on the ESPN Broadcast of the National Championship in the coming months.

There were 15 alumni and over 60 family members and friends that made the trip to Orlando to support the team. They were thrilled to have such a strong network of fans. They made their presence known by cheering loud and proud and even started “Stadium Ohio” before the team took the floor.

In February, the team is incredibly proud to host our 6th Annual Dance Team Alumni Event with over 50 alumni in attendance. There will be a reception and performance at the February 18th Men’s Basketball Game vs. Nebraska. In addition, the 10th Annual Ohio State Dance Team Workshop & Competition in Toledo, Ohio is happening on February 25th and expect over 150 attendees. Aside from these major events, the team will continue to focus on supporting our athletic teams and prep for upcoming tournament travel.

A big thank you to everyone who came to the Nationals Sendoff or sent positive messages. It makes all the difference and the coaching staff and team are so thankful for the support.

Go Bucks!

Mascot Senior Spotlight

Brandon Claflin

Hometown – Fort Walton Beach, FL

Major – Photography

Year on team – 2nd

Favorite Mascot memory to date – Nationwide Children's Hospital visit.

Favorite skill – Making people laugh

Favorite food – CHIPOTLE

Favorite class at OSU – Studio Lighting

Favorite game to date – *ichigan 2016

Plans after graduation – Work on portfolio/internships and then get work in a studio creating advertisements

Mascot News

Winter greetings one and all. Since our last Brutus update, the year continued to get better and better for Brutus and company. Our teams activities focused on fulfilling the programs vision of:

  1. Making Brutus a visible prominent figure.
  2. Engaging people and his surroundings in a creative and entertaining way.
  3. Leading all communities he interacts in with professionalism and servitude.

We were able to do that with multiple performances & skits throughout the football season which you can catch by viewing the links below.

As awesome as these opportunities were, I would say our biggest highlight came when we had the privilege to team up with our extremely talented spirit program counterparts in the Ohio State Dance team. We were able to join them in there first ever dance during a football game and it was a memorable one to say the least. The dance was a hit and ended up going viral with over 1 million views between various online sources.

To see the full dance:

The fun didn't stop there as the team had a very busy end of the season. With the success of football during the regular season, Brutus had the opportunity to fly out and perform with TBDBITL and our awesome cheer program in Glendale during the CFP semifinal. Although we didn’t get the result we wanted, the student athlete's who attended had a blast and were grateful for the opportunity. To cap it all off, at our National Mascot competition in Orlando, Florida Brutus delivered an amazing skit performance giving him a 3rd place finish and solidifying him as one of the 3 most elite mascot's in the country.

To check out the performance:

The best part about all of this is that this group has been able to excel academically while delivering for the program on the athletic end of things. As a team the notched a cumulative 3.2 GPA which puts them well above the NCAA mandated 2.0 standard as well as the Scholar Athlete standard of 3.0. All in all, this group continues to amaze, and as the winter winds down you can catch Brutus at athletic events, and in the community. We look forward to the continued program success as these students march on towards graduation.

Cheer Senior Spotlight

Brandon Posk

Hometown – Twinsburg, Ohio

Major – Hospitality Management

Minor – Business

Year on team – Third

Favorite OSU Cheer memory to date – (event/ nationals/ camp/ ect) - My favorite memory comes from my first year on the team. I was selected to travel with the Women's Basketball team in their post season tournaments. We spent an entire week in Chapel Hill, NC. Every day was a new adventure for us, we would walk into town and explore, walk through their campus, and one day even went to the beach. My birthday fell during this week and I got to spend it doing what I love with my best friends who I became very close to my two current roommates and teammates Austin and Justin.

Favorite skill – Tumbling - Standing full Stunting - Back handspring up

Favorite food – Ice cream

Favorite class at OSU – Event Planning and Management

Favorite game to date – OSU vs. TTUN (11/26/16) This was my final game in Ohio Stadium with my best friend Natalie as my partner. It was the biggest game of the year, winning in double overtime and rushing the field was the most exciting moment ever in The Shoe.

Plans after graduation (if you have any at this time) - I plan to work in the hospitality industry in Columbus after graduation.

Cheer News

Greetings alumni and friends of the program! Our winter has been busy with National’s team practices, a trip back to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl and then competing at the 2017 UCA College National Championships! Once finals ended we went straight into nationals practices with a very young team! (15 of the 16 team members were underclassman) It was quite a learning experience for many team members as we strived to increase our difficulty from the past two seasons. An exciting element of our routine was being able to compete hand in hand pop throughs for the first time in program history and taking advantage of some of the new rules by implementing toe pitch rewinds and front flips into both of our pyramid sections.

The Fiesta Bowl was a fun trip even though the outcome of the game was not ideal. We were able to attend several OSU events and practice our national’s routine at Desert Storm Elite All-Star Gym. We once again had great hosts with Brian and his family who went above and beyond to make our trip as smooth as possible! A highlight of the trip for the team was being able to climb camelback mountain and enjoy the natural beauty and scenery that Arizona has to offer.

Once back on campus we entered the final push for nationals and were pleased to get 3 hits of our routine prior to heading to Orlando. While down in Florida we had a camera crew follow us during our entire trip and a documentary will be published in the near future showing some of the behind the scenes from our trip. (Information will be posted on social media when this is finalized.) Although we did not execute our routine at the highest level in finals, the team performed stronger than they did in semi-finals and it was a huge learning opportunity to prepare even stronger for 2018 and beyond. We placed 8th out of 24 teams and look to come back even stronger next year. Recently we just held the 27th annual OSU Cheer and Dance Team Competition with over 117 teams in attendance! The team worked hard throughout the day and performed well at the end of the day (Video can be found on our social media accounts.) We will soon be entering our “Down” season as you all know there is no true “Off” season for our team. We look to finish the basketball season strong and start transitioning from less practices to more open gyms to being preparing for the future! I look forward to introducing you to the 2017-2018 team when we publish our spring newsletter! Go Bucks!

- Ben Schreiber

COACHES

Head Cheerleading / Spirit Squads Coach

Ben Schreiber

3rd year Head Coach, 2014 UCA Div 1 National Champion Coach (University of Delaware), 2010 World Champion on USA National Coed Team at ICU World Championships
Head Dance Coach

Melissa McGhee

6th year Head Coach – OSU Dance Team, 2014 UCA Div 1A 2nd place Pom Division (Coach), 2007–2011 member of OSU Dance Team
Head Mascot Coach / Assistant Event Coordinator

Ray Sharp

4th year Head Coach, 2015 UCA Mascot National Champion Coach, 2010–2013 member of OSU Mascot Team
Assistant Cheerleading Coach / Event Coordinator

Siobhan St. John

3rd year Assistant Coach, Former Captain and Dancer for Brooklyn/ New Jersey Nets (NBA), Former Coach for New Rochelle High School – New Rochelle, New York
Assistant Dance Coach

Pat Carmichael

8th year Assistant Coach, 1997-2001 member of OSU Cheer Team, Member of 2001 UCA Large Coed team that Placed 2nd in Nation

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