BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE —In a span of two weeks, the Davis Darts cheerleading squad went from being state champions to being crowned the national cheer leading champions.
After competing in the USA Cheer Nationals competition, held last weekend in California, the Darts took home a second championship in consecutive weeks after winning the Super Varsity All Girl advance division.
Brooke Painter, head coach for the squad, said the girls represented Davis High very well, working hard in order to complete their goals.
“The girls have worked hard this year to build this program and represent their school well,” she said. “On top of cheering for the games, they also do a lot of community service. They’re awesome girls and I’m very proud of their accomplishment.”
The division the Darts competed in consisted of teams that have anywhere from 21 to 36 girls, and the category, said Painter, is the highest in terms of difficulty.
During Saturday’s preliminary round, Davis finished third by less than one point and moved on to the finals competition on Sunday.
Their final routine on Sunday was nearly flawless, said Painter. The team completed its routine without any penalties and finished in first place by 3.2 points.
The majority of the points С 70 percent С comes from the finals competition.
Cameron Larsen, another choreographer, gave the Darts the confidence they needed to triumph in nationals.
“We are very grateful for his help,” she said. “When he heard that they made to the finals Saturday night, he and three of his friends drove to Anaheim to watch the girls compete.”
Larsen is a BYU cheerleader.
After the competition was over, the team celebrated by jumping into the hotel’s pool, cheerleader outfit and all.
“It was a ton of fun and a good payoff for all their effort,” said Painter. “I’m very happy for them.”
Painter was quick to thank the many supporters from Davis High School that helped make the run to the national title. Rich Firmage, the school’s vice principal, was “instrumental in getting the girls schedules arranged, getting practice time in for the team and supporting the team wonderfully,” said Painter.
“(The girls) knew it was going to be the last time they were going to be able to cheer together,” she said, “so they just went out there and had fun and gave it their all. It paid off big time.”