Cheer Eruption finishes season with two top-ranked teams
Cheer Eruption All-Stars have had plenty of success over the years, but this year they took it to new heights.
The Winchester-based cheerleading organization had two teams win in the U.S. Finals on May 7 and 8 in Providence, Rhode Island. They have now had six different championship teams, including five in the last five years.
The U.S. Finals are held in five different regions, and each champion then enters the Champions Challenge on May 18. Each team in the Champions Challenge sends a video from the U.S. Finals to judges who declare an overall champion.
Cheer Eruption’s Youth Prep Level 2 team, known as ‘Glamour,’ won first place, and the Senior Prep Level 1 team, known as ‘Allure,’ placed second overall.
“We are so excited that these girls did fantastic this year,” Cheer Eruption coach Anne Gorman said. “We’re super proud of them.”
Throughout the competitive season, teams can enter U.S. Finals qualifying tournaments to qualify for the U.S. Finals. Gorman said she took her teams to states such as Maryland and Tennessee to qualify.
Gorman said that she had six different teams qualify for the U.S. Finals. Two of the teams received a paid bid, she said.
Only five of the six teams went to the U.S. Finals. Gorman said that they elected not to send their youngest team, which consisted of 3- and 4-year olds, due to how young they are.
The Youth Prep Level 2 team is for ages 11 and younger, while the Senior Prep Level 1 team is for ages 10-17.
Gorman said her Senior Prep Level 1 team had only one 17 year old and the rest were 10-15 years old.
“Finishing at the top of the senior level category with the majority of kids that are truly junior age is even more impressive,” Gorman said. “I think that team and that group of girls are going to be strong for quite a while. We anticipate they’ll be traveling up the ranks for quite a while together.”
She currently has 85 kids in her program and said some areas they compete against have as many as 800.
“My daughter figured it up, and we had 31 percent of our kids are walking around being ranked in the country,” Gorman said. “That’s pretty exciting.”
Both teams received championship jackets, banners and trophies for placing first in the U.S. Finals, and Gorman said that the Youth Prep Level 1 team will also receive a banner for being ranked No. 1 in the country.
The new season starts this week, and she said coaches will begin evaluations to select the new teams. They will evaluate kids through October, but Gorman said some of the spots on the team will close if they reach the max number of kids they can have on that team.
They also have a gymnastics program at the Cheer Eruption gym and are building that program up as well.
Gorman, who has been the cheerleading coach at both Strasburg and Clarke County high schools, said this will be the 14th season for the cheer program. She has kids come from all over, including Hampshire County, West Virginia, and Harrisonburg.
“I really enjoy it. This is what I love to do,” Gorman said. “… It’s been great.
Some of the families have been with us the whole 14 years.”
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