The Harford Tech Cobras varsity cheerleaders were crowned state champions Wednesday night, out-performing 12 other squads at the Maryland State High School Cheerleading Championships, contested at Westminster High School in Carroll County.
The Cobras first state cheer title, and just the third for any Tech athletic team, comes a year after the Cobras placed third in both the winter and fall championships.
The Cobras scored 137.1 on their flawless routine to outpoint runner-up Eastern Tech's score of 134.9. Chesapeake-Anne Arundel was third (130.8), Hereford fourth (125.5) and Westminster fifth (121.7). Neither Tech nor Eastern tech had a deduction during their routines.
"It's a huge accomplishment, so proud to be a part of it," Tech coach Cyndi Roman said. Roman, who coached previously in the Edgewood/Joppatwone Steelers rec program, is in her third year with Tech.
Over that span, Tech has won two county titles, two region titles and now a state title.
"I have six seniors that have been with me since the beginning," Roman said. "These girls drive the spirit. There is no drama on my team, these are truly the nicest girls, they work so hard, I could not be prouder."
The seniors are Janelle Price, Hannah Storch, Sam Laubach, Brooke Wenrich, Caitlyn Mills and Shelby Abbey. Wenrich, Mills and Abbey also serve as team captains.
Twenty girls competed for Tech, which has a roster of 24. Roman says squads can cheer with up to 25 members, but she chose to send 20 onto the mats.
The other members of the state championship squad from Tech are Eryn Campbell, Alexis Chavis, Shannon Conlon, Kimberlee Cook, Bridget Devoy, Kelsey Fulco, Jen Garrison, Marisa Giro, Kyra Goodwin, Alessandra Hayes, Ashley Huster, Lexi Magee, Katie Schultz, Mikailla Spencer, Lia Testerman, Kirsten Uppercue, Ally Venuto and Cydney Walton.
Roman also noted the support given by the Tech community. "We had the most fans at Westminster of all the schools," Roman said, also noting the handful of Tech administrators who were there. "Everybody at Tech has been so supportive."
Cheer squads from Bel Air and C. Milton Wright also competed in Wednesday's state competition.