Marriotts Ridge cheerleading won its fourth straight county title dating back to Fall 2018 with a score of 123.6 points at the Howard County winter cheerleading championships at Oakland Mills High on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
“I think the team formed a stronger bond because they’ve been together now for more than six months," Shin said. "They’re more like sisters than teammates, which helped the team dynamic.”
While the Mustangs had won 10 straight competitions heading into states, Shin knew defeating Kent Island and Eastern Tech, which finished third with a score of 117.95, would be difficult. In response to the tough competition, Shin decided to increase the difficulty of the Mustangs’ fall routine, which won them the county, regional and state competitions.
“They’re a really strong team," Shin said of Kent Island. “We made the routine harder. The basic routine was the same, but we wanted to get the difficulty score up in the rubric. We did a lot of reps of each stunt in practice.”
Shin doesn’t know what exactly what led to this season being the breakout year for her team. If she had to guess, she said it’s due to the team’s “hunger" to be successful.
“We’ve never been this successful before, but for the fall and winter, we’ve had 11 consecutive wins. That is crazy. The girls were always hungry. The only thing we were focused on was doing better than last time.”
The members of the Mustangs’ state championship winning team are: Ademilola Adeyemo, Andie Batten, Elizabeth Choi, Emma Clarke, Caroline Goering, Melissa Kressen, Kara Lee, Madison Matlock, Kaitlyn McDonald, Alexandra Mulroe, Alexa Pastras, Brooke Rosewag, Camryn Sanschagrin, Molly Stump, Kristen Trainer, Victoria Vandenberge, Rowan Vessey.