The stunt team ended their regular season with a 10-game winning streak. The team competed against University of California, Davis and St. Mary’s College during a two-day stunt tournament and came out victorious, achieving a 12-4 season record.
Coach Leslie Allen was proud of her team for ending their regular season on such a high note after all of their hard work.
“We were constantly pushing to improve through every game. We have specific goals we wanted to achieve each week,” Allen said.
Defeating these two teams was not the first thing on their minds, according to Allen.
“Our focus was on the details and to be consistent and not on the team on the other mat,” Allen said.
Now, the team will have the chance to compete at the national level at the University of Oklahoma on May 4 and 5. Four teams from each division have been chosen. This will be stunt’s first opportunity to compete with other highly ranked teams.
The competitive attitude of this year’s more experienced team, as well as each girl’s individual confidence, have been significant factors in their success, according to Allen.
Although sophomore Haven Lundy has been injured, she is proud of the progress her team has made. They went from barely winning to making into Nationals within one year.
“The hard work and dedication this team has put in definitely shows when we are on the mat. God is very present in this team and we do it all for his glory,” Lundy said.
Sophomore Karina Ta explained that competing against Division I teams was a surreal experience, given how far they had come in such a short period of time.
“I think because we struggled so much last year, we were really able to step up our game this year and get competitive with teams we thought were so much better than us,” she said.
According to Allen, the support from the university and athletic director have been a game changer for the team this year.