It was finally February and in just a few weeks, we would be heading to UCA High School Nationals in Orlando, Florida to compete for the national title. As the excitement built at practices, so did the idea of the possibility of inclement weather. We had been going back and forth with multiple “what if” plans all week. When our flight was officially cancelled, it really threw us all into a scramble. We contacted 40 girls and their families and told them to be ready for anything. After calling every airline, every airport, and every other form of transportation, we were fortunate enough to find availability in Stout’s transportation. They were super accommodating and prepared to get us to Florida.
The Hunterdon Central JV and Varsity team hosted their annual send-off the night before the trip showcasing GREAT performances. We were ready to board the bus in just a few hours to travel to our destination. With the type of crazy season we had been having, a bus trip to Florida was only fitting. Who knew what was yet to come.
We got off the bus and practiced immediately. After, we had our traditional team dinner and went to bed early for a long weekend of highly competitive competition. Saturday morning, the Varsity team won their preliminary group and advanced straight through to the finals on Sunday. JV also earned their spot in the final round of competition and would be competing later that evening.
With our red on and our devil horns up, we were ready to cheer on JV. After a great routine, the JV team took FIRST PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY! That energy carried over into Sunday morning to pump up our Varsity. After performing an extremely difficult routine, they were crowned NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. This win marked the team’s THIRD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
It was a great outcome for our entire program this year and we could not be anymore proud of our girls. A lot went into preparing for such a prestigious competition and they definitely showed that on the mats.
Thank you again to Stout for safely transporting us through state after state to give us the opportunity to gain and experience and memories that will last a lifetime!