SPORTS BRIEF: TU Athletics Expand

by Abby Fergusson
Sports Editor

Athletics Director Jack Ebel announced this week that Transylvania has added competitive cheerleading and dance as varsity sports, whose seasons aim to start in 2012-2013.

“Spirit” cheer and dance squads will continue, in addition to the new teams that will in the future compete for postseason bids to the national championships.

Tora Carter, the current cheer and dance coach, will head both competitive squads. Carter expects the squads to have between 12 and 20 athletes in time for the 2012-2013 season.

Athletes have the opportunity to be a part of both the spirit and competitive teams. The spirit teams will maintain their presence at the men’s and women’s basketball games, community service events and campus activities.

Carter plans to hold clinics and tryouts late in the 2011-2012 academic year and intends to have a summer camp in August to prepare for the upcoming season.

Both teams will have separate practices twice a week, but the competitive team will have mandatory conditioning as well.

With this announcement, along with the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, the university will offer a total of 22 varsity sports for the 2012-2013 school year.

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