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Rocky Point cheerleaders win 2nd straight national title
The Rocky Point High School varsity cheerleading team captured its second consecutive national title this past weekend in Orlando, Fla.
The team finished first in the Medium Varsity Division II of the National High School Cheerleading Championship. The squad’s win follows its eighth straight Empire Regional Championship title in December. That qualified it for the national competition.
On Feb. 5, it placed first at the Long Island Championship.
The squad has 23 members, including six from last year’s championship team.
On Saturday, the team received the highest score in the first round of the competition, allowing it to bypass the semifinals. The team’s win came after performing in the finals on Sunday.
“It was phenomenal,” said Rocky Point athletics director Amy Agnesini, who is still in Orlando with the team and was reached by phone.
Agnesini credited the win to the team members, coach Anna Spallina and a vast group of supportive families.
She added that the team performs college-level stunts that are largely done by co-ed squads.
Agnesini said she doesn’t remember actually hearing the team’s name called as the winner because the team erupted into cheers when the second-place team was announced, signaling that Rocky Point had taken the title.
“There were hugs, screams, cries, tears all of the place,” she said. “They were tears of happiness for sure.
“There was so much texting going, too.”
Pictured: The Rocky Point High School varsity cheerleading team.