Wednesday night was history in the making for the Harford Technical High School varsity cheerleaders when they became the school's first girls team to ever win a state championship title.
“We won the north region competition on Saturday which enabled us to go to the state championship last night,” Harford Tech Principal Charles Hagan said Thursday. “We won last night.”
Hagan said cheerleading is different from other sports where you may have certain divisions, and then wind up with four different champions. Rather, in cheerleading, everyone—all 13 teams—compete against everyone.
“It’s the first girls team state championship in the history of Harford Tech,” Hagan said.
The coach and team captains were still reeling from their victory Thursday afternoon.
“Words can’t even describe how it feels, it was like surreal. It was a very proud moment," said Cyndi Roman, the team's coach.
Hagan said that by his estimation Harford Tech had the largest showing of fans at the state competition with more than 200 people supporting the Cobras.
"Having our fans at the competition really made us do that much better at the competition," said Caitlyn Mills, age 17 and a team captain.
Caitlyn, Brooke Wenrich and Shelby Abbey, all 17-year-old team captains from the Edgewood and Abingdon areas, said the experience was a great end to a high school cheerleading career.
"We just have to say, this is a really unforgettable year, and it’s our senior year so it’s very emotional for us, so we’re really excited to go out with this big bang," Brooke said.
Hagan said the girls' win—with their highest score for the season with more than 137 points—was even more impressive because they were the first to compete.
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