The Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner Cheerleading program made it to the Youth Cheer & Dance Alliance (YCADA) Globals cheering competition in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday. Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner Cheerleading 18U were crowned global champions, and Everett Crimson Tide 16U and 12U placed second. The 18U team placed first, receiving rings, medals and a banner. Cheerleaders attributed their success to their late coach, Kristin Fulton, who died last April following birth complications.
“It was amazing,” Everett Crimson Tide 18U cheerleader Sophia Clarke said Tuesday. “We worked so hard and wanted to do well for our former coach Kristin Fulton, who always inspired us.”
Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner Cheerleading 18U Head Coach Nicole Buonopane said they achieved their goal by hitting all of their partner stunts and tumbling sequences. “This is a team of cheerleaders who hadn’t competed or cheered together in years,” Buonopane said. “They decided to go to Globals and pushed themselves to go a higher level.”
Buonopane added that they did a really amazing job and should be proud of themselves – practicing a few times weekly for six weeks.
The 16U and 12U teams placed second at Globals, receiving medals and a banner. They placed first at Pop Warner Nationals this season, increasing the routine difficulty.
“We were very excited to compete at Globals, and it was the perfect way to end our season,” Buonopane said. “We performed a really great routine and hit all our partner stunts and pyramid.”
Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner 16U Cheerleader Gianna DiPaolo said one is never without friends in cheer. Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner 16U Cheerleader Sarah Tiberii said it meant so much to take second place at Nationals and Globals this year. “For many of us, it was our last year with Pop Warner, and we were really proud to dedicate our season to Kristin Fulton and use parts of her old routines,” Tiberii said. “It felt great to win for her.”