Cougarettes capture Silver at ICU World Cheerleading Championships
ORLANDO, Florida — Representing the United States, the BYU Cougarettes captured a Silver Medal in the hip hop division at the 2019 International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships, held April 24-26, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resorts.
The Cougarettes were selected by USA Cheer from hundreds of teams around the country to represent the United States in the team hip hop division. After two days of competition, BYU finished second to Japan which took home the Gold Medal. The Philippines finished third to capture the Bronze Medal. Other countries competing in the hip hop division included Mexico, Italy, Ecuador, Germany, England, Chile, Russia, Scotland, Austria and Guatemala.
“It was such an honor and an incredible opportunity to represent the United States and compete against teams from around the world,” said BYU Cougarettes head coach Jodi Maxfield. “The hip hop division was very competitive and we were so proud to bring home the Silver Medal. Being on stage representing the USA is something we’ll never forget.”
Maxfield has been the head coach of the BYU Cougarettes since 1990, and her teams have won 19 NDA National titles, six of them in the hip hop category.
In addition to hip hop, the 2019 ICU World Cheerleading Championships features a variety of team competitions in areas such as freestyle pom, jazz, coed cheer and all girl cheer.
USA Cheer exists to serve the cheer community, including club cheering, traditional school-based cheer programs and the sport of STUNT. USA Cheer has three primary objectives: to help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer, promote safety and safety education and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.