Alma, Mich. - A program-record 13 student-athletes from Alma College have been named to the 2016 STUNT All-American Team, it was announced recently by the College STUNT Association.
The Scots finished third at the College STUNT National Championships for the second straight year in 2016 and have qualified for the championship event in each of the last three seasons.
"I'm thrilled to have 13 athletes recognized by USA Cheer as top athletes in the sport," said Head Coach Michelle Sabourin. "This was deepest team of talent that we've ever had, and each of these girls played a vital part in our team's success this season."
Three Scots - sophomore Dom Burke (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East), senior Lindsay Ford (Woodhaven, Mich./Woodhaven) and junior Brianne Schafer (Westphalia, Mich./Pewamo-Westphalia) received first-team recognition. Burke earned the honor for the second straight season, while Schafer was named to the First Team for the third consecutive year after sporting the highest power ranking of any Alma student-athlete. Ford received Second Team recognition last season.
A student-athlete receives a power ranking during the season by earning points for participating in a routine that earns points for their team. Individuals earn points that are scaled based on the degree of difficulty of the routine.
Senior Sammy Campbell (Charlotte, Mich./Charlotte) was named to the Second Team for the second straight season, while freshman Jillian Jegla (Westphalia, Mich./Pewamo-Westphalia) and sophomore Erica Kuiper (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa) earned the honor for the first time in their career. Junior Baily Sopjes (Dorr, Mich./Wayland), a First-Team selection a year ago, was also named to the Second Team.
In addition, six Scots - sophomore Liz Ettinger (Oxford, Mich./Oxford), sophomore Michelle Howlett (Hastings, Mich./Hastings), freshman Laura Kastler (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child), freshman Brehanna Ramos (Bay City, Mich./Bay City Central), sophomore Opal Tafe (Howard City, Mich./Tri County) and junior Jordan Wilson (Garden City, Mich./Garden City) - received honorable mention accolades.
To be considered for All-America status, student-athletes must compete in at least 50 percent of their team's routines and games, and be in good academic standing. A committee of select coaches and officials select the All-America team from nominations received from coaching staffs.
STUNT is the fastest growing female sport in the country, according to USA Cheer. The sport takes the athletic skills of cheerleading - partner stunts, jumps, tumbling and pyramids - and creates a full, hour-long format that challenges teams in head-to-head competition.