November 20, 2007

Owens Express 2007-08 Cheerleading Squad Looks to Continue Program’s Cheerleading Excellence

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents will once again be entertained by outstanding halftime dance routines as Owens Community College’s Competitive Cheerleading team performs at home men’s basketball games during the 2007-08 season.

Already this year, the Express program is building upon its success in competition on a state level by recently finishing in first place at AmeriCheer’s annual Ohio Championships in Columbus. The first place finish is the program’s second consecutive state title.

In 2006, the Express were recognized nationally by being named the American Championships Coed College National Champions and earned an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance to the music of the legendary Rolling Stones as part of the Super Bowl XL halftime show.

“We have a very talented and spirited squad to cheer on the Owens Express basketball team this year,” said Tracy Rollins, Owens Competitive Cheerleading Head Coach. “This year’s team is really putting forth the time and effort that it takes to achieve success at a very high level. I expect the team to have a very successful season and continue Owens’ tradition of cheerleading excellence.”

Since 2001, the Owens Competitive Cheerleading program has earned regional and national acclaim for cheerleading, garnering several awards. Such honors include first place finishes at JamFest – Collegiate Open Cheer and the Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships. In addition, Owens’ squad was second at the Cheerleaders of America Open Championship, the Cheerleaders of America Midwest Open and the Ohio Winter Nationals.

The Owens Competitive Cheerleading program is led by seventh-year Head Coach Tracy Rollins. A Perrysburg resident, she previously served as a cheerleading coach for nine years at Lake Junior, Bowling Green and Eastwood high schools, and currently works with CheerStarz Extreme All-Star squad. Coach Rollins also worked with the National Cheerleading Association organizing various cheer clinics throughout Northwest Ohio. Her squads are known for their creativity and have won various awards in all competitions.

Returning student-athletes to the Owens Express program include Stephanie Welling of Rossford (Rossford H.S.), Danielle Grady of Oregon (Clay H.S.), Stephanie Mason of Toledo (Central Catholic H.S.) and Elizabeth Kaczmarek of Grand Rapids (Anthony Wayne H.S.).

First-year performers are Ellen Smolenski of Toledo (Start H.S.), Brandi Wuellner of Toledo (Bowsher H.S.), Stacie Majewski of Rossford (Rossford H.S.), Jessica Leonhard of Toledo (Toledo Christian Schools), Ainsley Kretz of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.), Sonja Moog of Montpelier (Montpelier H.S.), Ashley Duhamel of Perrysburg (Perrysburg H.S.), Susan Friess of Perrysburg (Rossford H.S.), Abbie Kowalinski of Sylvania (Northview H.S.), Becky Bailiff of Holland (Springfield H.S.), Brandi Giles of Toledo (Waite H.S.), Tera Carroll of Toledo (Waite H.S.), Andrea Zaciewski of Genoa (Genoa H.S.), Kellie Fragoso of Genoa (Genoa H.S.) and Jon Davis of Toledo (Waite H.S.).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.