In anticipation of a bigger crowd and more excited fans than usual, the cheerleading team is preparing a new routine to bring the energy at Saturday’s football game — the 151st meeting of the Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry.
“Our biggest goal is to get the stadium as loud as we can and get a real response from fans,” said Emilee Strange, ’17, co-captain of the cheerleading team.
Strange explained that the team has been practicing new stunts and trying new things to prepare for this extra-exciting game. While learning the motions is definitely essential, she said the most important part is to have the energy.
In addition, the cheerleading team partners with the Marching 97 to ensure that their dance routines correlate with the band’s songs. During tailgates and throughout the game itself, the cheerleaders work alongside the 97 to accomplish the joint goal of getting the crowd excited.
“We need to get the game roaring and be louder than Lafayette, obviously,” said Jenny Fichter, ’16, co-captain of the cheerleading team. “It’s important to stand by the players for the entire game.”