Spirit Program Announces 2011-12 KnightMoves Squad

April 11, 2011

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The 2011-12 KnightMoves Dance Team was selected at the conclusion of a three-day clinic held on the UCF campus this past weekend.

"We had a terrific turnout this year with roughly 50 young women participating in the clinic to vie for one of the 18 coveted spots," said spirit team head coach Linda Gooch. "The reputation of our spirit program as a whole including cheer, dance and mascot has helped us to recruit some extremely talented athletes and I know that our fans will enjoy the entertainment that this group will bring to our football and basketball sidelines."

The prospects were evaluated on individual dance skills and overall athleticism as well as their poise in an interview segment. Eight new team members join the 10 returning members that were selected. This year's team is comprised of seven freshmen, four sophomores, seven juniors and one senior.

The team will begin rehearsals in June to prepare for the upcoming 2011-2012 football and basketball seasons and will travel to compete at the University of Alabama at the end of July.

KnightMoves team members will be on hand along with UCF's cheerleaders and Knightro at the spring game this Saturday, April 16. Team members will be on the east side of the stadium signing posters starting at 1 p.m.

2011-12 KnightMoves
Leanza Altenderfer - Fr. - Kutztown, Pa.
Kristen Anderson - Sr. - Orlando, Fla. (Boone HS)
Meredith Bell - Fr. - Tampa, Fla. (Gaither HS)
Mekensie Bernier - So. - Lake Mary, Fla. (Seminole HS)
Lori Chambers - Fr. - Winter Springs, Fla. (Winter Springs HS)
Kelsey Clark - Jr. - Naples, Fla. (Barron Collier HS)
Janelly Crespo - Jr. - Miami, Fla. (Pace HS)
Natalie Diaz - Jr. - Palm Bay, Fla. (Palm Bay HS)
Kaley Zimmerman - Jr. - Lady Lake, Fla. (Villages HS)
Kaitlin Embrey - So. - Melbourne, Fla. (Melbourne HS)
Gabriela Garcia - Jr. - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (The Benjamin School)
Jordann Pierluissi - Jr. - Deltona, Fla. (Villages HS)
Victoria Quintero - Fr. - Apopka, Fla. (Circle Christian)
Alyssa Scafidi - Jr. - Naples, Fla. (Naples HS)
Brittany Szafran - So. - Lake Mary, Fla. (Seminole HS)
Brittany Vasile - Fr. - Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek HS)
Olivia White - Fr. - Orlando, Fla. (Timber Creek HS)
Kirsten Winship - So. - New Port Richey, Fla. (Gulf HS)