Featured Athlete: Isabel Szymanski

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Olivia Lauter

Junior Isabel Szymanski cheers on both the high school varsity team and on Lady Reign at Spirit of Texas. Szymanski has been cheering for seven years.

Pre-game: 

Favorite hype song: “Don’t stop me now” by Queen 

Athlete you look up to: I look up to the really good tumblers on my own team and other teams.

Years of experience: 7 years 

Post-game:

The Red Ledger: Why did you start cheering and when?

Isabel Szymanski: I started with sideline cheer for Allen Sports Association (ASA) when I was five and I’ve been tumbling since before then. I didn’t start competitive cheer until I was 10, and I started because my best friend did it.

Junior Isabel Szymanski throws a tuck at the Rock Hill game. Szymanski cheered at Wylie Elite prior to Spirit of Texas. (Olivia Lauter)

TRL: What team do you cheer for?

IS: Lady Reign at Spirit of Texas.

TRL: How would you compare school cheer and competitive cheer?

IS: School cheer is more about getting the crowds involved as you cheer. Competitive cheer requires a more complex skill set when doing difficult tumbling and higher level stunting.

TRL: What are your proudest accomplishments in cheer?

IS: I have won the National Cheer Association Competition (NCA) four times. 

TRL: Describe a day in your life.

IS: I wake up, go to school, get home for like 10 minutes, leave for practice, practice for three hours, get home at 10 p.m., eat dinner, do homework.

TRL: What is your favorite thing about cheer?

IS: My favorite thing about cheer is competition season and the adrenaline rush I get before competing.

TRL: Who inspires you and why?

IS: My coaches inspire me because they’re always pushing me to do better.

TRL: Who are your biggest supporters?

IS: My mom, my dad, and my coaches are my biggest supporters

TRL: What’s your favorite cheer memory?

IS: My year when I was on a level 3 team we won pretty much every competition

TRL: Why do you cheer?

IS: I cheer because I think it’s a lot of fun, even though it’s a lot of time and effort I really enjoy spending time with my team and learning new skills and having fun at practices