The Coral Springs High School cheerleading squad placed 16th out of 26 teams over the weekend in the medium varsity non-tumbling division in the national competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

“We didn’t do as well as we hoped,” said Colts cheerleading coach Amanda Mortimer. “It was a very competitive division to be in. They worked all season long for this opportunity at nationals and like many things in life, it does not go as planned, but we are so proud of them and the fight they gave.”

Mortimer said the Colts, who won the Region 4A competition and finished third at state, said the biggest difference between those events was the vast amount of talented teams.

“We made a few upgrades to our routine to keep up with the skill level of the teams we were competing against,” Mortimer said. “None of the girls on the team have ever competed at Nationals before, so it was a little nerve-racking for them, but we had many seasoned seniors on our team, and they handled the pressure surprisingly well.”