The New Canaan cheerleading team provided a powerful performance at the FCIAC Championships by taking fifth place in the all-girl varsity team division, a first, second and 23rd in the individual competitions, the "Team Spirit" trophy and "Coach of the Year" award for Margaret DiMauro at Wilton High School on Sunday. MSG Varsity TV was there to capture the excitement of the day. The Rams finished fifth in a field of 14 all-girl varsity teams.

"Our traditional style of leading the crowd by using our school name, flags and signs is absolutely one of our strengths and when blended with our focus of executing clean stunts, difficult tumbling, and sharp choreography, we have become a very successful team in both the FCIAC and the state," DiMauro said.

The top five teams included Fairfield Warde (166.5), Greenwich (157), Fairfield Ludlowe (155), St Joes (144.5) and New Canaan (130.5).

Emily Lamdin won the individual competition, senior captain Melanie Ng came in second and Nicole Giusti was locked in a three-way tie for 23rd place. All three were named to the All FCIAC Cheer Team. This is Ng's fourth year as a Top-5 All FCIAC cheerleader.

"All three girls have tremendous difficulty built into their routines and their ability to execute on the mat when it matters has brought our team tremendous success," DiMauro said.

The judges noted New Canaan's significant progress under the direction of DiMauro and named her as "Coach of the Year."

This year's NCHS team includes seniors Checketts, Ng, Tiffany Blue, juniors Giusti, Lambdin, Holly Barra, Caitlyn Dwyer, sophmores Bess Howard, Jessica Laird, Sara Levine, Emily Luciano, Ali Tubridy, freshmen Elena Kyriakos, Katie O'Sullivan and Lauren Serena.

MSG Varsity will televise the event on March 6 at 6 p.m. on channels 14 and 614. The Rams will compete on March 5 at the at Danbury High School and finish the season the weekend of March 12 with the CIAC State Cheerleading Championships at the New Haven Field House. The team will compete in the Class L all-girl division.

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