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Ganong-Robinson Resigns As Spirit Squad Director At UM


April 26, 2004

Cheri Ganong-Robinson, who for the past 29 years has been a part of the University of Memphis spirit squads, has resigned her position effective immediately.

Ganong-Robinson served as a dancer with the prestigious group while a student at the U of M and after graduation became the director of the spirit squads. Under her guidance, the Pom Pon Team won 10 national championships, the last coming in the spring of 2002.

"We appreciate all of the years of service that Cheri gave to the University of Memphis," said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

The Memphis pom pon squad placed third in their most recent championships, which were held in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earlier in the spring, the Memphis all-girls competitive cheer squad won the school's first national championship in cheerleading, while the coed cheerleaders placed fourth in the competition held in Orlando, Florida. The cheer units are under the direction of Frankie Conklin and Carol Loyd.

Conklin has been named the interim director of the spirit squads and will begin duties immediately.

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