Lemont cheerleading captures seventh IHSA Medium Division State Championship

2024 IHSA Cheerleading State Champion

After a nearly spotless routine in the final round, Lemont High School’s cheerleading team was crowned as the champion at the 2024 IHSA Medium Division Cheerleading State Finals, which were contested at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on February 2-3. Head coach Bree Grady-Simpson’s squad won its first state title since 2018, and the program’s seventh state championship overall.

Lemont pushed its state record streak of top five state finals finishes to 19 seasons, and improved upon its own state record by earning its 15th state trophy.

Lemont was tops among 25 teams in its division after the first day of competition thanks to its score of 96.78 in the preliminary round. In the final round, Lemont improved on its preliminary score, posting a score of 97.94 to outdistance runner-up Burlington Central (95.16) and third-place Crystal Lake Central (93.42).

Grady-Simpson’s team includes seniors Fawne Ford and Avaree Taylor; juniors Claire Auw, Jordan Cryer, Mia Federovich, Grace Markun, Ella Mierzwa, Tessa Preuss, Kelsey Schmidt, Molly Wallace and Ashley Wrublik; sophomores Samantha DuVall, Ella Phelan, Morgan Sadelski and Victoria Swanstrom; and freshmen Hailey Borner, Emma Federovich, Allyson Fluder, Natalie Oprondek and Melanie Wallace.

Lemont (93.57) earned its 19th straight IHSA State Finals berth by winning the program’s eighth sectional title at the IHSA Hinsdale South Sectional on January 27. Evergreen Park (90.67), Providence Catholic (90.47), Oak Forest (90.13) and Benet Academy (88.30) also advanced to the state finals. The top five teams from each of five sectionals reach the state finals.

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Lemont captured its third straight South Suburban Conference-Blue Division title, and its seventh SSC Blue crown overall, earlier this season.

Lemont’s cheerleading squad is one of only four athletic programs in school history to win an IHSA team state championship, having previously done so in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2018. Lemont finished as the state runner-up in 2007, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2021 and 2023, and brought home third-place trophies in 2006 and 2012.

Lemont has won eight IHSA Sectional titles (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2018, 2020, 2022, 2024) and seven SSC Blue crowns (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2022, 2023, 2024).

The most decorated cheerleading program in state history, Lemont is joined by Conant, Lockport, Oak Forest and Sandburg as the only programs to advance to the IHSA State Finals each year since the IHSA State Series began in 2006.

Its 15 state trophies are the most in the history of the IHSA State Series for cheerleading. With no worse than a fifth-place finish in any of its state finals appearances, Lemont is the only cheerleading program in the state to have finished among the state’s top ten each year since 2006.