The weekend after The Summit, teams from small gyms (programs with under 125 athletes) gathered at Disney World for the D2 Summit, an exclusive end-of-year competition for non-Worlds divisions. Teams competed at various Varsity events throughout the season in hopes of securing a bid to this event, which included a wildcard round on Friday for teams with wildcard bids, with the top 3 wildcard teams in each division moving on to the semi-finals and finals. This is the second year of the D2 Summit, with last year’s competition being held in Tampa on the same weekend that The Summit was held in Orlando. This year Varsity decided to switch it up and give the small gyms a chance to perform at one of cheerleading’s most esteemed venues – Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex.
Perhaps one of the most notable wins came in the Small Senior 4 division, where Island Elite Steel Tide was in first going into finals when they suffered an injury during their finals performance that forced them to clear the floor and compete again. Despite the injury, the team came back out and was able to hit their routine well enough to maintain their first place position and bring home the Summit Champion title.
Another noteworthy win came from Extreme All Stars in the Large Senior Restricted 5 division. As a small gym, they have dominated the all star dance world for quite some time, and in fact one of the athletes on their Senior 5 team made history by becoming the first all star athlete to win Dance Worlds, Dance Summit, and D2 Cheer Summit all within a two-week span!
In the largest division of the D2 Summit, the Small Youth 1 Corona Star’s Cheer Silver Stars, a team that arrived at the D2 Summit with a wildcard bid, was able to make the climb and come away on top. After finishing third in the wildcard round on Friday, they were able to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals competition. With a strong performance in semi-finals, they advanced to finals in second place. That was all the motivation they needed, and during finals they put out the performance of a lifetime and ended up beating out 67 other teams in their division to take home some Summit Champion rings.
View results of each division by clicking the links below, and view photo galleries of select divisions here!