Sams made the squad as a freshman and has made it every year since. She’s been on two squads that won state titles and three that have qualified for Nationals.
With both Katie and Sarah on the squad, the 2011-12 squad placed 16th at Nationals, which Sarah said still ranks as her favorite pom memory.
“At Nationals, when I wouldn’t feel good, (Katie) would be there,” Sams said.
“She helped me through a lot.”
Team unity can often make or break a pom squad. With the 2013 state competition just three weeks away, Sams said this year’s team really came together at a team sleepover about a month ago.
“We realized that we need to start sticking together because we have State coming up, and we have to dance like a team, like you like each other,” Sams said. “That shows the judges, ‘Oh, this team really loves dancing.’”
The 2013-14 Lady Buffs will also try to better last year’s semifinal finish at Nationals. This year the Lady Buffs intend to compete in two separate categories at Nationals, having qualified at a pom camp at the University of Tulsa in June.
Sams was named a Universal Dance Association All-American at the TU camp and earned a UDA staff tryout.
But before State, Nationals or UDA tryouts, Sams still has one or hopefully two football games left at which to perform.
“Most people don’t get to see us at State and stuff, so this is the only time they get to see us, is on the sidelines,” Sams said. “So we need to represent ourselves really well out there.”
Sams added, “We’re like a spirit squad to pump up the football players and keep them going if they have a bad play or something, and pump up the crowd. I love it. It’s fun.”