Students by day, Cavs Girls by night

William Schertz

At 42 wins and 40 losses, the Cavaliers just grazed the playoffs last season, missing by one spot.

Since then, some restructuring has occurred, and several new members have been added to the team — the dance team, that is.

The Cavalier Girls acquired 17 new dancers this summer, two of whom are Kent State students Amanda Fulmer, a sophomore journalism major, and Brianne Carlon, a junior journalism major. Both Fulmer and Carlon have previously worked for the Stater.

“I was so excited I almost started crying,” Fulmer said. “I’m really looking forward to the first game and just being on the floor.”

Fulmer, who has been dancing since she was in fifth grade, said that in the short time she has been on the team, she has had to change several habits.

“I’ve been working out a lot more,” she said. “I’ve had to watch what I eat more often, too.”

Both Fulmer and Carlon have also had to make several adjustments to their fall class schedules to avoid interfering with games and practices, but they say it is worth it.

“(Dancing) has always been a part of my life,” said Carlon, who began at age four when her parents put her in classes at Linda Diamond’s dance studio. “I fell in love with it.”

Since joining the team, Carlon said she has gotten to know several other team members.

“All the girls are really awesome,” she said. “We’re all getting pretty close.”

The two girls are under contract with the Cavaliers dance team for one season, but both say they have intentions to return.

“I’d like to do it as long as I can,” Carlon said. “I’m not sure what will happen, but that’s the plan right now.”

Contact general assignment reporter William Schertz at [email protected].