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February 14, 2013

Former divers making waves in world of cheerleading

Rob DiVincenzo handled the choreography while his twin brother, Dave, was in charge of the music.

The dynamic duo known as the Diving DiVos when they were members of Haverhill High School’s competitive diving team are now shaking up the world of competitive cheerleading.

They merged their creative talents and, with a little help from the Amesbury cheerleading team called “All That Diamonds,’’ the duo is turning a few heads.

Based at the All That Cheer and Tumble training complex in Amesbury, the Diamonds team was impressive against 46 other teams in the Level 3 division at the annual Athletic Championships, held Jan. 26 and 27 in Providence, R.I. The co-ed team competes at the all-star level and consists of 30 girls and one boy, ranging in age from 10 to 18.

The Diamonds took first place, were named overall grand champions for having the highest overall scores at their level, and were one of only four of the 210 competing teams to be awarded a paid bid. That covers the team’s entry fee into “The Summit,” an all-levels national competition being held in Orlando, Florida, May 4 and 5. The Diamonds also received four nights of accommodations at a Disney Resort hotel and passes to Disneyworld.

Rob DiVincenzo said the paid bid award amounts to a total value of $510 for each of the 31 team members and two coaches. Paid bids also went to first-place teams at Levels 2, 4 and 5, he said. The Diamonds, coached by Rob DiVincenzo and Cara Wilson, also received the Innovative Choreography award.

”To know that it actually came true and that all of our hard work paid off was really moving,” Rob DiVincenzo said. “The team worked really hard. We condition a lot. A lot of teams still don’t understand that it’s an acrobatic sport. Like football players who condition all the time, to reach a certain level you have to train, do push ups, stretches, sprints and other conditioning exercises. There are a lot of injuries in cheerleading because coaches don’t take time to condition their kids.”

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