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Junior Nici Denney was recently selected as an Indiana Pacemate for the 2015-16 season.
Junior Nici Denney was recently selected as an Indiana Pacemate for the 2015-16 season.
Cheerleading - Tue, Aug. 4, 2015
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University cheerleading program had one of its own named to the 2015-16 edition of the Indiana Pacemates, the official dancers of the Indiana Pacers, the Pacemates recently announced.

Rising junior Nicole Denney was named to the Indiana Pacemates after a rigorous exhibition of talent and skill before the fans voted for the team comprised of 16 members.

The selection process got underway on July 20 with 84 girls in attendance to start the night. After learning a dance routine and by the end of the evening, 24 finalists were selected. Over the next 10 days, the Indiana Pacemates released the finalists and allowed the fans to choose who they would like to see as part of the team. During that timeframe, the finalists learned three dance routines, had two photo sessions and performed a solo dance.

During a showcase on July 30, the 24 finalists were judged on fitness, personality and dance ability. At the end of the evening, Denney had made the cut as one of the 16 ladies selected as part of the 2015-16 edition of the Indiana Pacemates.

"I was extremely happy by the amount of support that I had from all of my friends and family and from everyone at Marian University," said Denney, who had the opportunity to cheer at the 2014 NAIA National Championship football game. "It was a blessing to know that I had all of that support. Dance has always been a passion of mine, and I am excited to do something I love as well as cheer on the Indiana Pacers."

"I am so proud of Nici," said head coach Kiley Watson, who is heading into her sixth season as MU cheerleading coach. "This could not have happened to a more deserving person. She was voted as our most spirited cheerleader by her teammates last season and we cannot wait to see her light up the big screens at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as she cheers for the Indiana Pacers."

Denney is the first MU cheerleader to be a part of the Indiana Pacemates and joins Lady Knight Dancers head coach Tamara Ammons-Jones as MU representatives who have served as a Pacemate. Ammons-Jones retired from the Indiana Pacemates at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.