The Wilton Youth Competition Cheerleading Squad won first place at the Quinnipiac University 11th Annual Cheer Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Competing in the Junior High Novice Division, the squad took the floor first, in a category that pitted them against teams from Plainfield and Waterbury, CT. For several of the girls, it was their very first competition.

The squad is comprised of girls in grades 6-8 who started practicing twice a week together in November, working on strength training, tumbling, stunts, dance, and cheer. They are coached by Jeri Tait, Teagan Tait and Aimee McDonald.

The season runs from mid-October through mid-March. The team will host the FCIAC Cheerleading Competition next Saturday, Feb. 6 at Wilton High School, and compete in two other competitions this season.