The Triton Cheerleaders are a co-ed game day squad. The number of males and females on the team varies from year to year. The cheerleaders show their support for Triton Athletics and showcase their routines at various athletic department and community events throughout the academic year. 

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Cheer, Dance, and Mascot appearances are available upon request with a MINIMUM of 3 weeks notice. Due to student time demands we cannot guarantee that each request will be fulfilled. Priority will be given to academic and athletic-related responsibilites.

All requests for appearances will be fulfilled at the discretion of the UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics Department. The department reserves the right to refuse any appearance that conflicts with the best interests of the University and its students.

For your requests please note the following:

  • The mascot must be provided a secure changing room at the event venue.
  • Team(s) must be provided food for appearances longer than 3 HOURS.
  • Team(s) are available to engage with your guests, take pictures, perform routines, and lead Triton cheers.
  • The team(s) will arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled performance (unless otherwise arranged).


If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra Carriker via email by clicking here.


2018-2019 Squad Members

Vanessa Falcon Geena Friera Natalie Gonzalez
Samantha Gray Jennifer Hofliena Makenna Isley
Kassy Johnson Ashley Kim Krystal Long
Hannah Martin Cooper Mestre Cleo Nettles
Jasmine Padilla Ian Raguine Clara Riggle
Elizabeth Riley Theresa Riley Evie Sippola
Lilia Venegas

Coaching Staff

Michelle Critzer, Head Coach
Michelle Critzer is a proud alumni of UC San Diego. She currently works for Universal Cheerleaders Association, the leading organization in providing educational training for college and high school cheerleaders. during the year, she is privileged to be sent coast to coast as well as internationally as a Judge or instructor. Her coaching philosophy is to train game day cheerleaders, create school spirit and an exciting atmosphere at games and appearances. She has a background in gymnastics, high school cheer, and competitive cheer at both a club team, as well as College. In addition, she is USASF and AACCA rules/safety certified. Safety is always a top priority. She was most recently coaching high school cheer, but is extremely excited to be switching gears into coaching the collegiate student athletes at UCSD. If you would like to get in contact with Coach Critzer please email her by clicking here.

Abrina Wheatfall, Assistant Coach
Abrina Wheatfall is an alumni of the University of Oregon where she was an Oregon Duck cheerleader. Abrina choreographed dance routines for the Oregon cheerleaders for 7 years. She brings over 15 years of cheer and dance experience to the Triton cheer squad.


We are looking for positive, enthusiastic, and committed students who will help create an energetic atmosphere on GAME DAY as well as university events. UC San Diego Cheer prides itself on teamwork and comradery. We are looking for team players and hard workers to continue growing the Spirit Program.

It is important to remember that college cheerleading is a big commitment. Cheerleaders must attend all practices, conditioning sessions, and assigned games and appearances. Keep in mind that winter quarter particularly is an extremely busy time due to basketball season. Please carefully consider your availability before trying out.

Tentative Practice Schedule:

Dance: 1x a week      Stunt: 2x a week      Tumbling/Conditioning: Varies

Game Schedule:

Full Team: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Assigned Games: M/W Volleyball, M/W Soccer, M/W Water Polo, Softball, Baseball


Attending our clinic is a great way to prepare for tryouts. Attendees will learn collegiate style dances and cheers. Clinics typically take place in May and are open to all enrolled high school and collegiate students. There is a per person registration fee.  Visit


Tryouts typically take place in May and are open to current full-time UCSD students and high school seniors and transfers admitted to UC San Diego. An audition fee is required to tryout. Please carefully read the tryout information on the registration site for expectations and details. Only individuals with completed tryout applications will be permitted to tryout. Visit ucsandiegocheercamps.comfor more information


Does UCSD offer cheer scholarships? No scholarships are presently offered. Official UC San Diego athletics partner Adidas generously provides some apparel and footwear associated with cheering to help defray expenses and maintain Triton brand identity.

What are the costs? We conduct some fundraising initiatives to lower the costs.  Costs are between $500 - $700 for uniforms, camp and related fees. Cost should not be a deterrent to trying out as payment options are available for those in need.