The Triton Cheerleaders are currently an all-girl, game day squad. Males are encouraged to tryout. The number of males and females on the team varies from year to year. The cheerleaders show their support 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 the time demands on the students we cannot guarantee that each request will be fulfilled. Priority will be given to academic and athletic-related duties.

All requests for appearances will be left to 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 Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing Nick Feller at OR (858) 534-2508.


2016-2017 Roster
Vinnie Chen*
Hope Glembo
Jennifer Guerrero
Katie Mattea*
Fernanda Perez
Clara Riggle
Theresa Riley
Haruna Sasaki
Christine Stewart
Natasha Van Brynke
Christine Wang
Lidia Zambrano
Carla Zarate

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 at


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 comradely. We want team players and hard workers to continue growing the Spirit Program.

Cheerleaders must attend all practices, conditioning sessions, assigned games, and appearances. Keep in mind that winter quarter 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: Women’s Volleyball, Men’s soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Water Polo, Women’s Water Polo, Softball, Baseball




Attending our clinic is a great way to prepare for tryouts. Attendees will learn collegiate style dances and cheers. Clinics are open to all enrolled high school and collegiate students. Cost is $20.00 per person. A signed waiver of liability must be turned in to participate. A parent signature is required for anyone under 18.

APRIL 30, 2017
11:00am – 2:00pm
RIMAC Arena (map)
$20.00 per person




Please read the tryout information and application carefully. Tryouts are open to current full-time UCSD students and enrolled high school seniors and transfers admitted to UC San Diego. A $20.00 audition fee is required to tryout (covers both days). Only individuals with completed tryout applications will be permitted to tryout.

2017 - 2018 Tryout Information

2017- 2018 Tryout Application



MAY 6, 2017

6:00pm – 9:00pm

RIMAC Arena (map



MAY 7, 2017

11:00am – 2:00pm

RIMAC Arena (map)

Unable to Attend Tryouts? Video submission will be accepted. Please email Coach Michelle Critzer at for details.




Does UCSD offer cheer scholarships? No scholarships are presently offered. Adidas generously sponsors some apparel and footwear associated with cheering at UC San Diego. 

What are the costs? We fundraise as much as possible to lower the costs. Uniforms are between $500 - $700, which includes a full shell, a long sleeve liner, sports bra, skirt, briefs, poms, team polo, shoes, warm-ups, and a backpack. There may be additional costs such as practice gear, but the majority of practice gear is covered. Please do not let cost discourage you from trying out, we will work with you on a payment plan if necessary.

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