May 3, 2019

Senior Spotlight: Two Dancers End Collegiate Careers

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Two Buckeye dancers will end their time at Ohio State as they conclude their education and move onto their professional endeavors this month. Katie Devine and Maggie Reinhardt have seen many firsts throughout their time with the program: first on-field performance at a football game, first national championships, first halftime performance with the Ohio State Marching Band… the list goes on.

Often described as a dynamic duo, the pair have certainly left their mark on the dance team. Their leadership and ability to complement each other helped the program win its first back-to-back national championship in the pom category this January.

Head Coach Melissa McGhee on the conclusion of Devine and Reinhardt’s collegiate careers: “Katie and Maggie have contributed at a very high level throughout their four years with the program, going above and beyond and putting the team before themselves. We are so excited for them to continue to be a part of our family as alumni and we know they will be very successful in their future endeavors.”

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Katie Devine

Hometown: Lewis Center, Ohio

Major: Human Resources

Minor: Organizational & Performance Psychology

Years on the team: 4

Favorite travels: Women’s NCAA Tournament in Lexington, KY, Men’s Big Ten Basketball Championship in NYC and in Chicago, Men’s NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, OK, Men’s Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis in 2017 and 2018, Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

How do you think you’ve grown as an athlete since being a member of the dance team? How do you think you’ve grown as a person? 

Being on the dance team has not only pushed me to all of my athletic limits physically, but also has pushed me and my mental strength. Nationals season was unlike anything I had ever experienced before being on the team, and while the journey is worth it, it is definitely the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done. This team has also taught me that leadership is about understanding your people, and helped me to understand myself.

What have been some of your favorite memories throughout your years on the team?

Rose Bowl, Bleeding Love home routine, first national championship.

What do you think the most rewarding part of being a member of the Spirit Program has been?

Life-long friendships, being a part of something that’s bigger than you

What are your ultimate career aspirations?

To be in a job that I love at a company that inspires me to be better.

How have you seen the program grow and evolve over the course of your time on the team?

Number of new, exciting opportunities – first Brutus dance on the field, first travel for football, first performance with the band, first national championship. Not only that, but I have had the pleasure of seeing this program grow into one that people are on the lookout for.

What do you think makes this university and/or your team special?

Ohio State is unlike any other in the amount of love that people have for this university and all that it stands for and that’s what makes it special. My team stands for everything that Ohio State does at its core, but we’re also committed to being ourselves 100% of the time in all that we do and I believe we stand out in that way. 

What are you excited for stepping into an alumni role?

I am excited to help support the team from the other side, and watch as they continue to grow the program.

 

 

Maggie Reinhardt

Hometown: Commerce Township, Mich.

Major: Human Nutrition

Years on the team: 4

Favorite travels: Men’s Big Ten Basketball Championship in Chicago, Men’s NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, OK and Boise, ID, Women’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, Men’s Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis, Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

How do you think you’ve grown as an athlete since being a member of the dance team? How do you think you’ve grown as a person?

Being a part of this team has enabled me to be myself and use my individual strengths to make my team better. I’ve also recognized my weaknesses and learned the importance of allowing my teammates to fill my grey areas. This has helped me grow in my self-awareness and has taught me transferrable skills as I step into a professional career.

What have been some of your favorite memories throughout your years on the team? 

Dancing at every home football game – especially games like the 2017 Penn State and the 2016/2018 *ichigan, performing at halftime with The Ohio State Marching Band, and taking home our first national championship at collegiate nationals.

What do you think the most rewarding part of being a member of the Spirit Program has been?

Being a part of this program means being a part of something that is so much bigger than oneself. We spend much of our season collectively working towards one goal as we prepare for our national competition, which becomes grueling at times. But between the opportunities we are given as a team from the university, the support we receive from our Ohio State community, families and alumni, and the milestones we have made together, I am constantly reminded why the work is worth it.

What are your ultimate career aspirations? 

I plan to become a Registered Dietitian and use my career to help others achieve a life of fulfillment and longevity. 

What are you excited for stepping into an alumni role? 

As an alumni, I am most excited to have the opportunity to give back to the program that has given me so much to be grateful for. Our alumni base is very connected to the program and I am looking forward to being a part of that from a new perspective.