A Swampscott resident will be cheering on the New England Patriots from the sidelines this season.
Michelle Nigro was chosen among a group of 28 residents from New England and elsewhere across the country for the 2014 New England Patriots Cheerleading squad.
The team itself comprises 11 rookies and 17 veteran cheerleaders, with hometowns representing four of New England's six states, as well as cheerleaders from New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and California.
About 320 interested cheerleaders applied for the squad, and the finalized list was chosen following a month-long audition that began with open auditions and culminated with the annual Patriots Cheerleading Boot Camp, which concluded on May 3.
The squad, which rehearses twice a week and performs at all home games, is populated with students and professionals, including a Harvard graduate and neuroscience PhD candidate, a business banking officer, a dentist and a culinary student.
The full roster for the 2014 season can be found below. For more information, visit www.patriots.com/cheerleaders.
2014 New England Patriots Cheerleaders
- Mary Babbit – North Attleboro, Massachusetts
- Kelly Bennion – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Brittany Bonchuk – Griswold, Connecticut
- Zoe Bucuvalas – Quincy, Massachusetts
- Erica Cadigan – Medfield, Massachusetts
- Brittany Dickie – Woonsocket, Rhode Island
- Lasondra Greene – New Britain, Connecticut
- Leigha Marie Hervey – Rutland, Massachusetts
- LisaMarie Ianuzzi – Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
- Jacqueline Jamiel – Yarmouth, Massachusetts
- Camille Kostek – Killingworth, Connecticut
- Hannah LeBeau – Auburn, Massachusetts
- Karen Link – Terryville, Connecticut
- Kikco McMahan – Boston, Massachusetts
- Alyssa Merkle – Rutherford, New Jersey
- Michelle Nigro – Swampscott, Massachusetts
- Jensine Rich – Framingham, Massachusetts
- Melanie Sanches – Prospect, Connecticut
- Lauren Schneider – Nashua, New Hampshire
- Kristen Sherrerd – Seekonk, Massachusetts
- Allison Smedley – Londonderry, New Hampshire
- Amber Smith – Norwood, Massachusetts
- Amanda Soucy – North Reading, Massachusetts
- Victoria Spadaro – Cromwell, Connecticut
- Alexandria Stavropoulos – Needham, Massachusetts
- Stefani Swaim – Santa Ana, Connecticut
- Megan Swain – Ware, Massachusetts
- Madelyn Wilson – McKinley, Texas