Competitive Cheer Finishes First At NECA Championship

KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The Quinnipiac University competitive cheer team finished in first place out of three collegiate teams at the NECA Championship this afternoon. The Bobcats earned a total score of 88.50 before deductions, where they incurred a two-point inference, to conclude the day with a total score of 86.50 out of 100 points.

"It was good to see where we finished amongst teams we'll be competing against in Nationals next week," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "I was disappointed that U-Mass Dartmouth pulled out of the competition yesterday, as I would have liked to see how we match up against them, but I'm pleased with our performance today."

Quinnipiac finished ahead of the University of New Hampshire and Nichols College in the competition. New Hampshire finished in second place, scoring a 77.90 out of 100 points before the deduction period. Nichols College finished in third place with a 66.20 out of 100 on the day.

The Bobcats scored best on their jumps segment, tallying a 9.2 out of 10 points. The team also tallied a 9 out of 10 on their standing tumbling, while earning a 8.8 out of 10 in their running tumbling. The team also notched an 8.5 out of 10 on partner stunts and a 9 out of 10 on their basket toss segment. Quinnipiac struggled for the second straight week on their pyramid segment, scoring an 8 out of 10 after one side fell at the start of the section.

"Our team also scored well on overall execution and synchronization," said Powers. "We earned great judging comments across the board today. I was pleased with our basket toss segment, but we still need to work on the execution of the Arabian Full Basket toss we've been using in competition. Nonetheless, I'm very excited with the team's direction towards Nationals."

The Bobcats return to action next weekend in their final competition of the 2010 Inaugural Season, the NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla. The team will start the competition on Thursday, April 8, at 9 a.m.