DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University Competitive Cheer team placed first out of seven other collegiate teams in their division at the NCA College Nationals this afternoon. The Bobcats recorded an 8.714 final score on the day and will be one of four teams advancing from their division to the final round that starts tomorrow.
"I am very pleased with our performance today," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "Our team is beyond excited and they had a great day out there this afternoon. There are a couple places I think we could recover and boost our scores a bit, and hopefully we'll do that tomorrow in the final round. Overall, however, I'm very happy and excited for tomorrow's portion of the competition."
Quinnipiac finished the day with an overall raw score of 8.864, but incurred a 0.15 deduction to finish the day with their final 8.714 score. Kennesaw State University placed second on the day, scoring a 7.984, just ahead of the University of New Hampshire who finished with a 7.843 in third. Towson University was the final school to make it as a top four finalist, as they tallied a 7.752 in fourth place. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst (7.509), Providence College (7.475) and Central Connecticut State (7.375) rounded out the division in the five, six, and seven spots, and did not advance to the final day of competition.
The Bobcats finished the day scoring a 10/11 on the tumbling segment, a 9.3/11 on the partner stunt segment and a 8.7/11 on the jumps segment. The jumps segment includes both basket tosses and jumps and was one of the weakest segments for the team on the day. Quinnipiac improved greatly on its pyramid segment, where they have experienced difficulty in past competitions, scoring a 9.4/11 from the judges. The team also scored a 3.7/5 on their dance segment and a 10.6/11 on their poms and signs segment. High scores also came in on the Bobcats' timing, energy and synchronization.
"I definitely think we can see more of an improvement in the pyramid segment," said Powers. "But I'm very pleased with the progress from our last two competitions, where portions of the pyramid fell. Today, they only saw a slight bobble in the segment, and I think we can improve on that for tomorrow."
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow evening when they compete for the division title. The Bobcats' division competition (Cheer All Girl I) is scheduled to start at 6:01 p.m. at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.