Competitive Cheer Places First At Spirit Unlimited Championship

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University competitive cheer team placed first out of three collegiate teams at the New England Unlimited Championship sponsored by Spirit Unlimited Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats earned a three-judge combined score of 262.7 out of a possible 300 points.

"Overall, I was proud of our team's performance," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "They displayed a strength that I wouldn't expect this early in the season. It's great to get such a high score this early on, but we know there are always areas to improve and we'll continue to do so for our next event."

Stony Brook University placed second in the event, tallying a total score of 231.9 out of 300, while Babson University finished in third place, earning a score of 176.7. In addition to their first place-finish, the Bobcats were also awarded a Best Team Tumbling Specialty Award on the day.

Quinnipiac earned their highest score of the night on their pyramid, recording a 29 out of a possible 30 points. Their lowest score of the day came on their partner stunts, where they collected 23.5 points out of a possible 30. The Bobcats also picked up 13.5 points out of 15 on their standing tumbling segment.

"The team did very well on both their pyramid and standing tumbling," said Powers. "They had great synchronization during their back tuck and toe touch tuck. In our partner stunts, we were expecting a lower score, as it is our greatest weakness right now. We had some difficulty with the both our entry and dismounts in that segment. However, we did great on our pyramid. Our middle group definitely earned us the high score as they kept the formation strong and recovered when we needed it."

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 16 when they head to Fairfield, Conn. to compete in the Sacred Heart Pioneer Cheer and Dance Challenge. That event is currently scheduled to start at 9 a.m.