February 7, 2010

Competitive Cheer Improves To 6th Place Out Of 12 Teams In Final Day Of Cheersport Nationals

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Quinnipiac University competitive cheer team improved one ranking in the final day of the Cheersport Nationals, finishing in sixth place out of 12 teams in the All-Girl College Division. The Bobcats finished the competition with a two-day score of 804.7 out of a total of 900 points. The team improved their score by two points in today's competition, recording 403 points out of 450 on the day.

Quinnipiac's biggest improvement from yesterday's competition was in the running tumbling segment. Yesterday, the Bobcats earned mid-fives on their running tumbling sequence, but improved by two points earning mid-sevens today. The team also improved in their standing tumbling segment, earning 9.5's across the board. The team continued to dominate in the pyramid segment, earning a solid 19.5 out of 20, as well as maintaining strong scores in the basket tosses. Quinnipiac saw most deductions during the partner stunt segment where they incurred two bobbles.

"I'm very pleased with the changes our team made today," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "They made the improvements from yesterday and pulled together in the running tumbling sequence. We also added some difficulty to our routine which helped our final score. There's definite improvement to be made in the coming weeks, but it's great to place ahead of such strong programs such as Michigan State and Ohio State."

The top five teams remained the same from Day One, as Louisville finished in first place with a total score of 867.9. Maryland stayed in second place with a final score of 846.6, while Oregon finished in third with an 840. Fairmont State (829.1) and North Carolina State (826) finished ahead of the Bobcats in fourth and fifth place, while East Carolina fell into seventh place with an 801. The final scores will be posted later this evening, and can be found on the Cheersport homepage link provided above.

Quinnipiac returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 13 when they compete at Nonnewaug High School against Central Connecticut, Westfield State, Western Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut. The competition is currently scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.