Competitive Cheer Named Grand Champions At Chief Challenge

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University competitive cheer team placed first out of four teams in the Division I All-Girl segment of the Chief Challenge this afternoon, earning the title of Grand Champion at the competition. The Bobcats recorded a score of 87.5 out of a possible 100 points, participating in the traditional 2 ½ minute routine style of competition.

The 87.5 overall score came from a combination of techniques within the routine. The Bobcats saw their best improvement from last week's competition in the partner stunt sequence, where they earned a score of 10 out of a possible 11 points. The team remained solid in the pyramid segment, where they also notched at 10 out of 11. They also recorded a nine out of 11 on the tumbling sequence.

"I'm so proud of my team's effort today," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "They improved on everything we talked about after last week's competition, and they really turned it around out there. I'm especially pleased with how they stuck their partner stunting segment, a specific area we talked about all week. They did great in every segment, and I'm very pleased with the outcome."

Eastern Connecticut State placed second in the competition, recording a 73 out of 100 points. Central Connecticut State landed in third place with 68 out of 100, while Western Connecticut State rounded out the group in fourth place with 66 out of 100. The Bobcats also placed above Westfield State to earn the title of Grand Champion of the competition. Westfield State competed in a different division since they employed a co-ed squad and earned a total score of 77 out of 100 points.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday when they compete in the CCSU Daredevil Challenge hosted by Central Connecticut. The event is currently scheduled to start at 11 a.m.