March 21, 2010

Competitive Cheer Records Highest Team Score At USA Wildcat Cheer And Dance Challenge

EAST HAVEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University competitive cheer team earned the highest team score in the USA Wildcat Cheer and Dance Challenge this afternoon. The Bobcats recorded a total score of 169 out of a total 200 points. The team saw its highest scores in the standing and running tumbling segments, recording two 9.5 and two 9 marks out of 10 possible points.

"I'm very pleased with the team's performance today," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "I am especially pleased with our partner stunt segment. We added difficulty this week and all five groups stuck it perfectly. I don't think our segment scores reflected our strong performance, as we recorded an eight out of ten points, but I'm very happy with the team's structure during the segment."

Quinnipiac competed against the University of Connecticut in the collegiate division of the event. The Huskies employed a co-ed club team in the competition and finished the day with a total score of 148 out of 200 points. The Bobcats also recorded higher scores than many Level 5 All-Star squads, who were also competing on the day.

In addition to recording 9's and 9.5's in the standing and running tumbling segment, the Bobcats earned 9 out of 10 points in the jumps segment. The team normally dominates the pyramid section, but one side of the formation fell early in the sequence. Quinnipiac was able to recover in the pyramid and finished the segment with an 8 out of 10. The team also earned 8 out of 10 points in the basket toss segment.

"I'm really looking forward to next week's competition in Rhode Island," said Powers. "We'll be competing against teams with high-caliber performances like the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts. It will be great to gauge our performance against theirs to see where we stand before we head to Nationals in April."

The Bobcats will compete in the NECA Championship next weekend at the Ryan Center In Kingstown, R.I. The competition is scheduled to start at11 a.m.