Competitive Cheer Finishes Third In NCA College Nationals

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University Competitive Cheer team placed third out of five other collegiate teams in the NCA College Nationals this evening. The Bobcats competed in the All Girl I division, where they recorded a 7.952 final score on the day. The NCA College Nationals competition was the final event of their 2010 inaugural season.

"It's definitely hard to handle after our great performance yesterday," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "We warmed up very confident before our competition segment today, but lost steam by the time we were scheduled to perform. We were scheduled last in our division, since we finished first in the yesterday's competition."

Kennesaw State University finished in first place in the division, finishing the day with an 8.695 final score. The University of New Hampshire placed second as they tallied an 8.048 final score just ahead of the Bobcats. Towson University (7.869) and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (7.600) finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively to round out the division score.

The Bobcats recorded a 9/11 score on their partner stunt segment while finishing with a. 8.4/11 on their pyramid segment. They also recorded an 8.6/11 in their jump segment and a 3.5/5 in their dance segment.

"The pyramid killed us today, it was the score that took us out of the running," said Powers. "But at the end of the day, you can't take away from what a great season this team had this year. You can't define a season in one competition, and they did truly amazing competing this year. We take it for what it is and we look forward to next year."

Quinnipiac recorded a raw score of 8.652 before the deduction round. The Bobcats incurred a 0.70 deduction on the day, which dropped them into third place with their final 7.952 score. Their raw score ranked second in the division behind Kennesaw, who tallied an 8.845 raw score before deductions.