Feb. 12, 2003
Columbia, Mo. -
The University of Missouri's renowned Golden Girls dance squad captured a national championship earlier this week at the United Spirit Association (USA) Collegiate Nationals.
The competition was held Feb. 9-10 in Las Vegas, Nev., with prelims held on Sunday, followed by finals on Monday. The 16-member squad, coached by former Golden Girl Shannon Fry, advanced to the finals and was voted national champion by the judges after a flawless performance of a two-minute, 17-second technical dance routine played out to a mix of jazz and hip-hop music.
Mizzou beat out eight other schools in the finals, winning out over 2nd-place UCLA, and 3rd-place Kentucky. Rounding out the standings were USC, Cal-State Fullerton, Arizona, Boise State, Cal-State Santa Barbara and San Diego.
The national title is the third such championship for the Golden Girls, adding to previous titles won in 1991 and 1992. Fry was a freshman and sophomore member of those teams, meaning she has had a share in all three of Mizzou's national championships.
"We're unbelievably excited about this," said Fry. "I'm really pleased for the girls, because they have put in so much hard work, and to have it pay off in this way is really gratifying. They are a hardworking group that absolutely deserves this," she said.
The roster of those competing in the championships for Mizzou included: Abbie Adkins (Fr., Columbia), Ashlee Chapman (Fr., Columbia), Carissa Brammer (Sr., Lee's Summit), Cassie Brammer (Fr., Lee's Summit), Courtney Brown (Jr., Palmyra), Katie Desplinter (So., St. Charles), Lindsay Grieshaber (Fr., St. Louis), Liz Hager (Jr., Liberty), Melissa Happe (Sr., St. Charles), Jocelyn Happel (Jr., St. Louis), Jenn Holderness (Jr., St. Louis), Elizabeth Honerkamp (So., St. Charles), Vickie Shadduck (Fr., St. Louis), Kim Still (Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Katie Wear (Fr., St. Louis) and Julie Yoakum (Jr., Columbia).