April 17, 2012
The University of Missouri Cheerleaders competed at the largest College Cheer and Dance Championship in the world this past weekend, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The competition is sponsored by the National Cheerleaders Association.
Over 5,000 student athletes, and thousands of spectators, convene each year for this spectacular competition of technical skills, showmanship, game day abilities and outstanding teamwork! The preliminary competition is held in the Ocean Center and team finals are held Friday on the famous Band Shell.
The Mizzou cheerleaders sat in eighth place after preliminaries, but only the top five teams advanced to finals. The Mizzou squad then got a chance to compete and for Challenge Cup, which would allow the winner to advance finals as well. The squad won the Challenge Cup, and then continued to move up and finish in fourth place after the final competition. The results of the Small Coed 1A division were extremely close:
1. OSU 9.493
2. NC State 9.415
3. Georgia 9.350
4. MIZZOU 9.333
5. SMU 9.238
6. Louisville (defending champion) 9.235
The final day competition was live streamed on Friday, and can be watched on Varsity.com. The competition will also be shown on CBS Sports later this month!
Those attending and competing were, Meagan McCullick, Jaclyn Shaw, Kristi Beckmann, Ashley Davidson, Karissa Driskell, Heather Hopkins, Meagn Sheilds, Cara Schubbe, Molly Cody, Marnie Matthews, Ashtynn Smith, Paige Pauley, Jenny Sanchez, Kourtney Doss, Laurie Jefferson, Alli West, Andy Kimmel, Seth Colliver, Graham Phillips, CJ Erskine, Truman James Beatty, along with Head Coach Suzy Thompson and assistant Coach Cynthia Metz.
Keep checking MUTigers.com for more updates on Mizzou Cheerleading, and remember that the application deadline for Cheer and Truman Tryouts in approaching. Applications must be submitted to Suzy Thompson no later than April 27!