Tiger Cheerleaders Earn High Marks in First Competition
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 03/21/2011
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TOWSON, Md. - The Tiger Cheerleading squad took home high honors at the UMBC Championships last weekend. The Tigers won the Open All-Girl 6 Division as well as received the Grand Champion award for their level above a Co-Ed All-Star team.

After cheering on the sidelines during Tiger home football and basketball games, the squad's performance on Saturday was its first competition in preparation for NCA Collegiate Nationals Daytona Beach, Fla. in April. The cheerleaders scored 266 points out of a possible 300 points, outscoring all 150 teams in attendance from Levels 1-6 of all ages and making them Grand Champions of the entire competition. The cheerleaders’ also received a specialty award for their dance.

“We just started performing this routine full out on Monday,” said Assistant Coach Nick Santolla.  “We are very proud of the performance our team put out on the floor. It is excellent preparation for Daytona in a little less than three weeks.”

The Tiger Cheerleaders have one more competition on Saturday at Magruder High School in Rockville. The squad also has two exhibitions on April 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Towson Center Arena and at the University of Maryland on April 4.  The squad will leave for Nationals on April 6.

“There are definitely a few things that we need to work on leading up to Nationals, but the team far surpassed my already high expectations,” said Head Coach Edy Pratt. “The team did a phenomenal job. We had a strong warm up and an even stronger performance.”

The Tiger Cheerleaders (261.5 after deductions) beat out Stevenson University (212.4), which received second, by almost 50 points.  An all-star team from Pennsylvania finished third with a score of 182.1 points. Dream All-Atars, a Co-Ed squad, received a 233.4 final score.

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