Wildcat Cheerleaders Land First National Title with 2012 UCA College Cheerleading National Championship
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Orlando, Fla.
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Small Coed Division II National Champions
For the first time in program history, the Wilmington University cheerleading squad has been crowned as a National Champion.
The team came back from the 2012 Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA)/Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships as the winner of the Small Coed Division II group, beating out 13 total teams and eight teams on Saturday in the finals.
“I’m so proud of everyone’s efforts this weekend and how we came together as a team,” an elated head coach Jeff Martino said after they arrived back in New Castle. “It really takes the whole team to be to on to be able to win a competition. I wasn’t nervous because I knew we have hit our routine before, but I was still surprised. Once they got out there you could tell they were the best team. They were more technical, had a higher level of difficulty and tougher choreography and stunts.”
The Wildcats beat out Columbus State, Iowa Western Community College, Southern Indiana, Midwestern State, Northern Kentucky, Ouachita Baptist and Riverside City College in the finals performing a flawless routine for the second straight day.
“We had to hit our routine three times because we had to go back out there for ESPN after we had already won,” Martino continued. “Even with the high emotions, we hit our routine again for TV and we were the only team to do that all three times. This team has worked hundreds of hours to perfect a two minute routine. I couldn’t’ be more proud of this team.”
The squad’s season started with preparations and practice in August, heading to cheer camp to learn new techniques from coaches and other teams. After returning from camp, the routine which would lead them to a national championship started to come together in mid-November. Once classes ended for winter break, the competition season became a reality and practices became more frequent. The ‘Cats perfected the championship routine at halftime of home basketball games and local cheerleading competitions before heading to Florida last week.
The team improved upon its fourth place finish at competition last season, known as one of the most prestigious events in the country.
Click here to view the 2012 UCA College Cheerleading National Championship winning routine.