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Wilmington Cheerleaders Compete at 2014 UCA National Championships; Earn Two Second Place Finishes

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Orlando, Fla.

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The coed duo of Ariel Ellixson and David Bellew placed a program best second overall in the Coed Partner Stunt Finals. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



The all-girls group of Natalie Spiker, Amanda Endicott, Gabby Mattera, and Laureen Carney placed 10th in the Girls "4" Partner Stunt Finals. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

The Wilmington University cheerleading squad had another standout performance at the 2014 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships this past weekend, recording a pair of program firsts while also trying to defend their team national championship.

The competition started on Friday, January 17 with Wiley D. Wildcat performing in the open mascot division for the first tie in program history. Competing against universities like Southeastern Louisiana, Wichita State, Tennessee Tech, and perennial favorite and in-state rival Delaware, Wiley D. Wildcat earned a third place finish in his first competition. Performed by Brad Gilbert, Wiley D. Wildcat’s routine consisted of a mash-up of popular Will Ferrell movies.

Also performing on Friday night, the coed duo of Ariel Ellixson and David Bellew set another program record for the Wildcats, finishing second out of 13 groups in the Coed Partner Stunt Finals. The pair beat duos from Sam Houston State, Central Florida, Stephen F. Austin, Oklahoma City, North Carolina State, Texas Tech, and Wichita State. Columbus State took home the National Championship in Coed Partner Stunt Finals. The second place finish is the best ever recorded by a pair from Wilmington University.

Competing in the Girls “4” Partner Stunt Finals, the group of Natalie Spiker, Gabby Mattera, Amanda Endicott, and Laureen Carney placed 10th overall. The all-girls group from Louisville took home the top prize.

Looking for their third straight Small Coed Division II National Championship, the Wildcat team came out on Saturday needing to hit three routines. The team earned its way into the finals against Columbus State, Colorado Mesa, Midwestern State, and Southern Indiana, again hitting their routine. But the Wildcats were unable to find the top of podium as the judges gave the 2014 Small Coed Division II National Championship to Columbus State. Less than two points away were the Wildcats in second place overall. In the past three years, the Wildcats have earned two national championship banners and a second place title.

In addition to the team performance, former Wildcat cheerleader and current Wildcat team manager Ashley Unruh auditioned for the USA Cheer Team. Unruh became the first Wildcat to earn a spot on the USA Cheer Team, comprised of the most talented female cheerleaders in the nation. The team competes at the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships each year and is currently the five-time reigning world champions.

All the results can be found at www.varsity.com as well as each video performance of Wilmington and ever school that competed. Under the video tab, search for Wilmington to find videos of all the Wildcat performances.