SRU Good News for Feb. 10, 2008
SRU cheerleaders place third in national competition
Slippery Rock University's co-ed cheerleading squad has jumped and kicked its way to national prominence, placing third in the Division II component of the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship staged in Orlando, Fla.
"I am very proud of them. We did a very good, exciting performance, and we showed a lot of energy that no other team had," said Gemma Fotia, SRU head cheerleading coach.
ESPN 2 plans to broadcast the co-ed competition at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 3 p.m. March 19. The University of West Georgia, which has won 12 national cheerleading competitions, and Columbus State University, barely edged out SRU, Fotia said.
SRU's eight women and nine men impressed the judges with a two-and-a-half minute routine set to rock music. The routine included tumbling, tossing, pyramids, partner students and "The R.O.C.K." cheer.
"We had a difficult routine, and we executed it as well as we ever had in practice," Fotia said. "There is great dedication on this team. This is a very tight-knit group."
The squad qualified for the competition by submitting a video of one of its performances to the championships. SRU cheerleaders returned early from the semester break to practice twice a day for the competition.
The championships, launched in 1980, was created to give cheerleaders and dancers a venue for competition and to be recognized for their talents and abilities. More than 50 Division I, I A and II institutions participated this year.
SRU's squad cheers and home football and basketball games and participates in special events such as homecoming and Special Olympics.
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