First year Lady Hawks take home NCA/NDA All-Girl Cheerleading National Championship

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The teams took first and second place in the finals

The teams took first and second place in the finals

April 10, 2009

2009 NCA National Championship Photo Gallery

Daytona, Beach, Fla. - In only their first year of competition, the Shorter College Lady Hawks cheerleading team have done what no other group in Shorter athletics has done before: take home a national championship. On Saturday, the Lady Hawks competed in the All-Girl II Intermediate group of the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, scoring a 8.273 final score for first place in the nation.

Additionally, the co-ed group performed exceptional, finishing as the runner-up in the nation in the Cheer Division II with a 8.855 final score, behind Hawaii Pacific University who took home their seventh straight national title.

"Everyone is excited and proud of what we did today," said Shorter head coach Rachel Magness. "A lot of people here were really amazed at what we accomplied and now know the name of Shorter College in collegiate cheerleading. They are really surprised that a first year could program could have the success that we've had."

Both teams began competition for the first time this fall with appearances at football and basketball games. The co-ed team consists of 19 members, while the all-girls team has 20 members.

Over 10,000 cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, and fans assembled in Daytona Beach, Florida to take part in the largest collegiate cheer and dance event in the world. The NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, held April 8-12, hosts 200 college teams from across the country and around the world as they compete in 20 different divisions for the honor and the privilege of being crowned NCA/NDA Collegiate National Champions.

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