April 9, 2010
Daytona Beach, Fla. - The firsts continue to roll in for Shorter College's cheerleading program.
On Friday night, the Hawks' All-Girl squad made it back-to-back national championships by taking first place in the All-Girl II Intermediate division at the 2010 NCA Cheerleading Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The squad, which captured the school's first-ever team national championship in last year's NCA Nationals, entered Friday's finals as the No. 1 seed after Thursday's preliminary round and did not disappoint, becoming the first Shorter team to win consecutive national championships.
Shorter is now the proud owner of five national titles, two team championships courtesy of the cheerleading program and three individual crowns from track and field athletes Montagious Brown (2008 Indoor High Jump) and Justyna Mudy (2009 3,000-meter steeplechase, 2009 Cross Country).
Shorter's All-Girl unit had been incredibly impressive in Thursday's prelims, incurring no deductions and earning a score of 8.198, placing it well ahead of No. 2 seed Bridgewater State College's (Mass.) total of 7.666. The University of Texas at Dallas entered Friday's finals in third after posting a 7.536.
The Cheer Hawks backed up their Thursday effort and solidified their place in Shorter's athletic history with another brilliant performance on Friday, scoring an 8.2 in the finals - 0.6 points ahead of eventual second place squad Texas-Dallas. Shorter also received the Crowdleader Award for the most impressive crowd involvement of any team in its division.
Shorter's Co-ed squad, which competed in Cheer Division II, placed fourth with a final score of 8.314. The team had entered Friday's finals as the No. 4 seed and narrowly missed out on a top three finish, just 0.05 points behind third-place finisher Tarleton State University out of Stephenville, Texas.
Shorter's fourth-place finish was significant when considering size of the schools in its division. Shorter, with an enrollment of 2,900, went toe-to-toe with schools that boasts enrollments of over 8,000. Nine of Shorter's 20 competitors had not competed in a college event until Thursday's preliminary round.
Eight-time defending national champion Hawaii Pacific University, which nipped last year's runner-up Shorter for the 2009 title, repeated as national champion with a sizzling score of 9.327. Oklahoma City University took second in Cheer Division II with a score of 8.782.
Fans can watch the preliminary and finals performances from both squads in Daytona Beach by following this link and typing Shorter College into the search bar on the right hand side of the page.