Aug. 27, 2009
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - One of the most difficult things about finding instant success is finding a way to maintain that same high level of productivity over an extended period of time.
The Shorter College cheerleading program appears to be on the right track to doing just that.
Just months removed from capturing the school's first-ever team national championship at the NCA/NDA National Cheer and Dance Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., the co-ed and all-girl Shorter cheering squads earned a pair of paid bids to the 2010 NCA Nationals with superior blue ribbon performances for their rally and game day routines at the NCA Collegiate Cheer Camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C. held on Aug. 9-12.
The four-day camp featured several big names - the University of Louisville, North Carolina State University, Western Michigan University and Georgia Southern among others - and served as a valuable team building and learning experience for head coach Rachel Magness' newest aerie of Hawks and Lady Hawks.
"I was very pleased with the Cheer Hawks' effort and performances this year at NCA camp," said Magness, whose all-girl squad claimed the 2009 NCA national title in the All-Girl II Intermediate category. "Our goal of winning a paid bid was reached, times two. It's going to be a great year."
Earning a paid bid - the co-ed squad took home a silver paid bid while the all-girl unit left Myrtle Beach with a bronze paid bid - means that Shorter will receive discounts on the registration fees required to compete in the NCA Nationals.
The better the evaluation, the better the bid, as seen by the Hawks' co-ed team that placed third overall for its rally routine.
Making the event's outcome more impressive was the adversity the squad faced before boarding the bus to South Carolina. 16 out of the 50 athletes acquired food poisoning the night before the team was set to travel, and while several eventually were able to make the trip, the performers were hardly at full strength.
"Many of our athletes were dealing with sickness and injury during the camp," said Magness. "But they gave one hundred percent during performance time."
The 2010 NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships will take place at the Band Shell/Ocean Center/Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Fla. on April 7-11.