Northwestern Cheerleading Finishes Fifth at Nationals

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Northwestern Cheerleading Finishes Fifth at Nationals

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Northwestern cheerleading squad finished in fifth place at the 2011 USA Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships. The two-day competition, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 26 and ending on Sunday, Feb. 27 was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Northwestern cheerleading squad finished in fifth place at the 2011 USA Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships. The two-day competition, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 26 and ending on Sunday, Feb. 27 was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

“Tim and I had a great group of cheerleaders on the competitive squad,” remarked head coach Kaylyn Hansen. “They definitely worked hard this year and their hard work and dedication paid off. It is hard to make it past the preliminary round and into the finals. They made a statement in California and let everyone know that Northwestern was there to work. We are beyond proud of this group and we would like to thank everyone for their support.”

On Saturday in the preliminary round, Northwestern finished within the top five teams with a score of 81.1, moving them forward to Sunday’s final competition. Northwestern beat out five schools in the preliminary, including: New Mexico State University, U. C. Davis (Calif.), Long Beach State University (Calif.), Stanford University (Calif.) and the University of Southern California.

The squad scored a 79.9 in the finals for a grand total of 80.38. Forty percent of the preliminary score and 60 percent of the final round will make up the composite score.

Twelve members are on the competition squad and ten cheerleaders performed for Northwestern in the competition, including: Chase Harmon, Kyle Bentley, Jake Beam, Jarod Gentry, Taylor Brainard, Kelsi Gibson, Mercedes Key, Courtney Landis, Myka Storie, Jimmie McBride, Chantal Zambrana and Bailey Cummings.

2011 Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships Results 

Team - Final Score

1. Boise State University - 88.94

2. Brigham Young University - 87.18

3. University of Regina - 85.00

4. Fresno State University - 84.14

5. Northwestern Oklahoma St. - 80.38