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Cheer finishes seventh in Daytona National Championship Tournament

Mercer Cheer practicing before their performance at the NCA & NDA Collegiate Championship. Credit: CiSmithphotography
Mercer Cheer practicing before their performance at the NCA & NDA Collegiate Championship. Credit: CiSmithphotography

Cheerleading attended the National Cheerleader's Association & National Dance Association College National Championship April 7-9 in Daytona, Florida, and came sixth in the final after placing seventh in the preliminary round.

The NCA & NDA championship is hosted yearly just like an NCAA tournament and schools from all across the country come to compete. The championship is scored out of 100 points with the NCA and NDA establishing a scoring rubric for rating team performances. Cheer traveled to Daytona, Fla. to compete in the division one section of the Advanced Small Coed group.

The preliminary round saw the Bears seventh out of nine teams with a raw score of 81.3667. The Bears had initially reached a performance score of 86.1574 but lost 4.25 points from deductions. Deductions vary from boundary violations, time violations, safety guideline violations or participant number violations. It's unclear which violations the Bears committed via Varisty TV, but the raw score was adjusted to 81.3667.

After coming seventh, the Bears were able to reshape their performance for the final. Both their performance score and event score reached 89.1944 and 88.4352 points respectively. The Bears also shored up their issues and had only 1.25 deductions. Still, with a raw score of 81.4, the Bears came in sixth with Weber State University coming first in the division.

Anyone interested in watching the replay of the final can do so through Varsity TV — the website requires a subscription to view archived footage.

Keith Holmes Jr.

Keith Holmes Jr. ‘22 is a journalism and creative writing double major who has worked with The Cluster as general staff since his Sophomore year. Keith has received Best in SNO awards for his sports articles along with years of work at Mercer’s ESPN3 branch. Keith spends his free time playing video games and writing fiction around campus. 

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