UNLV Cheer Captures National Championship
April 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Four members of the UNLV Cheer team won the Group Stunt National Championship this past weekend at the 32nd Annual NCA and NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. The first-place team was comprised of Emily Black, Sara Jordan, Courtni Low and Alex White.
"It was great to see the countless hours of hard work we put into this pay off," UNLV Cheer Head Coach Nakia Jackson-Hale said. "They have worked tirelessly toward this goal since the fall. It means so much to the coaches, the team and the program."
The Rebels' Group Stunt team won the event with a score of 9.400, finishing ahead of two Oklahoma State teams (2nd at 9.333, 4th at 9.222) and Hawaii Pacific (3rd at 9.222).
"We competed against groups that have amazing cheer teams with the ability to recruit top talent, and I think this victory turned some heads and put UNLV Cheer on the map," Jackson-Hale said. "I am so proud of the girls. I can't describe the feeling when they were called us out as the winning team. It was very emotional."
The NCA and NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship is the largest of its kind in the world. Over 5,000 student-athletes and thousands of spectators convene each year for the competition of technical skills, showmanship, game day abilities and outstanding teamwork. There are 12 dance divisions and 18 cheer divisions separated by designation of all-girl or coed, skill level, style of dance and university enrollment/division.
The team of Black, Jordan, Low and White placed eighth at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., in January.