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Rebel Girls Win National Championship

The Rebel Girls won the national championship in Hip Hop.

The Rebel Girls won the national championship in Hip Hop.

Jan. 21, 2013

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Led by seniors Erin Bush and Alex Ferdinand, the UNLV Rebel Girls edged LSU and Cincinnati to take first place at the 2013 College Dance Team National Championships, held this weekend in Orlando, Fla., at the ESPN, Wide World of Sports Center.

Competing against powerhouses from the SEC, Big XII and Big Ten conferences, the Rebel Girls earned their first national team championship title having previous placed in the top five in the past.

"I'm thrilled with my team," said head coach Marca Decastroverde. "They are so deserving of this championship. They have been focused since the day we left nationals last year and worked hard all summer."

The Rebel Girls also placed third nationally in their Pom routine behind Minnesota and Cincinnati.

"With the support of our UNLV students, student-athletes, community and administration, we rose to the challenge and nailed it in the end," said DeCastroverde.

After the first day of competition, the Rebels Girls entered finals with a slight lead in the Hip Hop portion and in second place in Pom after the semifinals.

"We knew we had targets on our backs going into finals," said Bush. "We also knew our conditioning and coaching were excellent. Our coach kept us grounded and my amazing teammates came though. No better way to end my four-year UNLV experience than with a national championship."

Having placed fifth place in Hip Hop and failing to make finals in Pom last year, DeCastroverde was extremely proud of this year's team.

"We kept our priorities," she said. "Get good grades. Be a good person and work hard. Practice hard. And in the end, it paid off. We are proud to be Rebels."

The finals, taped delayed, will be aired on ESPN at a later date.

2013 College Dance Team National Championships - Division 1A Hip Hop Finals


Final Results


1. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2. University of Cincinnati
3. LSU
4. University of Memphis
5. Arizona State University
6. University of Kentucky
7. University of Tennessee
8. Florida State University
9. University of Kansas
10. University of Oklahoma

2013 College Dance Team National Championships - Division 1A Pom Finals


Final Results


1. University of Minnesota
2. University of Cincinnati
3. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4. University of Memphis
5. Ohio State University
6. University of Oklahoma
7. University of Iowa
8. University of Kentucky
9. University of Wisconsin


 

 

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