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UTSA Cheer wraps up competition at NCA Championships

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 04/15/2013
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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA Cheer squads competed at the NCA Championships this past weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“The move from Division I to Division IA is a tough one, but we proved it was one we’re ready for," Spirit Coordinator Jason Gregory said. "All three teams achieved our most important goal for the year and that was to become better than we were the year before. For that, every single one of our team members must look at this season as a victory and have nothing but pride for what we have accomplished.”

Below is a recap provided by Gregory.

All-Girl — Thursday, April 11 (preliminaries)  |  Friday, April 12 (final)
Prelims is a stressful day for most teams as it is their first time actually competing their routines. Our defending Division I National Champion All-Girl team faced this pressure like champions, and with only two small tumbling errors, they found themselves seeded in first place going into finals.

On the finals mat, they gave an even sharper performance, which increased their raw score to 95.85. In the stunt section they had one cradle error that put them behind on timing and set them up for a tumbling error, but overall, it was a beautiful performance. Maryland, Louisville and Oklahoma State had significantly fewer deductions on their day two performances and they managed to squeeze past us in the final rankings.

Final All-Girl Standings
1. Maryland
2. Louisville
3. Oklahoma State
5. North Carolina State
7. South Carolina
8. Michigan State

Preliminary and final videos can be watched here by typing "UTSA" into the search bar.

Coed — Thursday, April 11 (preliminaries)  |  Friday, April 12 (final)
The Coed team was eager to improve on last year’s preliminary performance and they did just that. With only one stunt drop, a few touch downs in tumbling and some small timing errors, they were seeded sixth going into finals.

On the final day, they cleaned up their timing on everything and hit all stunts perfectly. One basket did not throw and one intermediate pyramid transition came down early, but overall, it was our highest-scoring routine of the year and a drastic improvement compared to last year.

Final Coed Standings
1. Oklahoma State
2. Louisville
3. Texas Tech
4. South Carolina
5. Virginia Tech
7. North Carolina State
8. Middle Tennessee
9. Boston College

Preliminary and final videos can be watched here by typing "UTSA" into the search bar.

Group Stunt — Saturday, April 13
With their initial bid tape (click here to watch), UTSA’s All-Girl stunt group consisting of Jamille Henderson, Lindsey Ellis, Amysue Sanchez and Melody Ramos was seeded in sixth place coming into finals.

After major changes to their stunt sequence (click here to watch), first place was possible for a clean performance. In warmups, they hit perfectly, and their fellow competitors took notice. Out on the mat in their first time competing in a group stunt competition, they unexpectedly dropped their first stunt but pulled it back together for their last four and earned a roar from the crowd of several thousand. While the errors took them out of placing, they still earned the honor of becoming UTSA’s first stunt group to ever to compete at the National Championships.

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