Texas Tech Spirit Squads Grab Top Scores, All-American Spots at National Camp

Texas Tech's cheerleaders, pom squad members and mascots notched up a number of honors, including rare fully paid bids to the national championship.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech University’s cheerleaders, pom squad members and mascots notched up a number of honors, including rare fully paid bids to the national championship, at the 2009 National Cheerleaders Association/National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) College Summer Camp.

Eleven Texas Tech cheerleaders earned NCA collegiate all-American spots during the  camp, held July 28-30 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

The team  finished with the top overall score and won the title of most collegiate – or the team that showed the most school spirit – earning a full paid bid to the 2010 Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. It also won first place for its spirit-rally and game-day routines.

The Pom Squad boasted two all-American dancers and 10 nominations and was selected as both the most spirited and most collegiate team at the camp. It won first place for its game-day routine as well as the top overall dance score and won a full paid bid to the nationals as well.

The four students who take turns in Texas Tech’s Raider Red costume received all-American mascot awards and Raider Red was selected the most collegiate mascot.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rhode, assistant director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433, or stephanie.rhode@ttu.edu.