Spirit Squads Fly High at National Competition

Cheer Squad finished in third place, while Pom Squad clinched 10th place.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech’s Cheer Squad claimed third place at the 2010 Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Texas Tech’s Cheer Squad claimed third place at the 2010 Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Texas Tech’s Cheer Squad claimed third place at the 2010 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

After leading the competition going into the final day, the Cheer Squad finished with a final score of 9.405, and was edged out by squads from the University of Louisville and Oklahoma State University.

The Texas Tech Pom Squad clinched 10th place in its division with a final score of 8.948 and no deductions.

More than 225 teams from across the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica and Japan competed for an NCA or NDA title.

The cheer squad has consistently ranked in the top five since Joshua Anderson took over as coach in 2007 with a goal of returning Texas Tech to Daytona Beach after a five-year hiatus.

“I think the squad did very well this year,” he said. “Everyone has been pushing and working hard, and we will continue to improve from here.”

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