Texas Tech Cheer Claims Second at National Competition

The cheerleaders have ranked in the top five teams in the country for the past several years.

Texas Tech University’s Cheer Squad claimed second place at the 2011 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Cheer Squad, coached by Joshua Anderson, finished with a final score of 9.675, and was edged out by the squad from the University of Louisville.

The Texas Tech Pom Squad clinched 13th place in its division with a preliminary score of 9.121. The pom team is coached by Bruce Bills.

More than 270 teams from across the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica and Japan competed for an NCA or NDA title.

Stephanie Rhode, assistant director in the Center for Campus Life, said getting to Daytona Beach and placing among the top teams is much more difficult than it appears.

“Just qualifying to get to this contest is a big deal, because an invitation from NCA/NDA is required to even go to the national competition,” Rhode said. “Many teams that get invited don’t even make the trip, because they know they ultimately are not competitive enough.”

Texas Tech’s squads qualified at the cheer and pom camp last July hosted by the University of Kansas.

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