April 13, 2012
Texas Tech’s Cheer Squad claimed third place Friday at the 2012 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Cheer Squad, coached by Bruce Bills, finished with a final score of 9.303, and was edged out by squads from Oklahoma State University (first) and the University of Louisville (second).
“I am very proud of this team,” Bills said. “They worked extremely hard to get this opportunity.”
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 squad qualified for the national bid last summer at the cheer camp hosted by Southern Methodist University.
The cheerleaders are one the powerhouses of collegiate cheer squads.
Members perform at all football games, womens home volleyball games, and mens and womens home basketball games. In addition, cheerleaders travel to all post season football bowl games, Big 12 tournament basketball games, and NCAA/NIT basketball tournament games.