Texas Tech Cheer Claims Third at National Competition

Texas Tech University’s Cheer Squad claimed third place today (April 13) 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.”

View video of the team’s preliminary round here.

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.

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