Texas Tech University

Cheer, Pom Squads Head to National Championship in Daytona

K'Leigh Sims

April 6, 2016

Texas Tech Cheer

The top collegiate cheerleading and pom quad teams will compete in the National Cheer Association and National Dance Association championship Thursday and Friday.

Texas Tech Cheer

The Texas Tech cheer and pom squads are on their way to Daytona Beach, Florida, to compete in the National Cheer Association (NCA) and National Dance Association (NDA) national championship of collegiate cheer and dance Thursday and Friday (April 7-8).

"I've never known a group who has worked harder to represent Texas Tech University the way these students have," said Stephanie Rhode, Texas Tech Spirit Program director. "They have not only participated in 150 appearances throughout this year but they have also practiced three to four times a week while undergoing intense strength and conditioning training three times a week. The work ethic of these students is inspiring."

Last year, the cheerleading squad placed second and the pom squad placed seventh in the open dance category and fourth in the hip-hop category, respectively. For nine consecutive years, Texas Tech has placed in the top five spots.

Both Texas Tech's co-ed cheerleading team and pom squad will compete in the Division 1A categories.

In March, the two teams showcased their routines at the United Supermarkets Arena to the Lubbock community in preparations for the competition.

The results of the NCA and NDA championships will be announced Friday afternoon. Live updates will be available on the Varsity website or viewers can watch the event live on CBS Sports Network.

For more information and updates about the Texas Tech Spirit Program, visit its website or follow Texas Tech Cheer (Facebook, Twitter) and Pom (Facebook, Twitter) on social media.