(Daytona Beach, Fla.) - The SNHU Cheer squad finished in fourth place at the NCA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Penmen advanced to the finals with a program record score in the prelims, and just missed eclipsing that mark in the finals on Friday.
The team has been documenting the trip through a blog. Here's an entry on the finals, written by third-year term member Sam Frazer (Latham, N.Y.)...
"Anticipation was high as Day 2 Finals rolled around for the Penmen Cheerleading team. We were up at 6:30 in the morning with knocks on the door by Assistant Coach Ben King. Due to rain, the competition was delayed an hour which gave the SNHU cheer team the break they needed in order to be stress free for the day and focus on what was important. Back at the Ocean Center to warmup, the team felt more prepared then they have been in past years. Warmups were as good as the day before except for minor stunting hiccups and the pressure was on. They knew that this was it. This is the final the Penmen had been working so hard for.
The squad proved on Day 1 that they deserved to be in Daytona. Now it was time to show the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) that the work was definitely worth it, which proved to be right for this little team that could. The routine was near perfect except for one omitted skill, but they didn't allow that to affect them in the overall performance. They earned an overall raw score of a 92.8. They earned 4th in the nation and Head Coach Michelle McCarty could not be more pleased, a best-ever finish for the program. They proved that anything is possible.