Purdue Advances To Finals, Places 13th At UCA College National Championships

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Jan. 20, 2011

The Purdue cheerleading squad had much success at the UCA College National Cheerleading Champions last weekend, advancing from the semi-final round into the final round and placing 13th in the nation. The competition took place from January 14 to 17 and was held at the HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.

The Boilermaker cheerleaders started their journey to nationals in September when they had to create a video showcasing various skills which was sent in and judged. Purdue finished second to Kansas University in the Mid-America region, but was the highest-placing Big Ten squad, defeating Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The second-place finish earned them a spot in the semi-final round, which took place on Jan. 14.

The Boilermakers went out and executed a great routine, where they had no dropped stunts or tumbling mistakes. Their semi-finals performance earned them fifth place out of the field of 11 teams that did not earn a semi-finals bye. Seven teams were taken from the semi-final round and placed with the eight teams who did earn a bye and automatically qualified into the final round. In finals, the Boilermakers performed another great routine, which earned a great response from the crowd and earned them a 13th-place finish overall.

"Our goal from day one was to make finals," coach Steve Solberg said. "I told the team that a lot of teams their first year at UCA nationals don't make finals. If we can make finals, we will get what we came for, which was respect and to make a name for ourselves. I can confidently say we did that. The athletes and the staff couldn't have asked for a better turnout to the weekend."

2011 UCA College Cheerleading Championship Results - Division IA Final Round Results

1. Alabama
2. Kentucky
3. Central Florida
4. LSU
5. Kansas
6. Western Kentucky
7. Hawaii
8. Memphis
9. Ohio State
10. Tennessee
11. Mississippi State
12. Minnesota
13. Purdue
14. Mississippi
15. Cincinnati