DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The University of New Hampshire All-Girl cheer team finished in third place overall by a slim margin in the 2012 NCA Collegiate Cheer Championship Finals. The 'Cats defeated former two-time defending national champion, Kennesaw State University; but, fell short of the championship title, awarded to the University of Texas at San Antonio with a score of 9.500.
UNH finished in third place on day one of the competition after discrepancies in the team's score were resolved.
"We have faced a great deal of adversity this year and having to appeal to the NCA in order to be scored properly for our performances was another item to add to that list. While I do not feel our finals score reflects the true degree of difficulty of our routine and the quality of our performance, I understand that we compete in a sport that lies in the hands of a judging panel," said Head Coach Jackie Briggs. "I am proud of this team and know that in my last season as the Head Coach, they performed to the best of their ability and represented the University of New Hampshire with poise and pride. I am so impressed with these young women and all they have accomplished," she said.
Briggs will step down from her coaching role at UNH after serving as the head coach for 2 seasons and the program's assistant since 2008. She is also a former Wildcat cheerleader and UNH grad.
Try-outs for 2012-13 cheer squad will be held on Sunday, May 6 at the Field House in Durham, N.H. The new Head Coach Mary LeRose '09 will be posting more information about try-outs soon. Stay tuned to www.unhwildcats.com for more information.
1. University of Texas at San Antonio, 9.500
2. Towson University, 9.065
3. University of New Hampshire, 9.038
4. Sam Houston State University, 8.923
5. Kennesaw State University, 8.868
6. Morgan State University, 8.848
7. Coastal Carolina University, 8.808
8. Central Connecticut State University, 8.580
9. Saint Francis University, 8.535