Last week, the Alma College Competitive Cheer Team traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete in the 2013 NCA College Nationals. Alma College attended NCA camp last July where they qualified and earned a bronze-paid bid to this event.
Ever since then, the team has been working for this opportunity to represent Alma College at the National level. The Scots started the season with the goal to place in the top 10 at nationals and to hit their routine on the mat.
On Thursday, the Scots competed in the preliminary competition where the top 6 teams would automatically advance to finals. The Scots got a perfect score of 10 on their cheer and had an almost perfect routine, with only a small stunt deduction.
The team ended up placing 7th with a score of 80.55, one spot away from clenching an automatic berth to finals. They competed later that day in the challenge cup, hitting a perfect routine with no deductions. The cheer team ended up placing 3rd in the challenge cup with a score of 82.25, only .35 behind the top team. Overall, this placed the Scots ninth in their division.
"For our first time on the national stage, I couldn't be prouder of this team," said Alma Coach Michelle Sabourin. "We hit a perfect routine and gave it everything that we had. Finishing 9th at nationals is a huge accomplishment for a first year team and the returners now have the experience and motivation to come back even stronger next year!"
Sr. captain Jaycee Nelson said, "The work was definitely worth it. Being on stage and leaving it all on the mat at Nationals was a once in a lifetime experience. We really came together as a team and the experience made me realize how much of a family we really are"
The Scots graduate two seniors, Jaycee Nelson and Julie Enzenberger, both of whom played a huge part on this new team.
"Our senior leadership this year was phenomenal," remarked Sabourin. They lead by example both on and off the mat, and really showed the younger girls what it meant to leave with no regrets. Both of these girls gave a huge part of themselves to this program and we wouldn't have been as successful as we were without them."