Competitive cheerleading team crowned NCA National Champions

competitive cheer team poses on the beach with title banner

Brenau University’s competitive cheerleading team claimed its first-ever national title – the National Cheerleading Association title in the Advanced All Girl NAIA division held April 11-13 in Daytona, Florida.

“This team has been so determined from day one to be the absolute best that they could be and to make history for Brenau’s cheerleading program,” Head Coach Bralee Housworth said. “I’m beyond proud of them and I can’t wait to continue to celebrate this huge accomplishment.”

The Golden Tigers opened the competition with a score of 88.7 in the prelims and built a comfortable fourteen point lead over second place Rocky Mountain (Mont.).

Housworth, in her second year coaching the team, was effusive in her praise of the squad’s performance.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better prelim performance from the team. They hit everything and had zero deductions,” she said.

The Golden Tigers rode their strong preliminary round performance into the finals and the squad delivered with a final round score of 84.25, and an overall event score of 85.3 to be crowned national champs.

“The team’s finals performance was fantastic, but we had deductions from a mistake in the pyramid,” Housworth said. “However, I believed that the rest of the performance was strong enough to lead us to a National Championship.”

Avila (Mo.) University finished second with an event score of 74.0125, while Rocky Mountain (73.0125) and Ottawa (Ariz.) University (71.3917) rounded out the top-four finishers.

The squad, which is one of 12 varsity sports in the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Department at Brenau, returns 13 letter winners to next year’s program.

For complete results of the championships, click here.