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Dec. 20, 2005

 

 

CUA Cheerleading Squad Ranked No. 4 in Division II/III

Team Vies for National Title in Florida Tournament, Scheduled Jan. 14

 

The CUA cheerleading team will compete for the Division II/III national title in the University Cheerleading Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship Tournament on Jan. 14. The all-girl tournament will be held at the Walt Disney World Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. CUA enters the tournament ranked No. 4 in the country.

 

The CUA squad is one of seven that have earned an automatic berth in the tournament’s semifinal round. The 20-member team will perform a two-minute routine composed of cheering, dancing and stunting/tumbling segments, to the music of TI’s “Bring ’Em Out” and “Joyful, Joyful” – a techno-rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

“It is a great honor for this team to carry the Catholic University banner onto the national stage,” says Head Coach John Malone, who helped initiate the CUA cheering program in 2002 with a team of six students.

 

The tournament, part of a two-day competition series that includes the Division I all-girl national tournament and Division I and Division II/III coed tournaments, will be taped by ESPN and aired on a later date. Approximately 30 to 40 squads are expected to enter the preliminary round. Participating teams received tournament bids and national rankings by submitting video-entry tapes showcasing their cheering routines.

 

This is the first year the CUA team has been selected for the national tournament. “When I came in as a freshman, the team practiced twice a week, and now we practice six or seven times a week,” said Kimberly Pulick, a junior politics/pre-law major from Sound Beach, N.Y., and team captain. “We’re so excited. To be competing at the national level is just a dream.”

 

Coach Malone participated in the tournament series in 1990 as a member of George Mason University’s coed team, which that year won the Division I championship.

 

Interested parties can catch the CUA cheerleading team in action before they depart for Florida during the Jan. 8 CUA Pepsi Classic basketball tournament, as well as the Jan. 11 women’s and men’s home basketball games, held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. All games will be held in CUA’s Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium. For more information, visit http://athletics.cua.edu.

 

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