The Catholic University of America

Jan. 23, 2006

CUA Cheerleading Places Fifth in National Tournament

The CUA cheerleading team holds a No. 5 national ranking in the Division II/III All-Girl Division after placing fifth in the University Cheerleading Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship Tournament, held Jan. 13 to 15 at the Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.

The CUA squad was one of 12 teams that qualified for the tournament's semifinal round and one of seven to advance to the final round. Approximately 30 to 40 squads were considered for semifinal bids. Approximately 10,000 people attended the tournament.

"I am really proud of this group. They stepped onto the performance mat and performed brilliantly," said Head Coach John Malone. "We achieved every goal we set for our first time on the national stage."

The squad will continue to cheer during CUA men's and women's home basketball games throughout each team's respective season. For more information on basketball schedules, visit

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,