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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 25, 2008

Cheer Team Takes Third at Nationals

MARYVILLE, Mo.-The Northwest Missouri State University cheerleaders took third place this January in the 2008 Universal Cheerleaders Association College Nationals (Division II.) Numerous teams from around the nation submitted applications to perform and only eleven were chosen to compete for this honor. The full routine Northwest performed will be aired at 2p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.

The teams that performed were judged on the execution and difficulty of certain stunts and cheers. Some of the moves they were judged on include basket tosses, pyramids, partner stunts, tumbling, crowd leading ability and their overall collegiate image. These moves were all fitted together into a 2.5-minute routine and performed to music. Some of the songs Northwest used included: "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins; "What you know about that" T.I.; "Remember the name" Fort Minor and "We run it" 50 cent.

The second part of the competition was the cheer category. In this category the cheerleaders performed a cheer and were judged on their overall crowd leading abilities. The final part of the competition was the crowd's score. Northwest was one of three schools to receive a perfect score in this category. Pittsburg State and West Georgia were the other two Universities to receive this achievement.

The Bearcats finished the competition with 338 out of 400 possible points. Third place ties for the highest placing in Northwest history. The University of West Georgia won the competition with 370 points and Columbus State University finished second with 343 points.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468