Aug 29, 2013
NC State cheerleading enjoyed its finest NCA Collegiate Camp outing in program history this month, setting a school record with 19 student athletes capturing All-America honors and earning multiple berths to the NCA Nationals, to be held next April.
"We treat our camp experience as a preseason competition," said NC State head cheerleading coach Harold Trammel. "We felt that we did very well this year. We hit our routines, and put ourselves in a good position against top teams like Louisville, South Carolina, and Georgia. We're excited about having our all-girl group win Top Gun Stunts, which sets us up well for competing at UCA stunt partner nationals."
Abbie Tucker, Megan Holzer, Allison Haller, and Morgan Pierce won Top Gun Stunts in the group stunt category, marking the first time NC State cheerleaders have captured that honor.
"We've been working together for three years," said Holzer. "Our first year we had a disappointing finish, last year we made the top three, coming into this year our goal was to win. Going up against 18 different groups, it's nerve-wracking to be there in front of all of your competition.
We were the second to last group to go, and had watched almost every group hit their stunt. After we finished our routine, we knew we'd be in the top three again, but weren't sure that we'd win until they called our names at the awards ceremony. It's exciting to be the first group to win for NC State."
A total of 17 cheerleaders were named All-Americans, the most in NC State program history: Nigeste Carter, Ali Murphy, Madison Holder, Kristen Wilcox, Kaylee Smith, Christiana Tibruzi, Meredith Hamlet, Sydney Major, Megan Holzer, Dana Saad, Allison Shores, Brandon Parker, Haley Davis, Kara Collins, Allison Haller, Abbie Tucker and Taylor Wilson.
"The NCA increased the difficulty for making All-America this year by including more advanced skills," said Hamlet. "It's an honor to earn something that we've strived for all of our lives. I've been cheering since I was seven, so being named an All-American pays off a lot of hard work."
Additionally, Mr. and Ms. Wuf were named mascot All-Americans. Ms. Wuf won Best All Around Mascot and received a bid to compete at the NCA College Nationals in April.
The Pack's small and large coed teams each placed second in Game Day and Rally Routine competitions. The large coed group won a gold paid bid to Nationals Small coed will join them at Nationals after claiming a silver paid bid. The paid bids include hotel accommodations for the national championship.
"We've started the year on a great note," said Sheldron Fulcher, a member of the large coed squad. "We have a strong and talented program going, and everything is looking good for nationals right now. We're already focused for the national championship, but this camp experience is an accomplishment that will help people realize the talent in our program."