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    Sept. 2, 2011

    NC State Cheerleaders and Mascots Earn Preseason Awards

     

    The NC State Cheerleaders and Mascots have done it again!  Last week, for the fifth year in a row, the cheerleaders brought home a gold (full paid) bid to the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance National Championship in Daytona Beach, FL.  Earlier this month, Small Coed also returned to Raleigh with its third straight bid to College Nationals since the team was created in 2009.  Both Large Coed and Small Coed will compete in their respective categories for a Division 1A National Championship next spring.

    In 2007, the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) began giving out full and partial paid bids to College Nationals during its preseason NCA Collegiate Cheer Camps.  Since then, the NC State Cheerleading program has received top honors at camp every year.  This summer, the Small Coed team attended camp at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC, while a combination of student-athletes from both Large Coed and Small Coed attended a second camp in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

    NCA's preseason camps consist of several different competitions taking place over a span of two to four days.  The two major components of camp are the Game Day and Rally Routine competitions.  The Game Day competition requires each team to perform a forty-five second spirit routine composed primarily of crowd oriented cheers and game day skills.  In the Rally Routine competition, teams perform a scaled down version of a more traditional collegiate competition routine.  The team rankings from these competitions, along with several other factors, are combined to determine the types of bids awarded to each camp team.  In addition to competing for bids and qualifying for College Nationals, preseason camp is also a time for the cheerleaders to learn new skills and interact with other top teams from across the United States.

        After quite a successful summer, NC State Cheerleading has once again defined itself as one of the top cheerleading programs in the nation.  For the third consecutive year, the Small Coed squad received first place in the Game Day competition at Methodist College.  At Myrtle Beach, the Large Coed team earned second place nods in both the Game Day and Rally Routine competitions.  Large Coed was also recognized as the Most Collegiate cheer team at the Myrtle Beach camp, an award NC State prides itself on winning nearly every summer.  A significant number of NC State cheerleaders were also recognized as NCA Collegiate All-Americans.  This year's NC State All-Americans include Nick Feamster, Rianna Riddle, Meredith Schooley, Megan Holzer, Marshall Hobbs, Danielle Hodges, Mary Mitchell, Morgan Price, Abigail Tucker, Kathleen Gehrke, and Brittany Cross.

    The NC State Mascots also contributed to the program's outstanding summer resume.  Representing one of the only universities throughout the country with two competitive mascots, Mr. Wuf and Ms. Wuf attended the Myrtle Beach camp.  In typical Wolfpack fashion, Mr. Wuf was named Most Collegiate mascot while Ms. Wuf received the title of Best All-Around.  Ms. Wuf also received an early bid to this year's NCA Mascot National Championship, which will take place in April.  Head Mascot Coach Lee Whitlow was pleased with the efforts of his athletes, noting that a strong showing at camp is essential for Mr. and Ms. Wuf to be effective during the regular season.

    Overall, the entire cheerleading program accomplished many of its major summer goals at both camps.  Additionally, a large majority of the cheerleaders attending camp this summer were first-year student-athletes, making the team's achievements all the more impressive.  Moving forward, the cheerleaders will utilize their summer experiences to continue building a solid foundation for the upcoming season.  Over the next week and a half, the cheerleaders and mascots will be busy preparing for NC State's first football game against Liberty University on September 3, 2011.  Heading into this year's regular season, Head Cheerleading Coaches Harold Trammel (Large Coed) and Annette Trammel (Small Coed) have expressed satisfaction with their team's summer performances and look forward to competing for the top spots in all of college cheerleading this spring.


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