April 12, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The University of Michigan cheerleading team claimed the national title at the 2013 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship completed today (Friday, April 12). This is the largest college cheer and dance championship in the world.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for our team," said cheerleading coach Pam St. John. "I'm extremely proud of everyone's hard work and effort. It paid off with a flawless performance on the big stage. I couldn't be happier for this group of student-athletes."
The Wolverines won the national championship in the Intermediate Coed I competition after placing second to James Madison University last season. There were 14 institutions in Michigan's division.
This is the first time that the Michigan cheerleading program has claimed the national championship.
Team members include: Lindsay Allen, Ira Brandon, Maureen Conley, Katie Cummings, Alexandria DeLuca, Annie Dreisbach, Chris Fraga, Cassandra Gelov, Jessica Gelov, Evan Hampton, Dominic Haywood, Adam Karpinski, Kenneth Krebs, Kevin Mantay, Tori Martinsen, Patrick McCloskey, Shannon Niznik, Carly Pinkerton, Alexander Rodriguez, William Russell, Jennifer Triplett, Kelsey Vander Wiere, Tierney Wixted.
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