2016-08-24 / LifeStyles

Limestone cheerleaders earn paid bid to nationals

After making National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Nationals for the first time in program history last season, the Limestone College cheerleading team has already punched their ticket to Daytona by earning a Silver Paid Bid this week at the NCA College Cheer Camp hosted by Furman University.

Over the course of the week, the Saints cheer team had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best coaches in the country as well as with many local teams. Seven teams from the Carolinas were in attendance including four Division I teams: Gardner-Webb, Elon, Presbyterian and Furman.

“The team had a great experience at camp this year,” said head coach Hailey Martin. “They were able to quickly pick up on elite stunts, pyramids and basket tosses, which is awesome as this is a very young team.”

At the end of the camp, the teams were split into divisions for the preliminary portion of the overall competition. The Saints were able to snag first place in the Small Coed DII Division and, based on their scores, moved on to the Game Day Runoff competition that included the best from all of the divisions.

In this portion of the competition the Blue and Gold were put up against the likes of Gardner-Webb and Elon, with each team vying for the coveted Silver Paid Bid to Nationals. After all was said and done, the Limestone cheer team finished atop the podium while Gardner- Webb took home second with Elon in third.

“Our goal for camp was to not only enhance our skills and grow as a team, but also to capture a Silver Paid Bid to Nationals for a second year,” added Martin.

The Saints were also named as the “Most Spirited” team throughout the camp as voted on by the teams in attendance.

“I’m very proud of the team for achieving their goal and I look forward to how this team’s skills will develop as they have already exceeded my expectations.”

NCA Nationals will take place this year from April 5-9, 2017 in Daytona, Fla. The Saints were able to finish eighth in their division last season. After finishing just outside of the top-8 in prelims, the Blue and Gold rallied behind a near-perfectly executed routine in the Challenge Cup round to qualify for the finals.

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