The Cardinal Cheerleaders ended the 2011 National Cheerleaders Association nationals competition with a second-place finish.
After coming in third during Thursday’s semi-final round in Daytona, Fla., the Cardinals rallied during Friday’s finals performance. However, the team’s improvement was not enough to outscore the Navarro College cheerleaders, which took first place in both rounds of competition.
Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleading Coach Charlie Hueber said that although he would have loved to have earned a first-place trophy in his first year as coach of the Cardinals, he is very happy and proud of the group’s overall performance and second-place standing.
“At first of course we were disappointed, but for us to have missed a year of competition, and then for us to have only one member who has competed in nationals before, second place is really good,” said Hueber.
The freshman-heavy Cardinals ended up with a final score of 9.3, four-tenths of a point behind Navarro’s final score of 9.7. The third-place team, Tyler Junior College, came in with a final score of 8.7.
Hueber said he was proud to see his team improve considerably on Thursday’s performance.
“We cleaned up some things and ended strong,” he said.
TVCC has been named the best junior college cheer team in the nation by the NCA nine times – in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008.
The last time the Cardinal Cheerleaders competed in the NCA nationals was in 2009. The team placed second that year.
This is the third year in a row that Navarro has taken the top title. The two cheerleading powerhouses have traded first- and second-place positions for many years during the NCA nationals.
Hueber said the team is already looking to next year.
“Our goal is, because we have so many rookies this year, to have them all come back and mix with a strong class of new recruits,” said Hueber.