Gopher Spirit Squads Shine Again at Nationals

Go Gophers! The Gopher dance team claimed national titles in both jazz and pom.
Go Gophers!
The Gopher dance team claimed national titles in both jazz and pom.
Go Gophers!

Jan. 17, 2012

Jan. 17, 2012

Strong performances on a national stage are becoming a staple of the University of Minnesota spirit squads. Once again, the Gophers proved themselves among the best in the nation at the 2012 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando over the weekend.

For the third straight year, the Gophers' dance team placed first in both in the jazz and pom divisions, an almost unparalleled achievement in consistency for the squad.

Goldy Gopher also turned in a solid routine to place fifth overall. It was the second straight top-5 finish for the Minnesota mascot, who captured the national title in last year's event.

The Gophers' Gold All-Girl squad was again among the best in the nation, placing fifth with a rock-solid routine. It was the second straight top-5 placing for the Gold squad after a third-place finish a year ago.

The Gophers' Maroon coed team was the top performing squad in the Big Ten and placed eighth overall. It was a four-spot improvement over 2011 for the coed squad.

All of the Gophers' routines can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

2012 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship Results

Division IA Pom
1 University of Minnesota - video
2 University of Memphis
3 University of Cincinnati
4 Ohio State University
5 University of Oklahoma
6 University of Kentucky
7 University of Colorado
8 University of Iowa

Division IA Jazz
1 University of Minnesota - video
2 University of Tennessee
3 Arizona State University
4 Louisiana State University
5 Florida State University
6 Ohio State University
7 University of Colorado
8 University of Mississippi
9 University of Wisconsin
10 University of Iowa

All Girl Division I
1 Indiana University
2 University of Memphis
3 Morehead State University
4 San Diego State University
5 University of Minnesota - video
6 Florida State University
7 University of South Florida
8 Western Kentucky University
9 Rutgers University
10 Temple University

Division IA Coed Cheer
1 University of Kentucky
2 University of Alabama
3 UCF
4 University of Memphis
5 University of Tennessee
6 University of Mississippi
7 University of Hawaii
8 University of Minnesota - video
9 Ohio State University
10 University of Kansas

Mascot Division IA
1 Auburn University - "Aubie"
2 University of Oklahoma - "Boomer"
3 Louisiana State University - "Mike"
4 University of Colorado - "Chip"
5 University of Minnesota - "Goldy Gopher" - video
6 University of Alabama - "Big AL"
7 University of Tennessee - "Smokey"
8 Michigan State University - "Sparty"
9 University of Southern Mississippi - "Seymour"
10 University of Iowa - "Herky the Hawk"