Jan. 27, 2010
The University of Minnesota spirit squads turned in a dominating performance at the recently completed UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
The squads took a timeout from cheering on the Golden Gophers from the sidelines on Jan. 15-18 and claimed five top-7 performances, including a double national championship by the dance team.
Traditionally one of the nation's strongest programs, the Gophers were once again on top of their game led by the dance team's first-place finishes in both the jazz and pom categories.
"The entire squad was just unbelievable and I could not be more proud of their performance," said head coach Sam Owens. "This competition was extremely fierce, but the overall performance the team turned in was one of the best I have seen and the results really speak for themselves."
After taking third in last year's competition in jazz, the Gopher dance team took their performance to another level to capture this year's national title. The squad then doubled up by taking the top spot in the pom competition.
"Once again the dance team was simply outstanding," Owens said. "Their routines were crisp and clean and the scores reflected just how good the performance was. They were on top of their game."
Goldy Gopher also turned in a stellar performance as the precocious rodent nabbed third place in the mascot completion.
Not to be outdone, the Gophers All-Girl and Co-Ed teams turned in top-7 finishes as well. The Co-Ed squad captured sixth place in just its second appearance ever at national, up from ninth last year. The Co-Ed Squad, meanwhile, placed seventh to make Minnesota the only Division IA squad to post top-10 finishes in all divisions.
Teams from 43 states and 152 universities and colleges competed in the 2010 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, which celebrated its 26th year of competition.