LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- California Baptist University left the NCA Las Vegas Cheer Camp with yet another “Gold Paid Bid” as it gets set to open its quest for a second NCA National Title.
In a camp with over 300 participants from 10 different schools, CBU went undefeated in the All-Girls Division, taking first place in the game day and rally routines to earn a paid bid to NCA Nationals in Daytona, Fla. for the third straight year.
"The 2013-14 CBU cheer team is off to a great start,” said Head Coach Tami Fleming. “This camp and competition was an excellent way to begin our season and I am thrilled to have brought home the gold bid to nationals for a third year in a row. While I am excited to have won, I am more excited about the ways that God was able to shine through our team. This is a special group of athletes and I believe they are going to do great things on and off the cheer mat."
The Lancers’ score of 144 won the top award by 23 points.
CBU had nine athletes earn Preseason All-American honors at the camp, as the Lancers’ Melissa Knapp, Sara Piecukonis, Callie McCabe, Stevie Greinke, Raven Rivera, Darionne Delpino, Taylor Hendrickson, Cassie Nitz and Christina Johnson took home the honor.
For the first time ever CBU won the "Top Gun" stunt group award, awarded to the best all-girl stunt group at the camp. The Lancers’ team of Hendrickson, Katarina McKnight, Laurisa Galeazzi, and Mara Gates scored the first-time honor for CBU. For the third year in a row, CBU was awarded the "Most Spirited" award as voted on by the other campers, and won the "Most Collegiate" award as voted on by camp instructors and judges.
In the final game day run off, CBU cheer was chosen to represent the All-Girls Division and competed against 3 other co-ed teams, taking second place.
With the impressive early season performance CBU will be featured in an upcoming American Cheerleader Magazine spread.