April 10, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Baylor competitive cheer won its first-ever national championship in the first event of evening, the five-element stunt event, in the NCATA Individual Events Championships at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday night.
"I was really proud," head coach Karry Forsythe said. "They hit it so solid tonight. It was an incredible feeling to be the first team announced of the entire evening."
Freshmen Katie Collier and Madeline French and junior Nicole Allison competed in a five-element stunt event against Oregon, Quinnipiac and Maryland. The Bears topped the competition with a score of 9.63. Oregon followed with a score of 9.60. Quinnipiac finished with a 9.52 and Maryland with a 9.44.
"I'm just so proud of my team and everything we've been through this week," Allison said. "To walk away with something is awesome. It's the first national championship for Baylor competitive cheer and to be a part of that is a huge honor."
"It was very exciting," Collier said. "The three of us have worked together the whole year and just to go out there one last time and get rewarded for that is such a great feeling."
"I feel so blessed to be a part of the program," French said. "This is so great for Baylor and I am so happy and proud to be a part of it all."
Aside from the five-element stunt event, the Bears took second place in the Pyramid Event and in the Ariel Tumbling Pass Event.
Fairmont State and Azusa Pacific also took home one title each in the Individual Skill Events Championships. No. 2 seed Maryland took home four titles while top-seeded Oregon took six titles.
The four highest scores earned throughout the regular season - including the four skill events and the team event - at NCATA sanctioned meets qualified for event finals at the championship.
|Basket Toss 1||8.50||-||9.40||8.60||9.35||-|
|Basket Toss 2||-||8.75||-||9.20||9.45||8.65|