DONALDSON – On Sunday, the Ancilla College Cheer Team traveled to Grand Rapids, MI to compete in the Saints Showdown hosted by Aquinas College where they tied for second place with Michigan State University with a score of 72.23 out of 100.
The Chargers were the only two year school that competed in the non-NAIA division which consisted of five teams; Michigan State University, Olivet College, Adrian College, Davenport University, and Ancilla.
"The team has spent a lot of time working on this routine over the last couple of weeks to up the difficulty that they perform," said head coach Kaylee Feece. "To go against only four year schools with very established programs, and to hang right in there with them score wise, speaks volumes about the talent and drive that this teams has. We were the only team in our division who didn't have a stunt fall, which really helped us be successful. We had a few timing errors, but overall, the routine is considered a hit."
Ancilla was scored by three judges in stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, tumbling and jumps which were all scored out of five along with their difficulty that was also scored out of five. The team was also judged on choreography, showmanship, execution, and overall difficulty which were each scored out of 10. The three judges scores out of 100 were then averaged together to get the overall score and any deductions were then subtracted.
"We did unfortunately see a 1.25 point deduction," commented Feece. "However, it is something that we will continue to work and are capable of fixing for the next time we take the floor. Ultimately, each time we are on the mat is preparation for our overall goal which is Nationals in Myrtle Beach. This team has pushed hard and we are in our final thirty day stretch. We will continue to work to add difficulty and fix timing before we head to Adrian in March."
The Cheer team will compete again on March 5th at the Bulldog Battle in Adrian, MI hosted by Adrian College.