April 11 2016
The Elmira College cheerleading team overcame a season of adversity to win bronze at the 2016 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Nationals, marking the third straight season the Soaring Eagles have placed third in the biggest competition of the season.
After finishing fourth out of 14 teams in the All-Girl Division III preliminaries on Thursday, where the Purple and Gold received a score of 90.63, Elmira saw an improvement of 1.60 points in the final round and earned a score of 92.23. EC was second among the eight finalists in the jumps category with 9.23 out of 10.00, while tying for second in the baskets category with 9.20.
"It is hard to put into words how proud I am of our accomplishment," exclaimed head coach Amber Myers. "The team was exciting to watch, and for the first time in three years, we kept our pyramid in the air and hit a near-perfect routine."
Heading into this year's NCA College Nationals, Myers stated her team's goal was to finish among the top-three teams in the nation. The Soaring Eagles accomplished that goal with a third straight bronze medal.
"I am happy that our seniors leave the program feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment," Myers said. "For our returners, we have so much to build upon and look forward to next year. Third in the nation feels amazing."
Davenport University successfully defended its title from last season, winning the 2016 NCA College Nationals with a day two score of 95.75. Montclair State University once again took home silver with a 94.00. Although Bridgewater State University placed second in the preliminary round, the Bears fell two spots and placed fourth a mere 23-hundredths of a point behind EC. SUNY Cortland (90.88) rounded out the top-five.
Davenport University – 95.75
Montclair State University – 94.00
Elmira College – 92.23
Bridgewater State University – 92.20
SUNY Cortland – 90.88
Stevenson University – 86.60
St. Gregory's University – 84.98
Framingham State University – 83.53