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OCC’S CHEER TEAM SEEDED FIRST FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Orange Coast College's cheerleading squad, which has captured five national titles since 1996, has been seeded number one in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Cheer and Dance Collegiate Championships, scheduled for April 5-9 in Florida.

Sponsored by the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), the competition will be staged in Daytona Beach. OCC will compete in the All-Girl Category, Division 2.

OCC's cheerleaders captured national championships in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.

OCC's dance team, which has won seven straight national titles, and the stunt team, which captured its first national championship last year, are both seeded first in their respective divisions in the 2006 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National Championships, scheduled for Jan. 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.

Orange Coast's cheerleaders were seeded number one in the NCA Daytona Beach competition based upon audition videos they submitted to the organization earlier this fall. As a result of their number one seeding, the team's hotel accommodations in Florida will be taken care of by the national organization.

"That's a huge benefit for us," says OCC cheer coach, Mike Reynolds. "As a result, we'll save approximately $8,000 in hotel and registration fees."

OCC's 21-member cheer squad is ranked number one in the Division 2 competition. Hawaii Pacific University is number two; Elmira College of Elmira, N.Y. is third; the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is fourth; and Azusa Pacific University of Azusa, Calif. Is fifth.

Other schools that will compete in the division include Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich.; the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; Lindenwood University of St. Charles, Mo.; Iowa Western Community College; Framingham State College of Framingham, Mass.; Assumption College of Worcester, Mass.; New York University; and College Misericordia, of Dallas, Pa.