Jan. 18, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Alabama cheer squad won the 2011 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships, hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), on Sunday. The UCA sanctioned national championship event from Jan. 14-17 was held at the Jostens Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the Disney properties.
The Crimson Tide cheerleaders composed a top notch performance that was better than 14 other schools at the national competition. The championship for the Tide is the first since 1984, according to head cheer squad coordinator David McDowell.
"It's awesome for our program," McDowell said. "To be so close every year and not being able to get over the top, it says a lot for us to go down there and put a routine on the floor that was better than everybody else. It speaks volumes for our kids and what they have gone through this year. We're all excited and get ready to start again for next year."
To view Alabama's national championship winning performance CLICK HERE.
All three components to the Alabama spirit squad competed in the competition. The mascot competition kicked off the event on Friday night with UA's "Big Al" collecting a seventh place finish. Alabama's Dance Team, the Crimson Cabaret, finished 12th overall in the Division IA Jazz group, during Saturday's schedule of events at the 2011 College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships.
2011 College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships Results Division IA Final Results
3. Central Florida
6. Western Kentucky
9. Ohio State
11. Mississippi State
Division IA Jazz Final Results
3. Florida State
5. Arizona State
6. Michigan State
11. Ohio State
Mascot Division IA Final Results
1. Minnesota - "Goldy Gopher"
2. Auburn - "Aubie"
3. Colorado - "Chip"
4. Michigan State - "Sparty"
5. LSU - "Mike the Tiger"
6. Oklahoma - "Boomer"
7. Alabama - "Big AL"
8. Tennessee - "Smokey"
9. Central Florida - "Knightro"
10. Syracuse - "Otto the Orange"