St. John's Dance And Cheer Teams Finish Strong At Nationals

Jan. 23, 2009

QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's University dance and cheer teams competed in the 2009 UCA/UDA College Nationals this past weekend in Orlando, Fla. The event was successful for both squads, as the dance team reached the finals in its competition and the cheer squad made it to the semifinals.

In its 10th straight appearance at the national event, the dance team was pre-ranked No. 7 out of 20 in the competition after finishing seventh in 2008. The dance team competed in two divisions: dance and hip hop. In the dance division, the squad finished in seventh place, beating out many local teams such as Hofstra and Fordham.

"Our goal this year for dance was to make it into the final round of competition, which we did," said head dance coach Christine McCarton. "We were in fourth place after semifinals, before we dropped back to seventh."

In hip hop, the Red Storm qualified for the finals and after the last round of competition ended in 11th place overall.

"The girls have been practicing hard for the past three months for this competition and we hope to take the experience into next year and work to finish even better," McCarton said.

The cheer team competed in its first nationals since the 2005 season. The Red Storm fought through into the semifinal round and finished 11th in the entire event, just missing the cut for the final round.

"The team really wanted to go down there and perform well," said head cheer coach Audra Brown. "It was the first time for a lot of the team members, and I'm really proud of everyone. They had a very solid performance and I look forward to next year's event."

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