The Oregon stunts and gymnastics team is heading to the NCA National Championships on Thursday and Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla. In their first season as a program under head coach Felecia Mulkey, the Ducks have won six of eight competitions.
The NCA (National Cheerleaders Association) National Championships are a multi-divisional competitive cheerleading competition that takes place over the course of nine days at the outdoor Daytona Beach Bandshell. Oregon is competing in the All-Girl IA Division along with Michigan State, Penn State, NC State, South Carolina, Maryland, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Georgia, Illinois and defending national champion Louisville. Maryland won three-straight titles before being upset by the Cardinals in 2009.
Oregon will compete at 9:10 a.m. on Thursday in the preliminary round before the final competition is held at 5:50 p.m. on Friday. FOX SPORTS NET will air the finals on the weekend of April 24-25 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Mulkey and the Ducks have a special surprise for the fans and judges at the competition, as they will be unveiling a new pyramid that no all-girl team has ever attempted.
Teams qualified for the All-Girl IA division by sending in a video tape from one of their competitions this season. NCA officials watched the tapes and selected the best teams in the country to compete. Some teams also qualified by winning other NCA competitions this year.
The Ducks will only be performing their traditional team routine only, as this is not a National Competitive Stunts and Tumbling Association formatted event, as were the Ducks’ two home meets this season. The last time the Ducks competed against this size and quality of a field, they placed third at the Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.
Assistant coach Angela Ucci will be checking in with GoDucks.com while in Daytona Beach the next four days with blogs posts and updates from the road. Be sure to check back frequently.
You can also be a fan of the Oregon stunts and gymnastics team on FACEBOOK where Mulkey, Ucci and student-athletes will be touching base with fans.
THURSDAY PRELIMS SCHEDULE
1. Michigan State – 9:01 AM
2. Oregon – 9:10 AM
3. Penn State – 9:18 AM
4. NC State – 9:27 AM
5. South Carolina – 9:36 AM
6. Maryland – 9:44 AM
7. Ohio State – 9:53 AM
8. Pittsburgh – 10:02 AM
9. Louisville – 10:10 AM
10. Georgia – 10:19 AM
11. Illinois – 10:28 AM
PAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
All-Girl IA Cheer (Separated into All Girl I & II in 1999)
2009 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
2008 University of Maryland - College Park, MD
2007 University of Maryland - College Park, MD
2006 University of Maryland - College Park, MD
2005 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
2004 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
2003 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
2002 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
2001 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
2000 Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
1999 University of Maryland - College Park, MD
1998 University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
1997 Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
1996 Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK
1995 Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK
1994 University at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
1993 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
1992 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
1991 Faulkner State College Bay - Minette, AL
1990 Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK