Jan. 19, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Missouri State University spirit squads had a successful day Saturday (Jan. 19) at the 2013 UCA/UDA Nationals, held at Disney's Wide World of Sports and Disney Hollywood Studios here.
The MSU Cheerleaders finished fifth in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Division 1 finals. It marked the squad's eighth consecutive top-five national finish.
Morehead State successfully defended its Division 1 cheer title, followed by Delaware, Cal State Sacramento, Wichita State and Missouri State.
At the Universal Dance Association Nationals, the Sugar Bears dance team finished ninth in the Division 1 jazz competition and advanced to the finals of Sunday's hip hop competition.
The Sugar Bears have now made the national jazz finals four straight years. Cal State-Fullerton repeated as champions of the division, followed by Hofstra, Southeastern Louisiana, Northern Iowa, Delaware, North Dakota State, Milwaukee, Old Dominion, Missouri State, UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State among the 11 national finalists.
In the hip hop competition, the Sugar Bears advanced to their fifth straight national top 10 finish. Competing with MSU for the national championship on Sunday will be fellow finalists Central Connecticut, Hofstra, Northern Arizona, Saint Joseph's, Southeastern Louisiana, St John's, UC Santa Barbara, Delaware and Milwaukee.
Both the Sugar Bears, coached by Susan Brown, and the MSU Cheer Squad, coached by Tim Williams, earned partially-paid trips to the national event based on their pre-national rankings.
The showcase of the country's best college cheerleaders, dance team performers and mascots, is in its 29th year.
1. Cal St Fullerton
3. Southeastern La.
4. Northern Iowa
6. North Dakota State
8. Old Dominion
9. Missouri State
10. UC Santa Barbara
11. Long Beach State
D1 Cheer Finals
1. Morehead State
3. Cal State Sacramento
4. Wichita State
5. Missouri State