DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The Rutgers University dance team placed fourth at the National Cheerleading Association/National Dance Team Association (NCA/NDA) Championships in Daytona, FL, on Saturday, April 5.
The two-day competition began on Friday, April 4, with preliminary competition. The championships included 90 schools representing three divisions. Divisions were separated based on a school’s football team. Rutgers, competing in Division IA, ended its preliminary routine on Friday ranked 10th.
Rankings are awarded after the preliminary competition is complete and it is uncharacteristic for a team to improve much on their preliminary mark. Rutgers’ jump to fourth on the final day of competition was a substantial improvement, making head coach Christine Zoffinger proud.
“Even though this wasn’t our highest ranking, this year was the most exciting for me, because we moved up so much on the second day,” said Zoffinger. “Our team worked very hard to move up. It shows that hard work pays off.”
The Scarlet Knights, who finished third in last year’s competition, have placed in the top five in the country the past eight years.
The University of Louisville took top honors, while Bringham Young and USC placed second and third respectively.
The NCA/NDA Championships will air nationally on CBS on Saturday, April 26.