Jan. 16, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Missouri State University Cheer Squad and Sugar Bears dance team are both competing for national honors in their respective categories at the 2013 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship here, January 17-19. The national event, which is held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disneyr World Resort.
On Saturday, the Sugar Bears will compete in the Division 1 Hip Hop semifinals with a scheduled 11:17 a.m. (Central) performance. The top 10 teams from the 17 semifinal performances will advance to Sunday's Hip Hop national finals, starting at 9 a.m. The Sugar Bears will also compete in the Jazz division which begins with a semifinal performance at 3:54 p.m. (Central) on Saturday with 11 finalists from the 21-team field competiting in Saturday's finals, starting at 8:15 p.m.
Saturday evening, the MSU Cheerleaders will compete in the Division I national finals with five other top-ranked teams. Missouri State is scheduled for a 7:43 p.m. performance and will be competiting with fellow finalists Stony Brook, Delaware, Northwestern State, Wichita State and Morehead State for the national title.
Video footage of the competition can be seen on www.varsity.com again this years. The top teams from nationals will be featured in the nationally-televised event highlight show which will air on ESPN later this spring.
The prestigious competition, which showcases the country's best college cheerleaders, dance team performers and mascots, is marking its 30th year.
In 2013, the Sugar Bears finished seventh in the Hip-Hop competition and ninth in Division 1 Jazz category. The MSU Cheerleaders finished fifth a year ago but have finished in the top three in the Division I Cheer competition four of the last five years.