Jan. 19, 2012
Cheerleaders Performance I Sugar Bears Jazz Performance I Sugar Bears Hip Hop Performance
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Missouri State University spirit squads recently returned from a successful trip to the 2012 UCA/UDA Nationals, held Jan. 13-15 at Disney's Wide World of Sports and Disney Hollywood Studios here.
The MSU Cheerleaders finished third in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Division 1 finals. It marked the fourth straight year that Missouri State has finished third and the squad's seventh consecutive top-five national finish.
Morehead State won the Division 1 cheer title, followed by Delaware, Missouri State, Texas State and Wichita State to round out the top five finalists.
At the Universal Dance Association Nationals, the Sugar Bears dance team finished fifth in the Division 1 jazz competition and 10th in the hip hop category.
The Sugar Bears have made the national jazz finals three straight years and have finished in the top five in back-to-back events. Cal State-Fullerton won the division, followed by Hofstra, North Dakota State, Long Beach State and Missouri State which rounded out the top five in the 21-team field.
In the hip hop competition, the Sugar Bears posted their fourth straight national top 10 finish. Among the 18 national qualifiers, the top 10 place winners were (in order): Hofstra, Delaware, Southeastern Louisiana, Milwaukee, St. John's, St. Joseph's, Eastern Kentucky, College of Charleston, George Mason, and Missouri State.
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.
Video footage of the competition can be seen on from the links above. The top teams from this year's event will be featured in the nationally-televised event highlight show which will air on ESPN later this spring.
In 2012, the prestigious competition, which showcases the country's best college cheerleaders, dance team performers and mascots, marked its 28th year.