Maggie Moore and DeAnne Roark, former Calallen High School cheerleaders and current members of the University of Texas-Arlington's coed cheer squad, along with their squad, won the national title at the NCA National Collegiate Championships.
The competition was held April 7-11 at Daytona Beach, Fla. The UTA cheer squad brought home gold, competing against 11 other universities at the collegiate championships. After being ranked second overall and first in crowd involvement in prelims the first day, the squad placed themselves in great position and were able to take it all in finals on day 2.
Moore and Roark cheered together at Calallen and continued at Texas Arlington. For the past four years they have watched the team grow in numbers and talent. At national competition they placed ninth their freshman year, fifth as sophomores, second as juniors and, finally, first place their senior year.
"Our squad has definitely grown together," Moore, fine arts senior and team captain, said. "After getting second last year and realizing we could win, most of the team came back. I've never seen my squad more focused."
Roark, still competing with a re-injured ACL, said all of the years of hard work and sacrifice were "definitely worth it" with a National Championship victory. The entire team spent their spring break practicing more than six hours a day in preparation.
Team members wore tape around their ring fingers to signify the National Championship ring they would receive for first place at the competition and to remind themselves of why they were training so hard and what was at stake. The teams' goal was to "replace the tape" with a championship ring.
The team will be featured during the televised broadcast of the competition on Fox Sports Net that airs Saturday and Sunday, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.