Louisville - The Alma College cheer team earned its seventh consecutive Gold Bid to the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) National Tournament on Tuesday (July 30) at the NCA College Camp at the University of Louisville, qualifying them for the National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida in April 2020. The Scots scored 83 points over four competitions, placing them fifth overall out of 26 teams; the top six teams earned Gold Bids to the National Championship.
"I am so proud of this team and how they represented Alma College amongst sone of the best teams in the country," said Head Coach Michelle Sabourin. "To win our seventh consecutive gold bid is an amazing accomplishment and sets a great foundation to build on for the season ahead!"
Alma finished first in the Game Day competition, earning 15 points and beating out both Davenport and Louisville. It finished in second in the Rally Routine competition for 10 points ahead of the Cardinals, and 10 points for being voted the Most Spirited team at camp. It accumulated its remaining 48 points for being voted among the best all-around team.
Base Brianne Elliott (Walker, Mich. / Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills) and back Brenna Mauer were also named All-Americans at the camp. Mauer became the first freshman in Alma program history to be named an All-American. To earn All-American status, athletes must successfully perform a round back-handspring full-twisting layout, a toe-touch back tuck, and a stunt sequence of a full-up, drop toss, high-to-high tick-to-heel stretch, and a double-down. It is the fifth year in a row at least one Alma athlete was named an All-American and the sixth time overall.