Alma, Mich. - The Alma College cheerleading and STUNT team has earned a bid to the 2019 College STUNT Association National Championships as USA Cheer, the governing body for cheer in the United States, will stage the ninth annual STUNT championships at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.
The double-elimination Championship tournament will feature the all-around top four teams (Varsity and Club) in two separate Open divisions. The Scots will compete in the Open Division II section along with Davenport University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Vanguard University. Alma is scheduled to face OBU at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in Round 1; Davenport and Vanguard will square off at 11:30 a.m. that day. The winners will play each other at 6:15 p.m. for a spot in the championship game while the losers play each other in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. The Scots finished the 2018 season as the national runners-up to Davenport.
The Open Division I teams include Oklahoma State University, Michigan State University, Texas Tech University and Cal Poly. The Division II winner will compete against the Division I winner to determine the Varsity Division National Champion.
"We are excited to welcome these talented teams to our ninth College STUNT National Championship," says Lauri Harris, Executive Director of USA Cheer, which developed the format of STUNT in collaboration with cheerleading experts, women's sports experts and coaches from colleges and universities with long histories of cheerleading excellence. "The coaches and athletes have shown dedication to the sport of STUNT and an enthusiasm for what sets it apart."
Women's STUNT, the new varsity sport derived from cheerleading launched by USA Cheer, is in its ninth season at the college level and fifth for high school. More than 100 colleges have participated in STUNT since 2011, and more than 200 high schools from nine states have participated, making STUNT the fastest growing female sport in the country. Developed to meet the requirements of a sport under Title IX, STUNT takes the athletic skills of cheerleading— partner stunts, jumps, tumbling and pyramids —and creates a full, hour-long format that challenges teams in head-to-head competition.