Alma, Mich. - The Alma College cheer team, reigning NCA Division III All-Girl Advanced division champions, began its season recently at the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) College Camp in Louisville, where it earned a Gold Bid to the NCA Nationals, placed second in the Game Day run-off and second overall across the three-day camp.
This is the sixth consecutive year Alma has earned a Gold Bid to nationals in the seven-year existence of the program. The Scots won the Game Day routine in their All-Girl Advanced division which allowed them to move on to the run-off portion where each division winner competes against each other. Alma also finished second in the All-Girl Advanced Rally Routine and walked away with 107 total points over the entire competition, second only to Davenport (109 points). Teams earn points for their placement in competitions and earn votes from other teams and staff towards the best all-around team at camp.
Senior Jillian Jegla (Westphalia, Mich./Pewamo-Westphalia) was named an All-American for the second straight year at the camp. To earn All-American status, athletes must successfully perform a round-off back handspring full, a toe tuck, and an elite stunt sequence. It is the fourth year in a row an Alma Scot was named an All-American and fifth time overall.
The first two days of the NCA camp are focused on learning new material, creating routines, and preparing for the upcoming season, leading up to the final day when the teams compete for top honors in their division and ultimately a bid to the NCA College Nationals. Bids to the NCA College Nationals are awarded based on the overall points earned at the camp and the number of bids is based on the number of athletes and teams in attendance.
The Alma College cheer and STUNT team will resume competition in early 2019.