Assistant Head Cheerleading Coach, and Rotarian, Grant Peterson, receives another Championship Ring (He has a total of 5!!!)- Grant shares U of M’s recent success at Daytona Beach!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The University of Michigan cheer team double-dipped at the 2019 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship on Friday (April 5), taking home the first Game Day IA category victory in program history and winning its fifth Intermediate Coed Division IA championship in seven years.
“I was really happy to see this group of student-athletes win this year,” said head coach Pam St. John. “This is a special group that has worked very hard and dedicated themselves in every way to represent Michigan at the highest level and create a championship culture.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for the University of Michigan to come to nationals and win not one, but two national titles in different divisions on the same weekend. We are beyond excited and proud of the entire group for doing so.”
In the Game Day IA division, U-M’s team of cheer, dance and band members sat in second behind Southern Methodist after the Wolverines marked a 93.08 that included a 1.25-point deduction in preliminary competition Thursday (April 4). Conversely, the Mustangs secured a 97.53 and were the team to beat heading into finals.
Michigan responded Friday with a flawless routine that resulted in a 97.97. With SMU scoring 96.37 in the finals, the Wolverines securing the title by the slimmest of margins with a two-day score of 96.7459 compared to SMU’s 96.6584.
Michigan qualified for Friday’s Intermediate Coed IA finals by posting the best score in Thursday’s prelims with a tally of 97.57. In the finals routine, the Wolverines once again showed out, scoring an impressive 98.27 to widen its edge on second-place East Carolina and earn the title with a two-day mark of 98.0917, a point and a half ahead of the Pirates (96.5792).
“I want to thank all of our administration for the assistance and support we are given,” said St. John, who led U-M to four straight Intermediate Coed I titles starting in 2013. “Our program is fortunate to have the full support of one of the greatest athletic departments in the entire country, and we would not be in this position if it wasn’t for all the resources we are provided.”