Riverside City College Spirit Teams take on Daytona Beach, FL. On April 5th, 42 athletes representing RCC boarded a flight to the most prestigious event in collegiate cheerleading and dance. The tigers traveled to the NCA/NDA College Cheerleading and Dance National Championships which is held in the infamous Bandshell on Daytona Beach. Yes, the same place where the “Bring It On” movies are set.
This is a journey that began back in August when both the Cheer and Dance Teams earned Gold bids for the event. The bids were won through a highly contested camp event held in Las Vegas, NV. Upon receiving the Gold bids, head coach Rachelle Fawcett decided to spend the season in preparation for an unforgettable trip to Florida.
Upon arriving in Florida the Tigers headed straight to a timed rehearsal. Although exhausted from traveling, the Tigers had a great final rehearsal and were feeling confident. Preliminary rounds of competition began early Thursday morning. The Rally Cats Dance team kicked things off in the Team Performance event. Their performance earned them a spot in finals. Next up were the Cheerleaders. They performed their competition routine which was choreographed by assistant coach Shawna Seyler. It was enough to earn the cheerleaders a spot in the Division III All-Girl finals. Later that afternoon, the Rally Cats also captured a spot in jazz finals with a routine choreographed by assistant coach Erika Goe. What a way to start things off!
Friday was Finals day. Both teams took to the stage and had the opportunity to do what very few athletes from junior colleges get to experience. RCC is one of a handful of junior colleges that are able to attend an event such as this. Our athletes rubbed shoulders with the best in college cheer and dance. Cheer finished 11th place, which was the highest ranking Jr. College in their division. The Rally Cats Dance team brought home a 4th place in Team Performance and 3rd place in jazz.
Upon completion of the competition, the Tigers enjoyed the beautiful beaches of Florida and spent a few days in Orlando at the Walt Disney World resorts. It was a successful and memorable trip which capped the 10th year of the program under the director of Rachelle Fawcett.