Jan. 13, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State cheerleaders placed seventh at the Universal Cheerleaders Association's 2003 College Cheerleading National Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Saturday. The Buckeyes finished second among Big Ten schools, finishing just behind Penn State who came in sixth. Other conference schools at the competition included Indiana, Illinois and Michigan State.
Central Florida claimed the National Championship, dethroning Kentucky and ending a streak of eight-consecutive titles by the Wildcats.
Head choreographer Eddie Hollins was proud of his squad's performance and the time and effort put in during the last two months. The cheer was executed perfect according to Hollins with excellent tumbling and partner stunts throughout the routine. A couple minor miscues on partner stunts and a pyramid are what caused the Buckeyes to fall out of the Top 5.
"I was very pleased with the performance overall," Hollins said. "We had some very difficult pyramids and transition stunts. The team worked very hard over the last couple of months and I'm very proud of the hard work and effort put forth by the squad."
Members of the 2003 nationals squad included Katy Adcock, Lauren Boccia, Andi Carty, Patrick Fogarty, Mike Fresch, Amy Hawkins, Joe Jackson, Nick Pfeifer, Dave Reinke, Candice Shubert, Paul Tapaszi, Erik Von Hoch, Tara Zinslen, Shaun Yancik, Derek Sinclair and Alan Ray.
Final Results: 1. University of Central Florida 2. University of Kentucky 3. University of Alabama 4. University of Tennessee 5. University of Cincinnati 6. Pennsylvania State University 7. Ohio State University 8. University of Wisconsin-Madison 9. Louisiana State University 10. Mississippi State University 11. Indiana University 12. University of Hawaii 13. Eastern Michigan University 14. University of Illinois 15. University of South Florida 16. Arizona State University 17. University of South Carolina
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