Nov. 4, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State cheerleaders will travel to Walt Disney World, Jan. 13-16, to compete for the 2006 College Cheerleading National Championship. Ohio State recently won the Northeast Region competition to qualify for the national competition for the 17th time in the last 19 years.
"We think we had a strong performance this fall and have a great routine," Judy Bunting, head cheerleading coach, said. "We are very talented in our partner stunts this year and also do well with pyramids. We look forward to the opportunity to improve on last year's finish."
Ohio State finished sixth at the competition last season after placing 15th in 2004, seventh in 2003 and sixth in 2002. The Buckeyes earned a second-place finish in 2001 and placed sixth in 2000. Ohio State won the 1993 College Cheerleading National Championship.
By winning their region, the Buckeyes received an automatic bid to the national competition, as well as free transportation and hotel accommodations. Ohio State joins Minnesota (Mid-America Region), Kentucky and Alabama (South Region) and Hawaii (West Region) as regional champions. The other teams from the Northeast Region to advance to the national championship competition are Cincinnati, Kent State, Penn State and Syracuse.
The national competition will be televised by ESPN and aired at a later date.
2005 Northeast Region Results
1. Ohio State
3. Kent State
4. Penn State
Other Regional Winners/Automatic Bids
Mid-America Region: Minnesota; South Region: Kentucky and Alabama; West Region: Hawaii.
Also Receiving Invitations/At-Large Bids: Ball State, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kent State, Louisiana State, Memphis, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.
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