The weekend of every cheerleader's dreams just came and went. Universal Cheerleaders Association Nationals was held at the Walt Disney Resort over the weekend and was a huge success. Thousands of college cheerleaders and dancers from all over the country came together with one goal in mind. To take home that trophy and bring back the title of "national champions."

TCNJ represented the state of New Jersey this weekend in Florida and made us proud. There were 44 states representing, 99 dance teams, 123 cheerleading teams, 415 performances, and our TCNJ cheerleaders took home second place in the Open All-Girl division.

Watching them perform in their yellow and blue uniforms was breathtaking. From their standing back tucks, their fullup libs, all the way to their sky-high basket tosses, the girls killed their two-and-a-half-minute routine.

As a former cheerleader myself, I know the intensity that comes with performing on that UCA stage. There is no other feeling like it in the world. You work tirelessly for months just to get two shots at nailing a perfect routine. And you only get two shots if you make it through the semi-finals. The Netflix show "CHEER" shows an accurate depiction of what it's like to be a college cheerleader and the amount of work, time, and effort it takes to come out on top.

So congrats to the ladies of TCNJ for making New Jersey proud. Also shoutout to Rowan University from Glassboro, New Jersey for giving TCNJ a run for their money and coming in at 3rd place.


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