FSU Cheerleading Team Earns National Bid

The FSU Cheerleading Team poses with the trophy the Bulldog received at the recent NCA Collegiate Summer Camp (Courtesy Photo)
The FSU Cheerleading Team poses with the trophy the Bulldog received at the recent NCA Collegiate Summer Camp (Courtesy Photo)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University cheerleading team kicked off the 2010-11 season with a bang this past week.

The FSU cheerleading team attended the 2010 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Collegiate Summer Camp held last Saturday to Monday (July 31-Aug. 2) at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.  The Bulldogs took a second place trophy in their respective division and earned a Bronze bid to compete at the 2011 NCA College Nationals slated to be held next April in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"It was a wonderful experience for our team and everyone learned so much," said FSU head coach Stacy Smith.  "The experience was priceless for our team and a great way to start off another season."

During the camp, the members of the FSU team received personalized instruction along with safety training and eduction information.  They also worked on creative and innovative material as well as learning effective crowd leading "gameday" programs.

"I'm so proud of our team for their efforts and accomplishments," said team captain Liz Billiel.

In addition to earning a bronze bid for next year's nationals, the Bulldogs also placed second in the rally routine.

"We are still pumped about our bronze bid for nationals and the rally routine," said team member Natasha Lemmen.  "It wasn't too shabby for our first year at the event."

The 2011 NCA College Nationals will take place April 6-10 at The Band Shell, Ocean Center and Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. The NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship offers teams the opportunity to compete for their own national title while enjoying the sun, surf and fun of Daytona Beach.

Last year, over 200 teams competed in 15 Divisions.  The Challenge Cup also ensures that all teams perform at least twice with two chances to make the event finals.

Members of the Ferris State University cheerleading program support the intercollegiate athletics program and the university by leading cheers and raising the level of fan support for various athletics teams. In addition, the cheer team serves as ambassadors of the university at important public events.

The Ferris cheer team is considered a varsity sport on campus and follows the eligibility requirements set up by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). To tryout and remain on the team, individuals must have a 2.0 GPA and have maintained 12 credit hours per semester.  

The Bulldog cheerleading team will perform throughout the fall season at all Bulldog home football games, beginning with the Sept. 11 home opener versus Saginaw Valley State at Top Taggart Field.

Photo Caption (left): Team members Kristina Zywicki, Natasha Lemmen and Liz Billiel pose with the trophy.