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PSU Cheerleaders finish runner-up at Open College Nationals

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Plymouth State University cheerleading team turned in an excellent performance over the weekend, taking second place at the 2007 Cheer Ltd Open College National Championships held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Panthers placed second in the Medium Collegiate All-Girl Division (13-20 per team), and received the second-highest score among all college teams, including several co-ed teams. The event was judged based on the team performance, including jumps, stunts, tumbling, voice and overall crowd appeal.

"Our girls were amazing," said PSU head coach Carrie Kiley. "The crowd loved them. They really did well and I'm very proud of them."

Central Connecticut State University won the championship, while other schools in the competition included PSU, Newbury College, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Tennessee Tech University, and Cape Fear and Iowa Central Community Colleges.

"This was a huge tournament," said Kiley. "There were more than 300 teams there, with all-star teams and high school squads. It was a big cheerleading-fest, and we were thrilled to do so well."

The Panther cheerleaders enjoyed their first season this winter as a varsity program at PSU. The team performed at home men's and women's basketball games all winter, and then performed a series of competitions.

"This was a great first season," said Kiley. "The girls worked extremely hard all season on their stunting, their gymnastics, and their overall routine. They really performed as a team, and I couldn't be more proud of how they represented Plymouth State University."

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