COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Cheerleading won its first National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship, topping the Intermediate Large Coed Division IA category at the NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Tigers posted a score of 96.4028 to earn the top spot at the competition for the first time. They finished ahead of East Carolina (96.1852) and Michigan (95.8958).
Mizzou previously had numerous Top 10 placings and was 0.16 points away from the trophy in 2021. The program is led by Head Coach Cynthia Metz.
“We finally did it,” Metz said. “We have been coming to this competition for a long time and we have never won. This victory embodies everything about Mizzou Cheer. It takes the entire program to believe its possible and we are so proud to represent each person who has contributed to our program’s success, both past and present!”
NCA is the world’s original cheer company and was founding in 1948, celebrating its 75th year in 2023. Over 300 teams are competing at this year’s event in Florida.