GS cheerleading team claims national championship

Brendan Ward

By Brendan Ward The George Anne staff

Georgia Southern University’s coed cheerleading team won the National Cheerleading Association’s National Championship last Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The coed team competed against six other teams for the championship.

Team captain Massey Swanson was excited over the team’s win.

“My main goal in college was to win NCA College Nationals, and for that to happen my senior year was bittersweet,” Swanson said. “I couldn’t have asked to finish any other way.”

The GS team has 10 male and 10 female athletes.

“I’m a Georgia Southern athletics fan, and so to hear that we’re national champions of any sport, that’s national recognition of our school, and so I feel pride,” Trevor Wright, sophomore English major, said.

This is not the first championship GS Cheerleading has won.

GS all-women’s team has won national championships in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, but this is the coed team’s first win.

“This win is a big deal for our program because it was the first coed win,” Swanson said, “This win sets the tone for the entire cheerleading program for the future years to come.”