ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Northern Arizona University dance team won the 2013 USA National Championship in the hip hop division, marking the first national title in program history. The squad defeated in-state rival Arizona, as well as five other Pac-12 schools in winning the team honor Monday in Anaheim.
"I am so proud of this team," said Director of Cheer and Dance Cassie Laughlin. "To win the program's first national championship is a testament to how hard these girls work each and every day."
The squad returned from the UD National Championship event in Florida this January with improvements in mind following a sixth-place finish. Laughlin noted that the team took everything the judges said a couple months ago and pushed each day to get better.
"To go from sixth to first is a dream come true for all of us," Laughlin added.
The NAU dance team also competed this weekend in jazz, placing seventh in the Open Dance competition. Although they finished behind Big Sky foe Weber State, the squad still finished ahead of several of the same Pac-12 opponents in their second category as well.
To see live video of the entire event visit Varsity.com.
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