Mira Costa Cheer Team Earns Second Place at National CompetitionFeb 13, 2023 08:19AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Mira Costa High School Cheer team came in second place in its division in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship over the weekend. This is the team's fifth time competing at the championship and its first time medaling in the competition.
The competition brought together more than 1200 teams from across the country, and several international teams, who competed in preliminary, semi-final and finals competitions over three days at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Mira Costa's squad came in 2nd place in the Division 1 Large Varsity Division, and 10th place in the Division 1 Super Varsity Game Day Division.
"Mira Costa Cheer supports their peers on campus and the sideline, community events, and also prepares for their own competition throughout the season," coach Travis Neese told MB News. "Costa Cheer is known and respected for their integrity and how they cheer on everyone in the South Bay, and throughout the country."
The team was "thrilled" with the outcomes in both the Large Varsity Division and the Super Varsity Game Day Division, added Neese.
Photo credit: Stephanie Collins
The UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship has been the culmination of the season for cheerleaders across the nation for more than 40 years. It is known as the most prestigious high school national championship in the country.
At Mira Costa, members of the Cheer/Spirit Squad commit to "the highest level of athleticism, performance, self discipline, respect for Mira Costa High School and the community, personal exemplary conduct, and the performance of all responsibilities related to the pursuit of school spirit and pride," according to the team.
Spirit Squad members must demonstrate a proven ability to balance academic requirements and demands with athletic, extracurricular and personal activities.