By D.J. Bevivino
Special to Campus News
3-PEAAT!!! The Nassau Community College Cheer team has done it again! The Lions, under the leadership of Head Coach Laurie Kolodny, and Assistants Nicole DiMarco and Makira Samlal, have captured their third National Championship, Open All Girl Division. On January 15, the Lions competed at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s (UCA) new complex located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World.
Returning as two-time national champions, the pressure was on: 12 teams started the day, only 6 advancing to the finals. The Lions were the first team in their division to perform and had to wait 6 long hours to find out their fate for the finals.
“We knew we performed solidly in the morning, but it’s still tense waiting for the announcement. When the finalists were posted it was a relief, but we knew we still had work to do and the team went out and executed…we hit our routine during finals, and we knew we did all we could and the rest was up to the other teams and judges,” said Coach Kolodny.
Anticipation was building the entire award ceremony as places were announced in ascending order… 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd… the tension was palpable. The top two teams in the Open All Girl Division, both from Long Island, New York, were remaining. The moment seemed to hang in the air for a life time. As the announcer called the second place location (Selden, NY), reality hit and the NCC Lions exploded with excitement as they earned their third national championship in a row.
“Make no mistake about it, winning a National Championship takes consistent commitment, teamwork, hard-work and talent, and our Cheerleading Team is loaded with student-athletes who exemplify these qualities. Their dedication to excellence laid the ground work to win their 3rd title in row. I couldn’t be happier for our Cheer Team and Coaches, and am incredibly proud of how they have represented NCC in the classroom and in competition,” the coach added.
DJ Bevivino is Sports Information Director for NCC.