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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Oregon Dance Team Wins National Title

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Eugene, Ore.--February 8, 2006--The University of Oregon dance team, sponsored by club sports, won its first national championship on Feb. 6 at the USA Collegiate National Championship held in Las Vegas.

Oregon dancers, competing against some of the country's best teams, won in the hip hop division. The championships took place Feb. 5 and 6 and featured teams from the University of Southern California, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Missouri, University of California-San Diego, University of Kentucky, Brigham Young University, Washington State University, California Polytechnic University, and Boise State University, among other universities.

University of Oregon coaches Karl Mundt and Robin Badstubner said the win was all the more impressive given that many of the other teams competing in the championships are funded by university athletic departments, which typically have substantially larger budgets.

"Our team did a great deal of fundraising to participate in this event," said Mundt. "We are so grateful for all that club sports and the executive committee have done for us, but ultimately the team has to come up with the majority of its funding."

The University of Oregon Club Sports dance team was founded in 1998 and was student-run and coached until Mundt became coach in 2001. Badstubner, a former team member, became a coach two years ago. This championship is the first ever won by a university dance team from the state of Oregon. The 15-member team also performs at all home football games (in the Moshofsky Center), as well as at some men's and women’s basketball halftimes and at community fundraisers and dance events throughout Oregon.

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