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Saturday, January 30, 2010

LSU Tiger Girls Take Top Spot At Nationals

By Lauren Hendrix

While most of the nation was focused on the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, the LSU Tiger Girls Dance Team and the LSU Cheerleaders were battling it out on the mat at the 2010 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Both spirit teams moved up a spot in their categories. reported this time last year that the Tigers Girls placed second in the Hip-Hop category and took seventh place in the Jazz category. The LSU Cheerleaders landed the fifth place spot, which was "a spot up" from the 2008 competition.

That is all in the past this year. Under the direction of Pauline Zernott and the superior coaching of Denise Dicharry and Alisha Andrepont, the Tiger Girls took the top spot in the Hip Hop National Championship and placed sixth in the Jazz competition.

The LSU Cheerleaders placed fourth in the nation. According to that was "only 15 points behind 18-time national champion Kentucky."

Director Pauline Zernott's pride at all of her teams' achievements was evident when she boasted that she is, "very proud of how we represented LSU. We are an outstanding spirit team and all of our hard work paid off. We are well respected in the cheerleading and dance world, and I think that is a great thing for our University. To have other schools look to us to model their spirit programs after is awesome!"

According to Zernott, the Tiger Girls' win was, "a great feeling to know we went out and represented our University and came out on top. We were second last year so it was a goal of ours to win!"

Zernott explained what propelled the teams to win was that, "We have great coaches, and the team is motivated to represent LSU in the best possible manner. They also enjoy doing what they do."

Next year the team is aimed for another win with 11 freshmen on its roster.

To see the spirit teams in action all you have to do is attend the LSU women's and men's basketball games or watch the cheerleaders at every home gymnastics meet.

To watch the 2010 The Tiger Girls award winning performance log onto or

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