That’s right, you read that headline correctly my friends. Back in February, the Rutgers dance team was selected to represent USA Cheer in the Team Cheer Freestyle Pom division at the International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championships. The event took place the past three days at the ESPN complex in Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Rutgers was chosen after finishing in the top three at the College National Championships earlier this year. The Scarlet Knights took full advantage of this unique opportunity against the best teams in the world and won the competition, bringing home the gold medal for the United States on Friday.
2018 Gold Medalist and World Champion, @RUdanceteam pic.twitter.com/XtFmpZyqix— Rutgers Scarlet Knights (@RUAthletics) April 27, 2018
Rutgers represented the USA in a 20 team international field and won the gold, while Japan won the silver and Mexico won the bronze.
From the Rutgwrs press release:
“We are so proud and honored to have been selected to represent Team USA among these incredible teams from around the world, spirit program head coach Christine Zoffinger. “This experience has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for our program and to be able to meet all of these athletes from around the world has been nothing short of amazing.“
”Congratulations to Team Japan, Team Mexico, and all the other Pom teams, and special congratulations to our teammates in Hip Hop and Jazz for their incredible work. We’re unbelievably happy and can’t wait to bring this trophy and our gold medals back home to Rutgers.”
The Rutgers dance team represented its university and country the best way possible and congratulations to them on this amazing accomplishment!
So proud of @RUdanceteam !! We are WORLD CHAMPIONS! GoUSA! #GoRU pic.twitter.com/8A2d95ub0x— Pat Hobbs (@PatHobbsRU) April 27, 2018