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How a Div. 2, Small Sr. 2 Outscored All NCA Teams with the First Ever 99.9


The 2020 National Cheerleaders Association's (NCA) All-Star Nationals had a huge "Wow" factor before it began. We knew it would be the biggest cheerleading competition ever as it was announced early that there would be six venues to hold 30,105 spectators, 25,322 athletes and 3,000 coaches.

Ten teams broke the 99% scoring barrier (see below) after Day 1, but it was Day 2 that really brought the exclamation points:

-Cheer Extreme Allstars' Senior Elite won its division, ending its seven previous attempts that earned second place.

-Many gyms earned NCA jackets for the first time. Although no final count was available when CheerMAD contacted Justin Carrier, the vice president of Varsity All Star said "it was a great weekend."

But the biggest WOW!!! and certainly most talked about event this year was when a four-year old gym, Reign Elite Cheer Allstar from Bakersfield, California, at its second NCA appearance ever, earned a score of 99.9 on Day 2 in its Div. 2 gym, Small, Senior 2 category.

It's two-day total score of 99.8167 was the highest earned by all 1,418 teams at the oldest, most prestigious in-season event of the year with all the stress and nervous energy that goes with it.

That was after an athlete quit the week before and a non-tumbler came in to replace the tumbler. Creating a new routine and changing stunt groups necessitated that the team practice every day before car loads of athletes and parents of the lower-financial demographic gym drove more than 21 hours to Dallas, some arriving at midnight the day of check-in. And after coaches reviewed the Day 1 video called a full-out practice at 4 a.m.

Then during Day 2 competitions, one of the crossover athletes from Jr. 2 was injured performing with that team.

While everyone hopes for the best routine a team can give, no one expected the 13-member team Royalty would make history.

Not the team's parents, gym owner or its coaches.

Lisa Ramos' four children all cheer at Reign Elite Cheer Allstar; two of which are on the 99.9 scoring team: Analisa, 15 and Tommy, 12. Gilbert, 11 is on Jr. 1 Prep and Sophia, 6, is a Tiny.

"All us parents tried to be positive but if I’m totally honest, we thought it was a long shot to even win," Lisa said.

"We are a small gym, and it's like family, we all look after each other," she continued.

"We parents keep them close, build them up and do things like eat dinners (at comps) together that enable (the team) to bond better. But we definitely didn’t think we were getting the score we received," Lisa added.

There were many factors that contributed to that feeling.

"The week going into NCA was very stressful. They struggled with the stunts and we didn't know what they were going to look like," said gym owner Melissa Simonek.

"I wasn't sure that they would pull it off. They were nervous, there were a few glitches at warm-ups and backstage they were crying," she said.

"But when they went onto the floor, when they performed, it was the coaches who were crying. It was an

amazing performance."