Make that two national bids in two years of existence for the Gannon competitive cheer program. The Lady Knights received superior rankings in every category during their recent camp and earned a second consecutive bid to the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Collegiate Cheer Championships scheduled for April 8-12, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Gannon captured the bid during a three-day camp where an instructor spent time evaluating the squad’s stunts, pyramids, tosses and tumbling. The camp culminated with a formal evaluation of a rally consisting of cheer, dance, tumbling, stunting and pyramids. In addition, the Lady Knights were judged on a gameday segment focused on crowd-leading with stunt incorporation.

Head coach Meghan Foran’s club earned a “Superior” ranking on both evaluation components. The superior ranking is the highest possible score.

“We’re thrilled to have earned our second consecutive bid to nationals,” said Foran. “It’s a true testament to this team’s potential. Last year, we really focused on creating a strong foundation for the program and it was clear at this year’s camp that everyone came ready to build on that.

“We have a very talented freshman class and an unbelievably strong group of returners with the experience to lead our team to the next level. We can’t wait to see what’s ahead and we’re looking forward to continued success during the regular season.”

Gannon enters the 2015 season with a young team as the roster consists of 20 freshmen and eight upperclassmen. Last year’s inaugural team advanced to the finals of the NCA Collegiate National Championships, before concluding its inaugural campaign eighth in the nation. The Lady Knights will compete in the Division II All-Girl Division at the 2015 national championships.