A lot of you may not know, but Maryland has the top all-girls competitive cheerleading squad in the country. Not only are the Terps ranked No. 1 in the country, they’re the defending national champions – they’ve won four of the past five titles and have been at least national runners-up every year since 2005.
Today, Maryland took on No. 3 Fairmont State at Comcast Center, in a matchup between two of the top programs in the country. The meet lived up to the hype, as the Terps completed an improbable comeback to win, 275.846 to 270.178 (scores gets real specific up in here).
The Terps struggled in the stunts and pyramids after taking the lead following the first event and trailed the Falcons at the half, 95.355 to 90.446.
After a halftime in which the judges were served buffalo chicken wraps (while the spectators were left to buy Comcast merchandise), Maryland came out firing. In the tumbling round, they outscored Fairmont State 53.57 to 49.20 and took the lead, 171.936 to 171.10.
In the last round, the team routine, Maryland dominated. The Terps won the round 103.910 to 99.073, holding off a late Falcon charge and clinging on to their undefeated record.
Maryland’s next two meets are at Baylor (against Baylor and Azusa Pacific) and at Fairmont State, where the Falcons will look for revenge. Their last home meet of the season will be on March 24 against Oregon, at 7 p.m. ET. If you’re in the College Park area, you should go. The meets are loud, a lot of fun, and free.
In the meantime, just know that Maryland continues to churn out national championship-caliber teams. Incredible.