Armed with trophies and ribbons on their return, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi spirit squads had a strong showing at the UDA/UCA Camp in San Marcos this past weekend.

For the second-straight year, the Islander dance team qualified for Nationals next spring and won an award as the Most Collegiate team in attendance. The Most Collegiate Award is given to the team that looks, acts and holds itself most like a Division I program should. Other trophies for the dance team included the Superior Team Trophy, first place for its fight song routine and second in home routine. Individually, Islander dancers earned 57 individual ribbons including 40 blue ribbons.

The cheer team also made a strong showing for the Islanders winning the overall camp title in the Champions Division. The cheer team also placed first in Division I in cheers, and second in Division 2 for sideline routines. The Islanders qualified for the division titles by first claiming blue ribbons in cheers, chants, and sideline routines.

"I am so excited about the Most Collegiate Award for dance," said spirit teams head coach Melanie Lowry. "That is an award we have never won in the past and competed versus large schools to do so.

"I was also impressed with how the cheer team was able to pull together and claim the title in the Champions Division. We are an extremely young team with 14 freshmen. I am amazed with how well they did with their youth."