University of Delaware Office of Public Relations The Messenger Vol. 6, No. 1/1996 Feathered friends flock together YoUDee, the Fightin' Blue Hen mascot, and members of the Blue Hen cheerleading and dance teams are bound for Orlando in January to participate in the Universal Cheerleading Association 1997 National Championships. In preliminary competition, YoUDee was ranked third in the country and received a paid bid to the finals. Other mascots winning paid bids to the finals are Aubie of Auburn University, Wildcat of the University of Kentucky and Ms. Wolf of North Carolina State University. The UD cheerleaders received a Division I fourth-place, paid bid to the finals and will compete against teams from Morehead State, Sam Houston State and George Mason universities. The UD Precision Dance Team received an eighth-place bid and also will attend the championships. The invitations were based on submitted videotapes that were then reviewed by judges. All the competitions-to be held at Disney-MGM Studios-will be televised nationally, Jan. 9-11, during prime time on ESPN and ESPN2.