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It was only a matter of time before American Ninja Warrior tapped into college rivalries, which is exactly what the franchise did with the spin-off Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness. Tyson Ross Padres Jersey . ?The series, which premieres on Tuesday on the Esquire Network, will run for five episodes and be a team-based obstacle course competition featuring undergraduate and graduate students racing head-to-head.Whereas American Ninja Warrior is strictly individuals, Team Ninja Warrior pits teams of three (two men, one woman) against each other in a race of speed and agility. There are upper-body tests on the course, but the Team Ninja Warrior courses are about who can finish the fastest, rather than if an athlete can finish at all. This makes for a completely different environment for athletes and viewers alike.College Madness is a new twist on a previously successful formula for Esquire, which spawned Team Ninja Warrior last year. As Ninja Warrior becomes more popular, it wouldnt be a stretch for college students to be familiar with it, but that certainly wasnt the case for all of the women competing on the forthcoming show.It wasnt on my radar, contestant Melissa Hill said in a recent phone interview. Hill, 22, who is originally from Sorrento, Florida, is a University of Florida graduate student and competitive climber. Hill joined Floridas team at the behest of her teammates and fellow climbers, Dane Brooks and Garrison Kalvin.My first thought was ... No way would we ever get on this show, Hill said with a laugh. She applied with Brooks and Kalvin, and the rest is history.Ninja Warrior, however, was most definitely on the radar of Emma Beserra, 19, a power lifter and TCU student. My whole family watches it, she said over the phone.Originally from The Woodlands, Texas, Beserra was a competitive cheerleader throughout high school, and in college she started to lift and do other forms of fitness. Shes been on TV before as well, having run the BattleFrog College Championship, which aired on ESPNU and ESPN2. At TCU, Beserra works at the rec center, and unlike Hill she did not know her teammates well prior to the show.We didnt meet them until we got to school, and we had to fly out [to Los Angeles] the next week, Beserra noted.Though not thought of as a traditional background sport for ninjas, cheer has strong representation in this first episode of College Madness. University of Georgia student Victoria Case,19, is a former cheerleader for the Bulldogs, as is fellow UGA competitor Doug Legg. She also played softball and rode horses when she was younger. The fashion merchandising major and Georgia native also noted that she is a die-hard [Bulldogs] sports fan.Hill, who is studying ecology, started climbing just after matriculating at the University of Florida. She grew up playing golf but doesnt consider herself a traditional sports fan. Im sports indifferent, she said. After realizing that she didnt want to play golf in college, Hill had a hole in her life that she ended up filling with climbing.Fun was something I had been missing in golf, because I was burnt out on it, Hill said.As with climbing, pole vaulting has a reputation within the ninja community for spawning successful competitors, especially women. ANW superstar Jessie Graff pole vaulted at Georgia Tech and the University of Nebraska. Fellow ninja Meagan Martin was a pole vaulter at Vanderbilt. Cassie Craig, who is an up-and-coming female ninja, was also a pole vaulter.?Haley Houston,19, a sophomore at the University of Houston, hopes to join that legacy. The Austin, Texas, native is studying kinesiology and wants to be a physical therapist. She started pole vaulting in middle school, which is relatively rare, as not many middle schools have pole vaulting programs, and she still vaults at Houston. Coincidentally, she also participated in cheerleading.Houston watched American Ninja Warrior previously but did not have plans to try to get on one of the shows.It was an accident, she said in a phone interview.Houston was inadvertently recruited by her teammate and ninja enthusiast Zach Tamayo while working at the campus recreation center. He told Houston about how he needed a woman to compete on his team, and she volunteered. It was as simple as that. Houston was familiar with the kinds of obstacles on the show and figured she could do well.Obstacles, however, can be harder than they appear. This is really, really hard, Houston added.And that they are. 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