The Kentucky Cheerleading team keeps it's Gold Standard of Excellence as it uses "Keep Climbing" as the motto to help win their 23rd National Championship in the last 34 years (now 3-in-a-row). The team traveled down to Orlando, Fl to compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association competition on Sunday night.
The Wildcats hit a score of 97.3 out of 100 to claim the title. Head Coach Jomo Thompson said, "“I’m incredibly happy, the kids were awesome! They peaked at the right time. We had a really good warmup. We had an impressive opening sequence and a near-flawless routine. I’m very excited for them and very excited for UK.”Thompson pointed to a sequence early in the routine that sparked the team to victory tonight and also had inspired the team’s motto when practice began back in August.“There is a section with three double-up pyramids that has a very high degree of risk and difficulty,” Thompson said. “That had been our albatross. Tonight they hit it, kept building on that and turned in a Grade-A performance.
Kentucky won its first national crown in 1985, also winning in 1987-88, 1992, 1995-2002, 2004-06, 2008-10, 2012, 2014 and 2016-18. the cheerleaders and dance team will be honored Saturday during the men's basketball gave against Florida.
The Kentucky Dance Team placed 5th in the Hip Hop Finals and 6th in the Pom Finals at the UDA Nationals.