PHOTOS: UCF Cheer Team Wows at National Championships

The UCF cheer team excelled at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando from Jan. 18-20. The Knights brought home first-place finishes in the Game Day and University World Cup championships and secured a top-10 finish in the UCA Division IA Championship competition. (Words by Jenna Marina Lee; Photos courtesy of UCF Athletics).
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    1The squad competed in three categories: Game Day Championship, UCA Division IA Championship and the University World Cup Championship.

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    2UCF started off the weekend by competing in the Game Day Championship for the first time in program history and wowed the judges, earning first place.

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    3"The energy out there was amazing. It kind of gave the crowd a piece of our game day and how we treat game day and the fun we have out there on the field." —UCF senior Madison Burt

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    4UCF also took home top honors in the World Cup Championship.

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    5"For us, its an opportunity to get the name of UCF out there to overseas teams, and we've made some great friends and connections through that." — UCF head coach Linda Gooch '85

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    6The Knights finished the weekend by placing sixth in the UCA Division IA Championship.

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    7The program has now placed in the Top 10 24 times in the last 26 years under Gooch, including national titles in 2003 and 2007.

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    8"They rose to the challenge that we put in front of them. The way that they carried themselves and the way that they represented our university just speaks volumes to the character of the people we have on this team. I was extremely proud of them." — UCF head coach Linda Gooch '85

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    9"Thanks for the support Knight Nation! We brought home two 1st place trophies and a top 6 finish, but now it's time to get to work and get ready for Nationals 2020!" — @UCF_CheerTeam tweeted Jan. 26