WKU cheer team wins national title

It's the team's second national title in three years.
Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 12:53 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - WKU Cheer brought home the program’s second national championship in three years this weekend, claiming the title in the D1A All-Girl Division of the UCA Collegiate National Championship in Orlando, Fla.

“What a weekend for the Tops in Orlando at the UCA Collegiate National Championship,” said Head Cheerleading Coach and Spirit Program Coordinator Alli Lumpkin. “Our coed team entered the D1A Large Coed Division for the first time since 2019 and came out of the semi-final round in first place with zero deductions. All-Girl was the final team to qualify from the semi finals to the final round. Both WKU teams were one of maybe five teams to finish with a zero-point deduction routine in at least one of the rounds of competition. Dalton (Stanley) and I are extremely proud of the way both teams represented our university this weekend. The future is so bright for WKU Cheer! Congratulations to our All-Girl National Champions, winning by over five points!”

After placing seventh in the semifinals and being the last team in to advance into Sunday’s final round, WKU All-Girl Cheer made a stellar turnaround, scoring a perfect 92.7 with no deductions to take home the trophy.

The all-girl squad won the division by over five points as every other team had a lower raw score and took deductions. Rounding out the top five was the University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, UAB and Ole Miss.

WKU Cheer has brought home one title in each of Lumpkin’s three years at the helm of the program with the D1A All-Girl title in 2021 and D1A Small Coed title in 2022. Dalton Stanley, assistant coach of the program, has also been a part of each of WKU Cheer’s three titles.

WKU Coed Cheer placed seventh in the D1A Coed Cheer section with a finals score of 87.9. The team returned to the large coed section after two years in the small coed division.