Kentucky cheerleaders claim 20th national title

Kentucky Cheerleaders - photo by Tammie Brown |
Cheerleaders – photo by Tammie Brown |

Only for the cheerleading team can one season without a national championship feel like a drought.

Last year, the were named runners-up to Memphis. On Sunday, returned to its familiar perch atop the world of college cheerleading.

“When you finally hear second place called and then they call first place, it’s a lot of emotion, a lot of joy,” Jomo Thompson said via cell phone. “We just feel vindicated, especially after coming in second place last year. We wanted to make sure we got back to the top and we did that.”

won an unprecedented 20th national title at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., finishing ahead of second-place UCF. UK has now won an incredible 15 championships since 1995, only being dethroned five times during that span.

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