WKU Cheerleaders Win First Coed National Title
ORLANDO, Fla. — WKU Cheer took home the program’s first coed national championship in its history over the weekend, winning the title in the 2022 D1A Small Coed Division of the UCA Collegiate National Championship on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
The squad finished the semifinals in first place with an 86.2 event score, then claimed the championship in the finals with a 92.7 event score with zero deductions.
Memphis finished second with an 87.8 event score. Other competitors included Florida State, Bowling Green State, Boise State and more.
Additionally, WKU Cheer’s All Girl team finished as the national runner-up Sunday with a 91.3 score, just a fraction of a point behind national champion Alabama.
After winning its first All Girl national title last season in head coach Alli Lumpkin’s first year at the helm, this marks the first time that WKU’s All Girl squad has ever received a top-three finish in back-to-back years. Other competitors in the All Girl Division included Ole Miss, Oklahoma and South Florida.
“In a normal season of cheerleading, these athletes have 365 days to improve upon skills and prepare for the following years competition,” Lumpkin said. “It has been less than nine months from the 2021 national competition that the current athletes had to prepare for the 2022 collegiate national championship. WKU Cheer is bringing home a first-place finish in D1A Small Coed Division and a runner-up finish in the D1A All Girl Division. As a program we are determined to make ourselves prominent as a top-three finalist in the years to come. We are grateful for the support from our community, university, alumni and most importantly President Caboni and Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. WKU Cheer is just getting started creating a dynasty of their own.”
WKU Cheer also had two couples compete in the partner stunt portion of the competition, which each group had to qualify for by video submission to compete in the final round in Orlando. Nick Jansen and Makayla Bizzell finished in fourth place, while Dakota Finerman and Samantha Terry finished in sixth place.
WKU also had one All Girl stunt group compete, with the group of Ashley Burdsall, Kate Segrest, Kirsten Verble and Madi Sessions finishing in fifth place.