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Cheerleading 2019 Nationals Recap

January 31, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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This week, LFSN's Nick Pierce had a chance to catch up with Liberty Cheerleading Head Coach Jordan Ballard to recap his team's performance at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) & Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, held Jan. 18-20 at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, Fla.

The UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship is the most prestigious college cheerleading championship in the country.

Liberty's Cheerleading Red Squad competed in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College National Championship Coed D1A division, finishing seventh in the nation. This is the most prestigious and difficult division in the country where the top 25 programs compete, and only the top 15 make the finals. It marked the second year the Red Squad has competed at this level.

Liberty mascot Sparky competed in the UCA D1A Mascot Championship and came home with a 10th place finish in the national competition. A total of 25 D1A video submissions were sent in, and only 10 mascots from across the country made it to the finals. Sparky's performance in the video submission qualified him seventh for the competition. 

Sparky first appeared at the national championship in 2016, where he won the Open Mascot division as a newcomer. He also appeared at the competition in 2017.

Finally, Liberty's White Squad competed in the UCA College Game Day Championship for the first time in program history. Despite having a solid performance, the team came up one spot short of making the finals.

Cheerleading Finish

  1. Kentucky
  2. Ohio State
  3. Alabama
  4. South Florida
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Central Florida
  7. Liberty
  8. Louisiana-Lafayette
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Minnesota


Mascot Finish

  1. Ohio State's "Brutus Buckeye"
  2. Minnesota's "Goldy Gopher"
  3. Colorado's "Chip"
  4. Auburn's "Aubie"
  5. Tennessee's "Smokey"
  6. Wisconsin's "Bucky Badger"
  7. Penn State's "Nittany Lion"
  8. Washington's "Harry"
  9. Oklahoma's "Boomer"
  10. Liberty's "Sparky"