IU Cheerleading Captures Third National Championship
Jan. 19, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - Assembly Hall's north lobby trophy case gained a new piece of golden hardware Sunday evening when Indiana University's Crimson Cheerleaders, an all-girl squad, captured their third straight national championship in Division 1-A at the UCA College Cheer and Dance Championships at Disney World's HP Field House. Indiana beat out squads from Florida State, Rutgers, San Diego State, Alabama, Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Florida for its third straight national championship.
"This is a truly amazing accomplishment for the program," offered head coach Julie Horine. "The girls worked tirelessly perfecting this routine. They just kept getting better and better gaining more confidence the more they practiced during December and early January. The judges saw some of the most dynamic routines in the all-girl cheer competition's history. They had tweeted after Indiana's semifinal final performance calling the routine amazingly difficult and fast-paced. Everything came together, and the 20 squad members on the mat Sunday night really hit the routine during the final time performed when it counted. I'm just so very proud of our program and the accomplishment of three national titles in a row to go with a national runner-up finish when our current seniors were freshmen. We had a theme this year of BELIEV3!, and now it's obvious that all very much were in the spirit of BELIEV3! earning this national title."
Indiana's Cheer coaching staff includes Horine, Tony Nash, Jeff Cox, Alex Martin Blauvelt, Marcus Wolfe, Megan Grimes and Dan Greathouse. The national champion Crimson Cheerleaders return to Bloomington Monday afternoon and look forward to presenting the third consecutive national championship trophy at an upcoming Indiana Men's Basketball game in Assembly Hall.