UCA College Nationals 2017

We spent the weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, watching the top collegiate cheer and dance programs from across the country compete at UCA College Nationals. The event spanned three days, with stunt groups competing on Friday evening, cheer teams performing on Saturday, and the premier division, D1A, having their finals on Sunday evening. This year’s competition hosted 114 of the nation’s top cheer teams, performing in front of more than 20,000 spectators throughout the course of the weekend.

            During Friday night’s competition, we saw the two stunt group divisions (all-girl group stunt, and coed partner stunt) show off some of the most difficult stunt combinations to the crowd and the judges. In the all-girl group stunt division, the top 3 groups were from programs that did not compete in the team divisions at UCA. The first-place winners hail from Sam Houston State University, and the second and third place finishers were representing the University of Louisville. Both SHSU and Louisville are top programs that typically compete at NCA College Nationals in April, rather than UCA in January, but this year they showed Orlando why they finish first place in Daytona year after year. In the coed partner stunt division, powerhouse Morehead State University brought home the first place trophy again this year, with Texas Tech and Wilmington University rounding out the top three.

            Coed partner stunt wasn’t the only first place trophy that Morehead State University brought home this weekend. They placed first in the DI Coed division, making it their 25th coed team title, bringing their total number of first-place team titles to 41 between their coed and all girl teams. Their longtime rivals University of Delaware placed second, and Wichita State University finished in third. Morehead State’s all-girl team came in a close second in the DI All Girl division, behind tough competitors University of West Georgia, who finished second behind MSU last year. University of West Georgia’s coed team also took home gold in the DII Coed division, marking the sixth year that UWG was able to sweep the team competition. This year’s wins brings West Georgia’s gold medal count to 21, with 8 wins for their all-girl team and 13 wins for their coed team.

            In the DII Small Coed division, Wilmington University took home their sixth consecutive nationals win, and in the Open Coed division, Shelton State Community College won first place for the tenth year in a row. Nassau Community College brought home gold in the Open All Girl division for a second year, and University of Memphis beat out everyone in the DI Small Coed division.

            In the highly-anticipated D1A Coed division, University of Kentucky nailed their routine to beat out University of Alabama, and the University of Mississippi surprised the crowd by beating out UCF to finish in third. This brings Kentucky’s total gold medal count up to 22! It was also great to see the University of Hawai’i back in this year’s competition after a 6-year hiatus, and looking as strong as ever with a 7th place finish. In the D1A All Girl division, Indiana University took home the win again this year, once again leaving University of Alabama in second, and the always-impressive San Diego State University team earned third. Indiana University has become the team to beat, winning five national titles within the last six years.

            Congratulations to all of this year’s competitors and medalists! View a complete list of results below, and click here to view photos of all teams in our photo galleries!

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D1A Coed

1. University of Kentucky

2. University of Alabama

3. University of Mississippi

4. University of Central Florida

5. University of Cincinnati

6. Mississippi State University

7. Louisiana State University (tie)

7. University of Hawai’i (tie)

8. The Ohio State University

9. University of Tennessee

10. Western Kentucky University

11. Florida State University

12. University of Oklahoma

13. University of Minnesota

14. University of South Florida

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D1A All Girl

1. Indiana University

2. University of Alabama

3. San Diego State University

4. Western Kentucky University

5. University of Minnesota

6. University of Oklahoma

7. University of Nevada Las Vegas

8. The University of Massachusetts

9. University of South Florida

10. University of Colorado

11. University of Mississippi

12. Florida State University

13. Rutgers University

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DI Coed

1. Morehead State University

2. University of Delaware

3. Wichita State University

4. Liberty University

5. Sacramento State

6. Eastern Kentucky University

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DI Small Coed

1. University of Memphis

2. Purdue University

3. Bowling Green State University

4. Troy University

5. Central Michigan University

6. Southeastern Louisiana University

7. Arkansas State University

8. Western Michigan University

9. Tennessee Tech University

10. George Mason University

11. University of Alabama Birmingham

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DI All Girl

1. University of West Georgia

2. Morehead State University

3. University of Delaware

4. Hofstra University

5. Stony Brook University

6. University of Southern Indiana

7. Eastern Kentucky University

8. Cal Poly Mustangs

9. Northern Arizona University

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DII Coed

1. University of West Georgia

2. University of Puerto Rico Bayamon

3. Northwest Missouri State University

4. Pittsburg State University

5. University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

6. University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras

7. San Francisco State University

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DII Small Coed

1. Wilmington University

2. Grand Canyon University

3. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4. East Mississippi Community College

5. Lee University

6. Independence Community College

7. St. Edwards University

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Open Coed

1. Shelton State Community College

2. Iowa Western Community College

3. Wallace State College

4. Jones Junior College

5. University of Puerto Rico Carolina

6. Holmes Community College

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Open All Girl

1. Nassau Community College

2. Suffolk County Community College

3. Avila University

4. The College of New Jersey

5. Misericordia University

Sam Houston State University (Drew, Danielle, Brenna, & Chelsea)-9

All Girl Group Stunt

1. Sam Houston State University (Drew, Danielle, Brenna, & Chelsea)

2. University of Louisville (Amanda, Hayley, Anjelica, & Caitlyn)

3. University of Louisville (Hayley, Alley, Kara, & Aaliyah)

4. Hofstra University (Danielle, Regina, Lauren, & Kristen)

5. Wilmington University (Alyssa, Dominique, Alyssa, & Corrine)

6. Wilmington University (Ciana, MaKayla, Maranda, & Kristen)

7. San Diego State University (Hannah, Adrianna, Phoebee, & Satya)

8. University of Louisville (Samantha, Morgan, Crystal, & Mallorie)

9. North Carolina State University (Vanessa, Gianna, Holly, & Tate)

10. Liberty University (Dani, Matty, Chelsey, & Anna)

11. James Madison University (Jessica, Julia, Danielle, & Maddie)

12. James Madison University (Samantha, Maddie, Courtney, & Lauren)

13. Texas State University (Brianna, Tynisha, Kaylan, & Haley)

14. Purdue University (Riley, Stephanie, Melissa, & Paige)

15. Wichita State University (Holle, Alexis, Hannah, & Marcy)

16. Stony Brook University (Kristin, Kirsi, Kimberly, & Erin)

17. Monmouth University (Alexandra, Jessica, Lauren, & Alison)

18. Stony Brook University (Leah, Theodora, Caitlyn, & Jules)

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Coed Partner Stunt

1. Morehead State University (Jessie & Nick)

2. Texas Tech University (Sabrina & Torrey)

3. Wilmington University (Wendy & Benji)

4. Trinity Valley Community College (Jade & Matthew)

5. University of West Georgia (Taylor & Mike)

6. Purdue University (Courtney & Evan)

7. University of Mississippi (Brandi & Brandon)

8. Stephen F. Austin State University (Breanna & James)

9. University of South Carolina (Lauren & Rutland)

10. Trinity Valley Community College (Lauren & Jeremy) (tie)

10. The Ohio State University (Lexi & Carter) (tie)

11. North Carolina State University (Mikayla & Brandon)

12. University of West Georgia (Brittney & Spencer)

13. Trinity Valley Community College (Ashleigh & Johnathan)