UK's cheerleaders have won
more National College Cheerleading Championships than any other Division 1-A school.
18, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) The University of Kentucky cheerleading squad has brought home the the Universal Cheerleaders
Associations (UCAs) National College Cheerleading Championship for NCAA
Division 1-A schools.
The UK squad has won UCAs
National College Cheerleading Championship an unprecedented 11 times, in 1985, 1987, 1988,
1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 -- more than any other Division 1-A
squad is the only team to win back to back championships twice, once in 1987 and 1988 and
again in 1995 and 1996. Further UK is the
only squad ever to win three, four, five, six, and now seven championships in a row.
most recent victory was Jan. 13 in competition in Orlando, Fla.
UK Cheer Program is recognized in cheerleading circles as perhaps the finest cheer program
in America as the squad has placed first eleven times and placed second four times in the
National Championships. The squad also
generates vocal support and significant enthusiasm for some of the finest athletic
programs in the nation. The Wildcat
basketball team is the winningest college basketball program in the nation and has won the
NCAA National Championship two out of the last five years and seven times over all! In December 1999, the Wildcat football team made
it second consecutive bowl appearance.
UK's cheerleaders receive substantial
media exposure. Having finished in the top
ten every year since the existence of the UCA National College Championships, each year
the UK squad is seen on the ESPN-televised Championships Program, which airs at least
eight time nationally. In addition, the UK
squad is seen on television as every UK basketball game is televised; a national or
regional audience sees the majority of games.
The squad is frequently the subject of
highlight stories by television and radio stations and newspapers. The squad has been featured on the CBS
Evening News, Connie Chungs Eye to Eye, and the CBS Morning
Show, in Southern Living and Gentlemens Quarterly, ESPN the Magazine, and
Seventeen magazines. The
cheerleaders regularly attend University Athletics Association and Alumni Association
functions. They represent the University at
many charitable and public relations events. The
cheerleaders have performed at the half-time of the Nuggets (coached by UK graduate, Dan
Issel) and the Miami Heat (coached by UK graduate, Pat Riley) game and then appeared at
the Denver-UK Alumni Club function.
On the UK campus, UK cheerleaders are
recognized as some of the finest athletes in the Universitys sports programs, as
intelligent and out going students in the classroom, and as public relations ambassadors
of the University of Kentucky and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The members of the 2000-2001
University of Kentucky Blue Squad are:
Rachael Brown, Greenup, Ky.
Michael Clark, Valley Center, Calif.
Brandy Compton-Preston, Louisa, Ky.
Keith Hodgson, Tampa,
Brooke Johnson, Corbin, Ky.
Josh Jones, Bosier City, La.
Ricardo Jones, Atlanta, Ga.
Justin Keogh, Glendale Heights, Ill.
Lauren Leake, Lexington, Ky.
Jennifer Long, Shreve, Ohio
Jon Love, Lexington, Ky.
Angela McAfee, Jacksboro, Tenn.
David McDowell, Jacksonville, Fla.
Cassie Napier, Fort Gay, W.Va.
Justin Nissley, Napierville, Ill.
Cliff Reece, Dallas, Ga.
Elizabeth Risner, Evansville, Ind.
Justin Rubin, Miami, Fla.
Kristi Vaughn, Flower Mount, Texas
Jennifer Walker, Lexington, Ky.
The trainer is Amanda Masten, who came to UK from Dublin, Ohio. The coach is Saleem Habash of Lexington. The advisor is T. Lynn Williamson of Lexington.