For the second consecutive year the IU Crimson Cheerleaders, an all-female cheerleading squad, were awarded the Division 1-A All-Girl National Championship on Sunday night.
The honor came as part of the 2017 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, which took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The IU Crimson squad beat 12 other finalists in the Division 1-A All-Girl category to secure the national championship. Alabama finished in second place and San Diego State came in third place.
Thirty-four athletes, including 16 freshmen, represented the team at the Division 1-A national championship. This year’s title is the fifth national championship for the IU Crimson team. The team also took home national title honors in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Furthermore, the IU Crimson team has finished in second place or better at every Division 1-A national championship dating back to 2011.
Head Coach Julie Horine, a former cheerleader at IU, has been at the helm of the IU cheerleading program for the past 28 years and has overseen each of the five national titles won by the IU Crimson team.
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