The UCF cheerleading team proved once again to be among the elite programs in the country with their runner-up performance at the UCA National Championship on Wednesday evening.

The program has now placed in the top 10 of the College Cheerleading National Championships 26 times in the last 28 years under head coach Linda Gooch ’85, including Division IA trophies in 2003, 2007 and 2020. They also brought home the top prize in the Gameday Nationals Competition in 2019.

Orlando’s Hometown Team competed in the semifinals of the competition on Tuesday, where they placed fifth. In the final round on Wednesday evening, the team hit a perfect routine on the biggest stage and with no deductions the Knights earned a 93.7 performance score. The 93.7 was the highest scoring routine of the entire competition in Division 1A. Unfortunately, the flawless performance wasn’t enough to overcome the missteps in the first round.

The Knights cheer team finished as the National Runner-Up with an 89.05 event score in the Cheer Division 1A competition. The top five included South Florida, UCF, Kentucky, Liberty and Ole Miss.

The KnightMoves Dance team finished fifth at this year’s competition.