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The UWG All-Girl Cheerleading Squad extended its reign as national champions this past weekend, winning its third straight title and their sixth since 2005.  In their first year competing in the Division I classification, the Wolves All-Girl squad defeated cheerleading powerhouse Morehead State University, which boasts 34 combined national titles between its cheerleading squads.

“Everything had to be perfect for us to even have a shot,” said Jessica Fuller, a junior member of the All-Girl squad.  The Wolves were among five schools in the final round of competition and were judged on various categories such as partner stunts, choreography, and basket tosses.

“It feels amazing.  You work so hard for something and it all comes down to those two and a half minutes,” said Toniann Venza, a senior on the All-Girl squad.  The squad begins practicing for competition during the summer months, sometimes as often as three times per day.

The Wolves’ co-ed squad finished third in the Division II classification, marking the third year in a row the squad has finished in the top three.  The co-ed team won the Division II national title in 2011.

UWG’s Ashleigh Lamb and Trey Forsyth competed in the partner stunt co-ed routine category and finished in eighth place of 20 co-ed pairs.

“We’re so thankful for all the support we had this year,” said Venza.  “I feel like we had more support this year than we have ever had before.”

The competition, held by the Universal Cheerleading Association, took place in Orlando, Fl.  UWG has established a reputation of preeminence in the world of cheerleading as the recent win puts the total number of titles in school history to 16.