Feb. 7, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss cheerleading squad took to the floor at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championship recently and came home with a fourth-place finish as the Rebel spirit squad ranked among the best in the nation and the world at the competition.
Ole Miss finished fourth in the UCA College Championship division, coming in on the heels of Kentucky, UCF and Alabama. LSU rounded out the top five teams in the college national championship division. The Rebels also finished third in the World University Championship division.
Rebel fans can catch a national broadcast of the competition Sunday, Feb. 16 on ESPNU at 10 a.m. It will also be broadcast again on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.
"I'm obviously really proud of the team for the result and all the work they put into this competition," said Ole Miss cheerleader coach Arikka Fears. "It's exciting to finish in the top five in competition in my first year with the squad. This is a talented group of veteran cheerleaders who have been out there before and they really showed what they could do on the floor."
Prior to the final round of competition, the Rebels did an exclusive interview with Nastia Liukin, the all-around champion at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and four-time all-around U.S. Champion. Following the team interview, Liukin then did an interview with Ole Miss squad member John Kelly.
The Rebels were one of 18 teams to compete in the initial competition and one of 13 teams to advance to the finals in the College Division, while Ole Miss was one of 16 teams to compete in the World University Championship. The squads were comprised of a 16-member team and two alternates.