Kentucky Cheerleading finishes third in UCA national competition

Kentucky finishes behind South Florida, Central Florida


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The University of Kentucky cheerleaders finished third in Division 1A at the Universal Cheerleaders Association finals competition Wednesday night in Orlando, Fla.

Kentucky, which has won 24 national championships in program history, finished in third place for the second consecutive season.

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“Our athletes have been through a lot this year and it became obvious to us that not having any performance opportunities due to COVID-19 really made a difference,” said first-year UK head coach Ryan O’Connor. “We will learn from this experience, reload and refocus for next year. I’m very proud of every athlete in our program and would not want any other team out there representing us.”

On Tuesday night, Kentucky won the Division 1A Virtual Game Day national championship, the first such championship in school history. That competition was held virtually only.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas