Cheerleaders Finish Second Behind National Champs in Competition

ORLANDO, Fla. — Columbus State's cheer squad took home second place at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Cheerleading National Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort here recently.

Competing in Small Coed Division II, Columbus State finished second behind champion Wilmington University. Slippery Rock, Southern Indiana and Colorado Mesa rounded out the top five.

This was the second consecutive second place finish for the small-coed team after winning the national championship in 2011.

In addition to the small-coed team, CSU had a pair of teams compete in the partner stunt competition. The team of Tommy Goforth and Ali Anderson placed fifth, while Jason Riel and Chelsea Horton ended up ninth.

Bridget Razem and Ronnie Patrick of Morehead State took home the partner stunt championship. Bethany Jackson and Josh Gallia from the University of Memphis finished second, while Meagan Balentine and Jesse Hulet of Sam Houston State and Jessy Howe and Carter Kiogima of Central Michigan placed third and fourth, respectively.

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Video Extra: Jason Riel and Chelsea Horton compete