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Florida Tech Cheerleading Crowned World Champs at ICU University World Cup

Panthers Win in Cheer, Dance and Dance Poms at Disney’s Wide World of Sports

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Tech cheerleading team finds itself on top of the world as the Panthers won three events at the 2020 International Cheer Union (ICU) University World Cup Cheerleading Championships. The World Cup was held Jan. 17-19 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resorts.

Guided by head coach Alexa Sumner, the cheer program experienced its greatest success in national or international competition this past weekend as the Panthers claimed a world title in the Elite Small Coed Team Cheer, Dance Team and the Dance Team Pom Doubles competitions.

“I am so excited for our teams,” Sumner said. “Their hard work and dedication has really paid off, and we are so proud to bring cheer and dance championships to Florida Tech.”

Florida Tech was selected by USA Cheer from hundreds of teams around the country to represent the United States in the three events. The Crimson & Gray made the most of the opportunity by not only winning the three events but also taking third overall in the Grand Championship Final Standings as the third-best team in the world. 

The Panthers took No. 1 in the Elite Small Coed Team Cheer division, out-lasting second-place Tecnologico de Monterrey-Borregos of Mexico.

Tech placed first in the Dance Team event before raking in the final trophy in the Dance Team Poms Doubles.

The Panthers outperformed six other teams from around the world to win the Poms championship, including besting Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and Wuhan Technology and Business University (China), who finished second and third overall in the competition.

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech cheer team visit FloridaTechSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Panthers news by following Florida Tech Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

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