ORLANDO, Florida (HawaiiNewsNow) - The high-flying University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior cheerleaders landed among the top five in the nation at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Nationals.
The bows competed in the national competition in Orlando over the weekend. They were up against 13 other universities in the D IA coed division.
Requiring skill, stamina and coordination, the bows executed elite stunts, inverted basket tosses, tumbling and pyramids. When it came to the cheer portion of the routine, the Rainbow Warriors got the crowd excited with a B-O-W-S spell out, and green and white chant.
"Between the semifinals and the finals the team really worked hard and pulled together," Head Coach Mike Baker said. "The team really grabbed the crowd's attention early and kept them throughout our routine.
The 5th place finish was the highest finish for UH at nationals since 2006. In 2005, UH landed in 3rd place.
"I believe that the very positive reaction of the crowd insured us a spot in the Top 5," Baker added.
Alabama, Ohio State, UCF edged out UH with Kentucky taking the top spot in the division.
The Warriors' performance also earned them a guaranteed spot in next year's national championship. Click here to watch a video of the university's action-packed routine.
The UCA Championships will air on ESPN in February.