Louisville's spirit squads won five national championships last weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The University of Louisville's spirit squads won five national championships last weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla. Here's a quick recap of the titles won by the U of L spirit squad groups.

It was a record-setting weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the University of Louisville spirit squads.

"Unbelievable," said Todd Sharp, the director of the spirit squads and the coach of the Ladybirds.

The Cardinals won five national titles - the most ever by a school in a single year - at the NCA/NDA National Championships. The Ladybirds dance team won the Division IA hip-hop title a day after being names national champions in the overall Division IA team division.

U of L also won with its cheerleading squads in the large coed division, the all-girl division and the stunt division.

"It was pretty remarkable," Sharp said. "What we put these kids through is pretty hard. What you see at a game is just a glimpse of what we do at nationals. It's a lot of time and a lot of hard work.

"These kids are athletes and I'm just so proud of every one of them."

In all, Sharp said 140 student-athletes at U of L were part of the national championships. It's the largest group in the country.

While U of L now has 55 national titles in just over 20 years of competing, it marked the first time the Ladybirds had won a double title. The most titles ever won prior to this year by a school was four in past by U of L.

Sharp said the entire coaching staff was "already thinking ahead as to what we can do to top it."

"It's going to be pretty tough to do," he said.


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