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Men's and Women's basketball are both escaping the snow and cold of Pullman this week... And the WSU spirit squad is following suit as they head for Florida and the national championships.

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For the fourth-straight year, the Washington State Cougars are heading to the national championships.

That's not a sentence I get the opportunity to write that often.

This weekend, the Washington State cheer team, Crimson Girls and Butch T. Cougar will travel to the Sunshine State for their respective national championship tournaments at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando. The cheerleaders and Crimson Girls will take part in the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dancers Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships starting Saturday. But before that, you can watch Butch in the Mascot National Championship on Friday.

It's the 4th appearance at the championships for the cheerleaders and dancers, while Butch is making his 3rd appearance in the mascot championships. And before taking off, the teams gave students a preview of the routines they have planned for this weekend.

The best part: you can watch all of these performances live on ESPN3. For more information on the events, check out the official WSU release here.

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