The Wildcats lost Saturday night, but one University of Kentucky cheerleader left Rupp Arena celebrating anyway.
As the cheerleaders huddled on the court after the game, Dallas Pringle turned around to find her boyfriend, Jack Ditto, down on one knee.
She burst into tears and said “yes.”
“It was the best surprise ever,” Pringle said. “It was awesome.”
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Pringle, 21, is a senior communications major from Reno, Nev.
Ditto, 27, is a Lexington native who works as a financial adviser at Hilliard Lyons.
The proposal comes at an exciting time for Pringle and other UK cheerleaders.
On Monday, Pringle tried out for the USA Cheer national team, which will compete at the International Cheer Union World Championships in April.
It was the third consecutive win for the team.
“She has three national championship rings, but this ring tonight’s gonna be her favorite,” said Dale Ditto, Pringle’s future father-in-law.
Jack Ditto surprised Pringle with a “pretty large cushion cut diamond” in a setting that he designed himself because, he said, “I just wanted it to be as personal as I could get.”
“It’s beautiful,” Pringle said.
Ditto said in an interview a few days before the proposal that he was feeling “very anxious.” He wanted to choose a big game for the proposal, and one that Pringle’s family would be able to attend as well.
“She’s the most unique, special person I’ve ever met,” he said.
The couple met three and a half years ago at Red White and Boom.
“That night, I told my friends I was going to marry her,” he said. “I even made a $1,000 bet with some friends.”
No word on when he plans to cash in on his winnings.