BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Graceland University competitive Cheer and Dance programs competed at the 2017 NAIA Northwest Regional Qualifier on Friday, as the cheer team took home third place out of 11 teams, while the cheer team finished ninth out of 10 teams.
MNU earned first place in the cheer competition and earns an automatic bid into the 2017 NAIA Competitive Cheer National Championship on Mar. 10-11 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Cheer earned a third place finish on the day with a total score of 66.20. In prelims, the Lady Jackets posted a 16.97, before scoring a 49.23 in the finals.
"I could not be more proud of this team after today's competition," said Head Coach Julie Rivera. "We did wel in preliminaries with room for improvement, but in the last minute of warmups one of our athletes suffered a season ending injury. We had six minutes to come up with a plan. These athletes showed leadership, passion and perseverance like I've never seen before. We pushed through to perform with amazing energy and showmanship. Placing third overall felt like first in the end."
Midland University took home first place in the dance competition and earned the automatic bid to the 2017 NAIA Competitive Dance National Championship on Mar. 10-11 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
"This was a great learning opportunity for the girls to grow and be exposed to some awesome competition! We are always thankful for all the family and friends who come support us every single time! As well as all the other amazing universities/colleges for pushing us to be the best we can be," said Head Coach Mares Persall.
The dance team placed ninth, earning a preliminary score of 13.66. The team then moved to final competition score a 40.06. Together the team compiled a mark of 53.72.
"So thankful for the opportunity to compete at such a high level this week! More importantly, I feel proud of how these girls encourage, support and love each other above all things, continued Persall."
Final Standings 2017 NAIA Northwest Cheer Regional
1st Place – MNU – 73.4
2nd Place – Morningside – 70.6375
3rd Place – Graceland – 66.20833
4th Place – Hastings – 65.62083
5th Place – Benedictine – 61.94583
6th Place – Baker – 61.55417
7th Place – Kansas Wesleyan – 60.57083
8th Place – Midland – 59.89583
9th Place – Briar Cliff – 52.75833
10th Place – Concordia (Neb.) – 51.3833
11th Place – Doane – 47.02917
Final Standings 2017 NAIA Northwest Dance Regional
1st Place – Midland – 89.875
2nd Place – Morningside – 83.3125
3rd Place – Baker – 83.04167
4th Place – Hastings – 71.3333
5th Place – Benedictine – 65.47917
6th Place – Dordt – 60.41667
7th Place – Concordia (Neb.) – 56.4167
8th Place – Doane – 54.54167
9th Place – Graceland – 53.72917
10th Place – Kansas Wesleyan – 39.0625
The rest of the teams competing still have a shot at the NAIA National Championships as an at-large team.
The final at-large spots in cheer and dance will be awarded to teams based on their scores at their respective regional competition. Those bids will be handed out tomorrow.
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