FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University Dance had another solid showing this past weekend at the NAIA Northwest Regional Qualifier held in Fremont, Nebraska. The Warriors, who have placed first in each of their competitions coming in, did so once again earning the automatic bid to the NAIA Competitive Dance National Championship.
“I am so proud of this team for their great season so far,” commented head coach Katie Speicher. “They really stepped it up from the preliminary round into finals. They walked off their floor from their second performance with zero deductions and higher scores in almost every area of the score sheet.”
Midland posted an opening round score of 82.58 thanks to a strong performance in their Jazz and Pom techniques. With the highest score during prelims, the Warriors would earn the right to close out the night with the final dance routine.
In that final routine Midland wowed the crowd and the judges once again earning the best score of the day, an 86.08. Combining the scores from both performances, with the finals counting as 75%, the Warriors ended up with a final score of 85.21.
The next highest teams were fellow GPAC schools Morningside College and Doane University. Morningside finished second with a score of 79.27 while Doane posted a score of 79.10. Loyola University of New Orleans was fourth with a score of 72.71. All three teams will join the Warriors after receiving at-large bids on Sunday.
“We have a lot of work to do as we prepare for Nationals, but this team has the work ethic, talent, and mental toughness to compete with some of the best teams in the nation,” Speicher added.
The NAIA Dance National Championship will take place on March 8-9 in Davenport, Iowa. The two-day event will begin with prelims on Friday followed by finals on Saturday on the campus of St. Ambrose University. For more information on the NAIA Championship, click here.