Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The Crimson Wave Dancers took a 1st place win in a field of seven teams with a total with a final score of 114.48 out of a possible 120 points.
The routine took a 9.0 or more out of 10 points in the 12 different categories on the score sheet. The other teams in the field included LU-Belleville, Stephens College, Lourdes College, Texas Wesleyan, Missouri Baptist and Robert Morris College.
"This was a great way to start off the 2014-15 dance season! The girls have been working very hard since the summer to improve technique, strength, control & endurance to complete a very difficult competitive piece. We are excited to take the judges critiques and implement them for our next competition. " said Head Coach Stephanie Prill.
The Crimson Wave will travel to Aquinas College on Sunday February 1st to compete in their second NAIA competition of the season. The level of competition will go up, as the ladies will compete against a field that includes St. Ambrose University, Cardinal Stritch University and Siena Heights University.
There were eighteen other college dance teams including teams in division 1, 1A, II, III, and NAIA. This camp includes a vigorous and high pressured competitive dance environment which makes the girls work together. The focus is team building and is a great way to get the ladies to come together as a group.
“The team learned a routine while attending camp that we had to compete on the third day of camp. We went out and performed this routine and earned 2nd place in Division III beating North Central College, Transylvania University, and Cumberland University. We fell just short of placing 1st right behind Davenport University,” said Coach Prill.
The end resulted in the best turn out in programs history which the girls are very proud of. Placing 2nd place earned CCSJ a Superior Ribbon and a bid to NDA College Nationals in April located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Crimson Wave also had four girls compete on the All-American Team which was also a first in the program’s history. They just fell short of the title, but a great effort by Rebecca Pederson, Kaylee Gleason, Marshawna Kendrick, and Jessica Moore.
“This camp started this season on an amazing note. We have amazing talent, focus, and dedication from the squad this year. I believe we will have the potential to place in the Finals this year at NDA Nationals with this success we have started out this year. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us,” said Coach Prill.
The team arrived in Daytona Beach on Wednesday afternoon with aspirations of capitalizing on last year’s success. The ladies first performance was Thursday in the preliminary round of the NAIA Small Dance Competition where they competed against ten other NAIA institutions. The Crimson Wave earned sixth place in the preliminary competition with a overall score of 8.305. The preliminary finish gave CCSJ a spot in the Challenge Cup Division. The ladies took third place in the Challenge Cup earning a score of 8.308. This finish was the highest score in the programs history along the highest place at nationals.
The Crimson Wave ladies returned to the competition on Friday for the preliminary round of the Hip-Hop competition. CCSJ took 16th place in the Hip-Hop competition.
The Crimson Wave Dance Team is becoming a strong force in the NAIA after the success at the NDA Collegiate Nationals the past two seasons. “I am extremely proud of the girls and what they accomplished this season. Every year the dance team has improved and to see that we can keep improving is a huge accomplishment. “said Coach Stephanie Prill
The dance team will take some time off before returning to practice to prepare for the NDA College Summer Camp.