Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
St. Ambrose grabbed the title of National Champion with a final score of 109.83, Midland grabbed 2nd with a final score of 109.45, and Grandview finished out the top 3 at 107.33.
“We gave a hard fight during our final performance, it was breathtaking. I am very happy as a coach of how far the dance team has gone this year. We made some new school records and received our 1st regional win in school history. The girls really gave it their all during their final performance and we finished very strong as a team,” said Coach Prill.
“This was the first year CCSJ's dance team competed in the NAIA National Invitational. As competitive dance goes into the second year as an emerging sport, I am excited to see how much more this will grow within the nation,” added Prill.
In 2016, NAIA Cheer and Dance will host their first ever National Championship as it becomes a true Varsity sport within the NAIA. This is a huge leap for the sport. Coach Prill is on the NAIA committee to develop this sport within the NAIA.
The dance team will finish the season out next Friday as CCSJ hosts the 2nd Annual Dance Team Showcase on March 27th at 7pm. CCSJ will be showcasing all of our halftime performances, solo's, duets, ensembles, and our competition routine. The doors are open to the public. The admission charge is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. The event is held in the Rittenmeyer Athletic Center.
CCSJ earned a score of 101.67 out of 120 points. In second place was Siena heights with 97.667 and rounding out the top three was Lindenwood University - Belleville with 92.167. Aquinas College finished 4th, Missouri Baptist finished 5th, Cardinal Stritch finished 6th, and Stephens College finished 7th.
“The dance team was really determined to earn this spot going into the competition. We were focused, ready, and geared toward this win. We focused a lot of timing, performance, and hitting all of our leaps, turns, and tricks all in sync,” said Coach Prill.
“We are very excited about the accomplishments we have had this year. We are happy to represent CCSJ at the National Invitational. Over the next few weeks we will focus on improving our score, increasing our degree of difficulty, and focusing on hitting all of the tricks,” added Prill.
CCSJ’s Jessica Moore earned NAIA Dance All-American. This is the first time in school history CCSJ has won a regional competition and produced an All-American.
Following CCSJ was Siena Heights in 2nd at 94.67, Cardinal Stritch in 3rd, and rounding up the competition was Aquinas in 4th. “
After a week of cleaning and working on our endurance, the girls really performed well. They fixed a lot of errors from last week and left the floor very happy in how they performed. We increased our technical skills and execution and our overall technique on the score sheet which helped us,” said Coach Prill.The Crimson Wave will get ready this week as they prepare for regionals on Saturday, February 21st at Siena Heights University. CCSJ will compete for a bid to the NAIA Cheer and Dance National Invitational at Midland University on March 13th and 14th.