Dance places seventh at GPAC Championships

By Jake Knabel on Feb. 12, 2017 in Dance

HASTINGS, Neb. – While competing at the first ever Great Plains Athletic Conference Cheer and Dance Championships, the Concordia University dance team finished seventh. The event unfolded in front of more than 300 fans inside Lynn Farrell Arena on the Hastings College campus on Saturday (Feb. 11) afternoon.

The Bulldogs received a score of 57.30. Six cheer teams and seven dance teams participated in the championship event. Morningside cheer and Midland dance collected GPAC championships.

First-year head coach Mandi Maser’s dance squad also challenged two conference opponents in duals this season. After dropping a 75.7 – 74 decision versus Hastings on Jan. 25, Concordia defeated Doane, 74.7 – 70.2 on Feb. 8.

The NAIA qualifying events will be held Feb. 24-25. GPAC institutions will compete in the Northwest Grouping at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., on Feb. 24.

The 2017 season marks the first year that NAIA will sponsor an official dance and cheer national championship. The NAIA is the only athletics association to offer national championships in these sports.

2017 GPAC Championships results (dance)

  1. Midland - 81.50
  2. Morningside - 76.43
  3. Hastings - 73.07
  4. Dordt - 64.70
  5. Northwestern - 61.77
  6. Doane - 59.63
  7. Concordia - 57.30