Concordia places in tie for fourth at showcase event in York

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 10, 2023 in Dance

YORK, Neb. – For the fourth time in five competitions this season, Concordia University Competitive Dance earned a score in the 80s. The Bulldogs hit that mark on Friday (Feb. 10) while performing at the York University Crown Classic in the Freeman Center in York, Neb. Their score of 80.33 landed them in a tie for fourth place out of 14 teams. Concordia will welcome essentially the same field of squads to its own event on Saturday.

This marked the sixth competition for the Bulldogs since beginning their season on Jan. 11. Head Coach Mandi Maser’s squad is proving it can compete both on the GPAC and NAIA national levels.

Said Maser, “Our dancers performed well in a great environment. We changed some things up in our routine and added a little more difficulty. They executed it really well and did a great job. It was a huge competition, which was something we really enjoy.”

Senior Katie Birtell led a group of seven Bulldogs into action on Friday night. Grand View University (Iowa) wound up as the event champion. Concordia managed to improve on its score of 78.97 from last week’s Doane Invite. The high score for the season (and in program history) remains the 85.9 the Bulldogs posted in a home dual win over Morningside.

Concordia competition roster

·        Aubrey Baumann (Chester, S.D.)

·        Katie Birtell (Columbus, Neb.)

·        Ryleigh Flesner (Greeley, Colo.)

·        Taylor Larsen (Ravenna, Neb.)

·        Avery Lewis (Seward, Neb.)

·        Elise O’Neill (North Platte, Neb.)

·        Maddie Wittstruck (Milford, Neb.)

2023 Competition Scores/Results
1/11 – 80.55 (dual vs. College of Saint Mary)
1/19 – 85.9 (dual vs. Morningside)
1/25 – 83.1 (triangular vs. Hastings/Mount Marty)
1/28 – 1st place (CIT)
2/3 – 78.97 (3rd place at Doane Invite)
2/10 – 80.33 (T-4th place at York Crown Classic)

Next up will be Saturday’s Concordia Day of Duals, which will get started at 10 a.m. CT from Friedrich Arena. The event will feature 18 total institutions, accounting for 15 cheer and 15 dance teams. More details on the event can be found HERE. The Bulldogs will also use the event to honor six seniors: Katie Birtell, Brenden Ingram, Madi Koch, Sabrina Reed, Kathryn Taylor and Lizbeth Vargas-Tapia.