Story by Allison Gappa, Oklahoma City Spirit Squads Public Relations
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – (Complete Results) NAIA spirit squads competed at the 2013 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) April 10-14 in Daytona Beach, Fla. This coincides with the third year of NAIA Cheer and Dance Championships where thirty-one teams from thirteen states competed for the coveted NAIA titles.
In the NAIA all-girl division, Oklahoma City University won the title. In second place was Indiana Northwest, coming in third was St. Gregory’s (Okla.) and fourth place went to Missouri Baptist.
In the NAIA small co-ed division, Missouri Valley took the title. Indiana Wesleyan was the runner-up, Ottawa (Kan.) came in third, Midland (Neb.) came in fourth, Campbellsville (Ky.) came in fifth, Concordia (Mich.) came in sixth, and Aquinas (Mich.) finished in seventh.
Oklahoma City won the NAIA large co-ed and Division II large co-ed title. Martin Methodist (Tenn.) was the runner-up in Division II large co-ed. OCU and Martin Methodist beat Division II teams Columbus State, Grand Valley State, Shorter, Tarleton State, and Lindenwood.
In STUNT the sport, Oklahoma City went into quadruple overtime with Division II team University of Central Oklahoma but came in second. The Stars clinched the runner-up spot for the Division II STUNT title. OCU Head Coach Brandy Corcoran was named the STUNT Division II/NAIA Coach of the Year and OCU Athletic Director was named the STUNT Division II/NAIA Athletic Director of the Year.
In NAIA small dance, Midland walked away with the title as well as being awarded with innovative choreography. Aquinas came in second, followed by Wayland Baptist (Texas), Baker (Kan.) finishing in fourth, followed by Briar Cliff (Iowa), and Saint Xavier (Ill.) Paw Prints finished in sixth.
In NAIA large dance, Oklahoma City won the title and was awarded with innovative choreography. St. Ambrose (Iowa) came in second place.
In Hip Hop Division II, Oklahoma City was the runner-up. Other notable NAIA teams were St. Ambrose coming in fifth place, Midland coming in tenth place and Grand View (Iowa) coming in eleventh place. There were eighteen teams competing and the rest of the teams were Division II teams.
In mascot, Oklahoma City finished as runner-up. There were ten mascot competitors ranging from Division I, II, and the only NAIA school was Oklahoma City University.
“I am so pleased with the growth if the NAIA divisions this year,” said Brandy Corcoran, President of NAIA Cheer and Dance. “There are five divisions total and there are 14 new teams this year. We received great feedback from the meet and greet at nationals and are ready to get this next year started.”
The competition will air on CBS Sports Network at 11 a.m. on April 28 and again on May 5 at 11 a.m.
Competitive Cheer and Dance is an emerging sport at the NAIA level and has had two successful invitational competitions in partnership with the NCA and NDA. All teams competing at the invitational level qualified by winning or gaining 75 percent of the winning teams score at its qualifying competition in early February.
For more information about STUNT the Sport, visit www.collegestunt.org.