Kansas City, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the qualifiers for the 2014 NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Invitational. The fourth annual event will take place March 14-15 at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Three Qualifying Competitions were hosted earlier this month with automatic qualifiers coming out of each event in both cheer and dance. Up to nine at-large teams were invited to the National Invitational based on the final scores achieved in the Qualifying Competition. In order to be eligible for national competition, teams must have followed NAIA eligibility rules and completed a regular season schedule.
Oklahoma City punched a ticket in both the cheer division and the dance division. Midland (Neb.) and Siena Heights (Mich.) join the host school in bringing two teams to the event. Baker (Kan.), Briar Cliff (Iowa), Concordia (Neb.) and Grand View (Iowa) will complete the list of dance teams competing for the title. The cheer division will have a full contingent of competitors with Aquinas (Mich.), Concordia (Mich.), Graceland (Iowa), Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), Lourdes (Ohio), Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Missouri Baptist, Missouri Valley and St. Gregory’s (Okla.) taking the mat.
The NAIA National Invitational will be following a new format this year with one division for competitive cheer and one division for competitive dance. All qualification for the Invitational is based on finish at one of the Qualifying Competitions.
The full schedule of competition will be posted later in the week. For more information on Competitive Cheer and Dance click here.2014 NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Invitational Qualifiers
|Aquinas (Mich.)||At Large #8|
|Concordia (Mich.)||East Automatic Berth|
|Graceland (Iowa)||At Large #3|
|Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)||At Large #6|
|Lourdes (Ohio)||At Large #7|
|Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||At Large #2|
|Midland (Neb)||North Automatic Berth|
|Missouri Baptist||At Large #9|
|Missouri Valley||At Large #4|
|Oklahoma City||West Automatic Berth|
|Siena Heights (Mich.)||At Large #5|
|St. Gregory’s (Okla.)||At Large #1|
|Baker (Kan.)||West Automatic Berth|
|Briar Cliff (Iowa)||At Large #4|
|Concordia (Neb.)||At Large #3|
|Grand View (Iowa)||North Automatic Berth|
|Midland (Neb.)||At Large #2|
|Oklahoma City||At Large #1|
|Siena Heights (Mich.)||East Automatic Berth|