By: Oklahoma City Sports Information Department
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma City University picked up national titles in cheerleading and dance Saturday at the NAIA Cheerleading/Dance Championships at Abe Lemons Arena.
The Stars have captured nine national championships in cheerleading and pom/dance the past three years. OCU won the NAIA large coed and large pom/dance championships in 2011, the NAIA all-girl and large coed crowns in 2012 and the NAIA all-girl and pom/dance titles, the NCA Division II coed championship in 2013 and now 2014 cheer and dance NAIA titles.
"It was fun because we have kind of been the trailblazers in the NAIA," OCU coach Brandy Corcoran said. "We get to hang the first red banners and we get to hang them in both sports, so that is fun for me."
OCU finished in first place with a total score of 110.08 in the dance competition. The Stars finished 1.56 points ahead of runner-up finishers Grand View (Iowa). Baker (Kan.) finished third followed by Midland (Neb.), Siena Heights (Mich.) and Concordia (Neb.).
OCU posted a final score of 92.67 to finish in first place in the cheer competition. St. Gregory's finished second with a sore of 91.46. Midland finished third followed by Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Graceland (Iowa), Missouri Baptist, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), Concordia (Mich.), Missouri Valley, Aquinas (Mich.), Siena Heights and Lordes (Ohio).
"I thought the performance today were amazing," Corcoran said. "We love it when teams come in and hit, and based off the difficulty and what you can do from that point all of the top teams hit and did well. They all had strong performances and it just shows that this is going to be a building community of athletes for the NAIA."