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Dance & Cheer - Sat, Feb. 25, 2017

Bellevile, Ill. --Grand View won the dance division at the 2017 NAIA Cheer and Dance Southeast Regional Qualifier, Saturday in Belleville, Ill.

The Vikings posted a winning score of 90.3  points to win the division and earn an automatic berth to the NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championship, March 10-11 at Oklahoma City University. The Vikings scored the highest score at all four qualifiying regions. 

Grand View cheer scored their highest yet this season, performing a zero deduction routine. Missouri Valley earned a first-place finish and an automatic berth to the National Championship with a score of 85.9

There are 44 institutions that competed for eight qualifying group champions (four dance, four cheer). There will be 24 teams (12 dance, 12 cheer) that will make their way to the National Championship hosted by the Oklahoma City Stars in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 10-11. The top scoring team out of each qualifying group tournament, along with the next overall highest scoring teams in each sport, advance to the 2017 NAIA National Championships. The final list of all qualifiers will be available via a live video show on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. CST on

Dance Region Winners

Midland (Neb.) 89.9.

Aquinas (Mich.) 84.7

Grand View 90.3

Oklahoma City 84.3

Cheer Region Winners

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 73.4.

Davenport (Mich.) 95.2

Missouri Valley 85.9

Oklahoma City 91.5

The 2017 season marks the first year the sport will conduct a NAIA National Championship. The NAIA is the only collegiate athletics association to offer a national championship in this sport. Competitive Cheer and Dance is the first to earn national championship status within the NAIA in a span of 22 years,

For the qualification plan and the list of competitive cheer & dance institutions, click here.

For more information on Competitive Cheer & Dance Qualifier Events, click here.