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Dance & Cheer - Tue, Feb. 28, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Tuesday the 2017 Competitive Cheer & Dance (CCD) All-America teams. Freshmen Marissa Signor and Jessica Pottridge were both named All-Americans along with captains Brittany Carlson (SO/Ankeny, Iowa) and Kelsey Walker (JR/Council Bluffs, Iowa) being named Honorable Mention. 

To achieve NAIA All-America or Honorable Mention status, student-athletes participate in a try-out. Officials judge the athletes during the try-out and All-Americans are determined by the judges' scores. The CCD Coaches Association officers then confirm the list of scores and athletes.

The All-America teams are designated by "All-America" and "Honorable Mention" status. This is the first-ever championship season for the sports of Competitive Cheer & Dance.

Overall, 14 different institutions – nine in Competitive Cheer and five in Competitive Dance – earned All-America status. The following programs earned Honorable Mention status: Aquinas (Mich.), Central Methodist (Mo.), Grand View (Iowa), Hastings (Neb.), Midland (Neb.), Morningside (Iowa), Point Park (Pa.) and St. Ambrose (Iowa).

The Grand View dance team qualified for the NAIA National Championship with the highest regional score of all teams. The 2017 NAIA National Championships are hosted by Oklahoma City University and will take place at the Abe Lemons Arena from March 10-11. Dance competition begins at 4:30 p.m. CST on March 10 with the cheer routines to start at 6:45 p.m. Saturday's activities will commence at 10 a.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 2:25 p.m.

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 these two sports. Competitive Cheer and Dance is the first to earn national championship status within the NAIA in a span of 22 years.

For more information on the championships, click HERE.