Dance, Cheer earn third at GPAC

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The Dance and Cheer teams both placed third at the GPAC Championships.

The Doane cheer and dance teams each earned third-place at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships, hosted in Crete on Saturday.

The cheer competition started the day and the Tigers earned a 66.17 for their routine, their highest ever score in a GPAC Championship. 

The team ended up only 3.76 points behind second-place Hastings. 

Midland won the cheer competition with a score of 80.87. 

The third-place finish matches the Tigers best finish at the conference championships.

According to Doane Athletics, the team scored strongest in its partner/group stunts, its jumps and for its general impression/showmanship. 

On the dance side of the competition, the Tigers earned a 78.20 - the team’s highest score in a GPAC Championship and its second-highest score of the season. 

The team fell behind defending national champions, Midland, who placed second, and Morningside - the GPAC champions

The GPAC Championships are not the end of the season for the Tigers. 

They will head to Sioux City, Iowa to compete in the NAIA Regional Championship on Feb. 29, to try and earn automatic bids to the national championship. 

Winning the regional earns them a spot at nationals. 

If the teams do not win their regional but are in the top-12 for average scores at meets throughout the season, they will earn a bid to the championship event, according to a previous Doaneline article

According to the NAIA, the dance team is eighth in the nation and the cheer team is 34th