Doane’s dance team celebrated a championship performance at the Doane Invite with a score of 74.85 after performing their new routine with a theme of marriage for the first time.
The Tigers defeated second-place Concordia who had a score of 58.05 and third place York who scored 35.60.
The team was able to showcase its competition routine for the first time this season and are happy with the result.
Senior Hannah Alfree was excited because the team came in not knowing what to expect from the other teams since this was their first competition.
“We haven’t seen what the other teams could do,” says Alfree. “But we came in doing our best and we came out on top.”
Head Coach Ashley Lyon was excited to see the team do so well. She says she was happy to see the way the team has bought into the wedding theme of their new routine.
“I don’t know if they really understood it right away when I pitched [the theme] to them,” says Lyon. “But I think now it was the right choice.”
The Tigers’ score puts them at second in the nation for average score at competition according to the current National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics website rankings.
The score also was a slight improvement from their average score last year which earned them a bid to the national championship.
To get back to the national championship, they will need to be in the top twelve based on their average score at competitions or they will need to win the NAIA regional qualifier.
The team will continue to perform the same routine at their remaining six competitions.
Coach Lyon says they may make minor tweaks to the performance to help improve upon the score based on feedback from the judges as well as from what she sees in competitions.