Wolf Pack competitive cheerleading finishes seventh at NAIA National Qualifier

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(Shawnee, OK.) The Loyola University New Orleans competitive cheerleading team embarked on the Sumner Field House on Saturday morning to compete in the first-ever NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championship Qualifier Competition hosted by Saint Gregory’s University.

Loyola joined 44 institutions spread across four qualifying groups with each vying for one thing – to be one of the 12 teams invited to the NAIA National Championship in Oklahoma City on March 10. In order to receive an invite, a team must finish inside the top two at its national qualifying tournament. The final list of all qualifiers will be available via a live video show on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. CST on NAIA.org.

With a chance to qualify for the NAIA National Championships on the line, the Wolf Pack posted a team score of 72.42 to wrap up the preliminary round in fourth place in the nine-team field.

Standings after the preliminary round
1. Oklahoma City – 91.97
2. Bethel College – 77.83
3. St. Gregory’s – 75.53
4. Loyola – 72.42
5. Texas Wesleyan – 71.25
6. Tabor – 70.78
7. Sterling – 66.58
8. Mobile – 65.70
9. Wayland Baptist – 62.43

Trailing that coveted second position by just over five points, the Wolf Pack was prime to make a run for the National Championship heading into the finals. Despite having some serious momentum entering its last routine, the Wolf Pack struggled during its second performance and only managed to record 71.58. When the final scores were tabulated, Loyola finished the event with a 71.79 overall score to end the event in seventh place.

Final standings
1. Oklahoma City – 91.51
2. St. Gregory’s – 80.04
3. Bethel College – 79.28
4. Tabor – 74.74
5. Sterling – 74.17
6. Mobile – 72.36
7. Loyola – 71.79
8. Texas Wesleyan – 71.32
9. Wayland Baptist – 68.82

Although the result might not have been what Loyola was hoping for, the Wolf Pack and head coach Rickey Hill leaves Oklahoma with their heads held high. Loyola dazzled in its first season as a varsity sport in 2017, defeating Mobile 165-155 in its inaugural competition before taking second at the first-ever SSAC Cheer and Dance Championships on Jan. 28. Expect even bigger things from the team in 2018, as the squad will bring back SSAC All-Conference honorees Troi McClure (FR/Atlanta, Ga.) and Cassidy Wells (SO/Marrero, La.) next year while only graduating one senior.

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