DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2013 Islanders Dance Team advanced to the finals of the Division I Open after placing eighth out 21 teams today in the preliminaries at the National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championships in the Peabody Auditorium. The Islanders performed their sassy jazz routine in the preliminary round and received a score of 8.945 and will perform in the finals at 2:03 p.m. EST on Friday, April 12.
"I'm unbelievably excited and proud," Head Coach Melanie Lowry said. "With this being our first year at the championships and making it to the finals is a blessing. The girls are beyond excited. We have some choreography notes the judges gave us and the girls know what they have to do tomorrow, so we will be practicing hard into the evening to prepare for the finals. This entire trip has been completely worth it."
The event is the largest championship in the world for collegiate cheer and dance. The Islanders finished eighth out of 21 teams in the Division I Open which included UT Arlington, Marist College, American University, Stephen F. Austin, Southern Illinois University, Charlotte 49ers, Wright State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of New Hampshire, Villanova, Xavier, Georgia Southern University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State, Bryant, Illinois State, Idaho State, Utah Valley, Wichita State and Sam Houston State who won the division last year.
The top 11 finalist in the preliminaries received an automatic bid to the finals while the other 10 teams will get one more chance to advance tonight at 5 p.m. EST in the Challenge Cup. The first-place winner of the Challenge Cup will be the 12th and final team to advance to the finals.
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Finalist Sam Houston State University Orange Pride 9.615
Finalist Utah Valley University 9.450
Finalist Villanova University 9.370
Finalist Idaho State University Bengal Dancers 9.163
Finalist Wright State University‐ Emerald Jazz 9.153
Finalist Charlotte 49ers Gold Dusters 9.023
Finalist Stephen F Austin State University ‐ Pom Attack 9.020
Finalist Texas A&M University ‐ Corpus Christi 8.945
Finalist American University 8.878
Finalist University of Texas At Arlington 8.756
Finalist University of Illinois Chicago 8.733
Wichita State University 8.725
University of New Hampshire 8.720
Southern Illinois University 8.668
Bryant University 8.575
Illinois State University 8.475
University of South Dakota 8.400
Marist College 8.340
South Dakota State University 8.260
Xavier University 8.155
Georgia Southern University Southern Explosion 8.143