Lourdes Posts Best Finish Ever at NAIA Cheer National Championships

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Lourdes moved up on spot on the final day of competition Saturday at the NAIA Competitive Cheerleading National Championship on Saturday, and finished in fifth place overall inside of Lee Lohman Arena in Davenport, Iowa.

The Gray Wolves, which were sixth after the preliminary round, finished with a final score of 74.68, after the final round accounted for 75% of the team’s total. Lourdes was more than five points ahead of sixth place Cumberlands (Ky.), which finished with a total mark of 69.30.

“Today was our best performance of the year,” head coach Chelsea Leis said afterwards. “We finally were able to hit our finals routine which was all I could ask of the team. This team is special and I knew at the beginning of the season that they were bound for greatness.”

Concordia (Mich.) took home the team title with a score of 82.12 while Oklahoma City moved up to second place, finishing with a mark of 81.0. Host Saint Ambrose (80.68) and Missouri Valley (77.29) were third and fourth respectively, just ahead of the Gray Wolves.

Lourdes was flawless on the final day, and did not have any final round deductions.

“This team pulled off the program’s highest finish yet, moving up from prelims,” Leis added. “I am so proud of all the hard work, trust, and dedication that this group has put in, and it has all paid off for them today.”