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Starlets score silver at dance, cheer challenge

February 8, 2015

By Adam Samson, Sports Information Director

In front of a packed house at Silverthorne Arena, Stephens College hosted its first-ever cheer and dance competition. As host of the Stephens College Dance & Cheer Challenge, the Starlets took home silver in the dance competition.

The team of Beck Saunders, Natalya McDaniel, Destiney Lockhart, Emma Powers, Victoria Vitale and Bernadette Murray performed a flawless routine without deductions and compiled an average score of 84.17 and finished above competitors Lindenwood University-Belleville, Robert-Morris University-Chicago and Texas Wesleyan University.

St. Ambrose University, which averaged 98.00 points, cruised to a first-place finish in the dance competition.

In addition to dance, Stephens accommodated six cheer squads on Saturday. In a tightly contested clash for first, second and third, Missouri Valley College came out on top with an average score of 83.75. Not far behind was Texas Wesleyan with 83.67 and Central Methodist with 81.08.

Following the inaugural Stephens College Dance & Cheer Challenge, several teams competed head-to-head in front of a new set of judges. Competing in a dual with Texas Wesleyan, the Starlets posted an impressive 104.5-78.5 win over the Rams’ dance team.

In two weeks, the Starlets will be headed to Adrian, Mich., for the NAIA Qualifying Competition - East Regional.For complete results, visit the new online home for athletics,

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