College Dance Team Central

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

CSB Dance Team Takes Second At Nationals

St. Ben’s earned highest ever team finish in national competition

By Tom Mix
The Record

Senior captain Jessica Remhof and the rest of the CSB dance team got a thrill of a lifetime last weekend.
The team was awarded second place at the United Dance Association National Open Division Meet Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

“When we had hear the third place team announced and our name was not said yet we all got really excited,” Remhof said. “When we got second place, we were all in shock and disbelief. We had achieved the impossible.”

The second-place finish was the best team performance at nationals for the St. Ben’s dance team, who placed fourth in 2007. Capturing runner-up honors guarantees St. Ben’s will be featured on ESPN at a date and time to be determined.

The team submitted a video-taped performance of its routine in the fall and were selected as one of the 28 open-division teams invited to compete at the national meet.

The team was pre-ranked seventh heading into the two-day meet and knew they wanted to prove the ranking wrong.

“We accepted the seventh place ranking and knew we had a lot of potential,” senior captain Ali Jacobson said. “We knew we had to work harder to get a higher ranking at nationals.”

The practices appeared to payoff as the team jumped to a second-place ranking after the first day of competition heading into the 13-team semifinal.

Defending national champion Orange Coast College (Cali.) ranked first after day one, but was upset by St. Thomas who captured the championship after being ranked third heading into the semifinals.

The Tommie dance team had a one-point advantage over St. Ben’s in the final scoring tally.

“We were excited for the second-place finish because it’s the highest we’ve ever placed at the national meet,” Jacobson said. “We are completely self coached and rely on ourselves.”

Remhof said the team’s finish was a team effort.

“Not having a coach makes the second place finish sweeter because we know we got there together and achieved on our own without the external help of coaches and choreographers,” Remhof said.

The team returns home to compete in its own competition Saturday at the CSB.