Vanguard Surges In WGI Finals Performance - Achieve Silver Medal
Vanguard Score Raises Again to 97.75, Onyx wins with 98.75
April 15, 2012
CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY REPORT
The WGI Color Guard Championship Finals concluded Saturday evening with some tremendous performances - none more perfect or with a more emotional story than that of Santa Clara Vanguard. Vanguard's "John Henry - A Story for our Time" achieved the silver medal position all three days of the WGI competition in Dayton, OH, ending the competition with a 97.75, one point below the Onyx guard from Ohio, which has gone back and forth trading championships with Vanguard in the past three years.
The Vanguard's 34-member guard surged on Saturday evening with their best performance of the year and the crowd responded with enthusiastic appreciation.
The High School World Class Championship was won by Flanigan HS of Florida, while the guard from Logan HS in Union City, CA finished in the silver medal position.
Scores for the Independent World Class Finals:
1. 98.75 - Onyx
2. 97.75 - Santa Clara Vanguard
3. 95.90 - Pride of Cincinnati
4. 95.50 - Aimachi
5. 92.65 - Zydeco
6. 92.55 - Braddock
7. 92.50 - Opus 10
8. 91.15 - Blessed Sacrament
9. 88.85 - Imbue
10. 88.40 - Cypress Independent
11. 87.75 - Black Watch
12. 86.55 - Fantasia
13. 85.65 - First Flight
14. 84.30 - Alter Ego
15. 83.00 - Emanon
After a second day of prelims, Vanguard Winter Guard increased their score to a 96.75 maintaining their second place position, however, lost some ground to the leading Onyx guard who scored a 98.25. Onyx performed immediately after Vanguard.
Today's performance was a continued improvement for Vanguard, as evidenced by a more consistent excellence level from beginning to end and a higher level of emotion elicited from the spectators. While Vanguard staff believe there is still room for improvement, the show is obviously on its way to maximizing the performance level at the championship finals.
Third place was awarded to a solidly performing Pride color guard who scored a 95.30. Fourth place was achieved by Aimachi. Pride and Aimachi were tied in yesterday's first round of prelims.
Tomorrow evening is the Championship Finals competition.
Vanguard Winter Guard, the 2009 and 2011 WGI World Class Champion, were ranked second to Onyx, the 2010 WGI Champion, after Thursday's opening day WGI Prelims. Vanguard scored a 94.9, performing at the end of the second world class round, about 90 minutes before Onyx, who scored a 95.6, performing near the end of round three. Tied for third and performing before Vanguard were the Pride and Amaichi winter guards with each with a score of 92.9.
Today, Aimachi, Pride, Vanguard and Onyx will perform in the final round, in reverse order of yesterday's prelim finish. Today's late afternoon contest will determine the 15 finalists for Saturday evening's World Class Championship Finals.
Vanguard and Onyx have been at the forefront of the Winter Color Guard activity for the past four seasons and it's not surprising to see them battle for the Championship position in the activity. Follow the SCV Winter Guard on the SCV Facebook and Twitter sites for immediate results and pictures of the competition.
Next week, Vanguard Winter Percussion will enter WGI competition in the World Class for the first time, having been elevated from Open Class in March. VWP won the WGI Open Class Championship in 2011.
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