I'd like to take a moment to recognize how smoothly this competition ran for it's first time. The auditorium was incredible, the lighting system was impeccable, and Olentangy hosts such incredibly talented and humble students. I can't recommend this competition enough for other groups next year!
On that note, because I was with the Mini Swingers AND Swingers Unlimited today, I didn't get to catch any groups until the very beginning of finals. I was able to see Lebanon and Garfield Heights before I had to go get ready for our finals performance.
Lebanon: Last time I saw you was at Marysville and WOW has this show changed in an incredible way. Your group is filled with incredible soloists that I got to hear in solo comp as well! You killed it in finals, and it was hands down the best Lebanon performance I have ever seen
Garfield: That DICTION! You guys were honest a dark horse for me, and I enjoyed your show tremendously. You should also be proud of how far your show has come. Break a leg at Twinsburg!!
While I didn't get to see Harding, ETC, or Solon, I'm sure the shows were nothing short of incredible. Yesterday was a blast all around, and marked a wonderful halfway point in our season. Thank you to all of the host students and parents alike that put this entire competition on. You're all unspoken heroes and deserve medals yourselves.
The schedule I was given had the Tier III groups and Single-Gender choirs in one division labeled as "C/Single-Gender," so they were categorized as the Open Division above. All high school groups are eligible for finals, and there will be six finalists.