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The best Open and World class groups will take over UD Arena in WGI Finals competition all day long as they push to the very last moment.
After three days of prelims and semifinals, the finalists have been set and the last Saturday of the 2019 WGI Guard season will close out the year with the pinnacle of the marching arts being put on display all day long, 9AM ET to 11PM ET.
Starting with Tampa Independent (which made it in by just .1 over JSU Center Stage), Independent Open will begin the day at UD Arena before the rest of Open and World class take the floor. The 15 best Independent Open groups will perform throughout the morning.
George Mason University Winterguard currently leads the pack with a 97.90 and has their eyes locked onto the gold medal tomorrow. Paramount Open is in tow by about 1.6-points, and FIU Winterguard another 9-tenths behind them.
The tightest scores lie between Origins and Sensation Performance Ensemble in 4th and 5th, respectively, and Vox Artium, Legacy, and Alta Marea with only .1 separating each in 7th-9th. This is a race you're going to want to keep your eyes on.
Scholastic Open will quickly follow Independent Open, beginning at 11:30 AM ET.
Leading Scholastic Open is three groups that, although they are all on opposite sides of the country, they are also evenly matched in skill and performance quality. Fishers HS, Arvin HS, and Dripping Springs will be looking to improve upon their semifinals scores.
Arvin led in prelims with a score 92.7 but was quickly matched during semifinals when Fishers popped a 94.7, tying the California guard. Dripping Springs was only four-tenths behind the two with a 94.3 in semifinals on Friday, as well.
Well, let me just start out with this—Avon earned a 98 in semifinals. Want to see a group break the high score record? This is the one to watch.
The best part about that, though, is the quality of performance and design coming from the rest of the finalists in WGI's Scholastic World class. West Broward and Center Grove sit in second place with a tie at 95.1. Another tight race lies between Trumbull HS and Miamisburg HS—in 5th and 6th place with only two-tenths separating them.
Stoneman Douglas is another group to watch after making huge improvements from prelims to semis, going from 9th in their round to 12th overall.
Catch Scholastic World after a nice long break, beginning with Bellbrook HS at 5:30 PM ET. Avon HS will close out finals competition for SW at 7:50 PM.
The moment we've all been waiting for. The leading edge of artistry and design in winter guard—and truly the entire marching arts activity—will be fully on display Saturday night, April 6.
From Mayflower starting off the show at 8:30 PM to Pride of Cincinnati closing their final doors at 10:50 PM, it will certainly be a night for the history books.
Pride of Cincinnati currently leads the pack with an incredible score of 97.4, priming them for a push towards 98+ in their final performance on Saturday evening.
Every second of every performance during IW finals will be worth the watch. But, the closest groups, by score, will be Diamante and Imbue sitting in 3rd and 4th after semis with a 95.7 and 95.4, respectively. Another close race exists from 11th and 12th with Fantasia and CGT Denton, a brand new group in Independent World that has made the push all the way to finals.
Lexis is another group to keep your eyes on after taking huge strides from prelims to semis, going from 16th overall to 14th overall and making finals.
Catch it all on FloMarching including finals retreat and scores after it's all said and done late Saturday evening!
See you there, and thank you for watching and reading all season long. The team here at FloMarching truly loves this activity and appreciates you all for joining us this WGI season.