It's pretty close at the top, with only 0.425 separating first place from third after the Open Class Semifinals on Friday, Aug. 8 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
View the complete recap of scores from this event.
Blue Devils B (1st, 95.850) took 1st in Music Effect and Visual Ensemble, 2nd in Visual Effect, Visual Performance, Music Ensemble and Percussion, 3rd in Brass and 5th in Color Guard. Being only 0.25 above Vanguard Cadets in overall score, which is less than the 0.30 advantage the corps enjoys in Visual Effect. However, the corps is equally under Vanguard Cadets in Percussion when one remembers to divide the Percussion score in half before adding it to the overall score. (Only the Visual Effect and Music Effect scores are added to the final score without being divided in half.)
Vanguard Cadets (2nd, 95.600) took 1st in Visual Performance, Brass and Percussion, 2nd in Music Effect, 3rd in Visual Ensemble and Music Ensemble, 4th in Visual Effect and 6th in Color Guard. Despite winning so many captions, the corps remains just 0.175 above Jersey Surf. The 0.30 deficit in Visual Effect to Blue Devils B is greater than the corps' overall deficit to the corps currently in 1st place, and had the corps received the same Visual Ensemble score as Blue Devils B, the two corps would have tied for 1st place.
Jersey Surf (3rd, 95.425) took 1st in Visual Effect and Music Ensemble, 2nd in Visual Ensemble, Color Guard and Brass, 3rd in Percussion, 4th in Visual Performance and 5th in Music Effect. The Music Effect score was 0.70 under that for Vanguard Cadets and 0.90 under the score for Blue Devils B, and was the only caption the corps lost to Oregon Crusaders and Teal Sound. That spread is greater than the overall deficit to the corps currently sitting in 1st and 2nd place. Despite the placements of 4th, 2nd and 2nd in Visual Performance, Visual Ensemble and Color Guard, respectively, the corps won total Visual, a combination of those three captions.
Oregon Crusaders (4th, 93.325) was 3rd in both Effect captions, 4th in Color Guard, Brass and Music Ensemble, 5th in Visual Ensemble and 6th in Visual Effect and Percussion. There is no caption that currently is single-handedly preventing the corps from sitting in a medalist position.
Teal Sound (5th, 92.900) was 3rd in Color Guard, 4th in Music Effect, Visual Ensemble, 5th in Visual Performance, Brass, Music Ensemble and Percussion and 6th in Visual Effect. The 0.60 deficit to Oregon Crusaders in Visual Effect was 0.175 greater than the overall deficit to OC.
Citations (6th, 91.525) was 1st in Color Guard, 3rd in Visual Performance, 5th in Visual Effect, 6th in Brass and Music Ensemble, 7th in Visual Ensemble, 8th in Music Effect and 14th in Percussion.
Spokane Thunder (7th, 90.750) was 6th in Music Effect, Visual Performance and Visual Ensemble, and 7th in all other captions, tying for 7th in Percussion.
Revolution (8th, 88.375) took 4th in Percussion, 7th in Music Effect, 8th in Visual Ensemble and Brass, 9th in Music Effect and Visual Ensemble, 10th in Visual Effect, and 11th in Color Guard.
Raiders (9th, 86.600) tied for 7th in Percussion, took 9th in Music Effect and Visual Ensemble, 10th in Visual Performance and Brass, 11th in Music Ensemble, 12th in Visual Effect and 13th in Color Guard.
Dutch Boy (10th, 86.525) was 8th in Visual Effect, 9th in Percussion, 10th in Color Guard and Music Ensemble, 12th in Music Effect, Visual Performance and Brass and 13th in Visual Ensemble.
Beatrix (11th, 85.525) took 8th in Visual Performance and Music Ensemble, 9th in Color Guard and Brass, 11th in Music Effect, 12th in Percussion, 14th in Visual Ensemble and 16th in Visual Effect.
Memphis Sound (12th, 84.475) was 10th in Music Effect and Visual Ensemble, 11th in Visual Effect and Visual Performance, 12th in Color Guard and Music Ensemble, and13th in Brass and Percussion.
Yamato (13th, 85.250) advanced into Finals as Beatrix is technically in the International Division and cannot knock an Open Class member out of Finals. The corps was 8th in Color Guard, 9th in Visual Effect, tied for 10th in Percussion, was 11th in Visual Ensemble and Brass, 13th in Visual Performance and 15th in Music Effect and Music Ensemble.
Spartans (14th, 82.700) tied for 10th in Percussion, was 16th in Visual Performance, Visual Ensemble and Brass, and was 13th or 14th in the remaining captions.
Legends (15th, 82.000) took 12th in Visual Ensemble, 14th in Visual Effect and Music Ensemble and 15th or 16th in the remaining captions.
Velvet Knights (16th, 81.575) was 13th in Music Effect, 14th in Visual Performance and Brass and 15th or 17th in all other captions.
7th Regiment (17th, 78.375) was 17th or 18th in all captions.
Impulse (18th, 77.300) was 16th in Music Ensemble and Percussion, 17th in Music Effect and 18th in all other captions.