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As usual, we'll be bringing you more in-depth recaps and updated standings from around the country, but wanted to tell you who won what and where quickly.
Two more teams qualified for Nationals, New Orleans Royale and Atlanta Old White. Royale beat Old White 26-5 to win the South's qualifier in New Orleans Saturday and take the region's top seed to Nationals. Old White actually punched its ticket with a 19-12 defeat of the Florida Heat in one semifinal, and New Orleans bounced Charlotte in the other semi.
In the Midwest, Chicago had already sewn up a bid to Nationals, and 1823 practically had, but the regional title and seeds to Nationals had not yet been decided. In Grand Rapids, for the fourth time this summer, the Lions and 1823 met in a tournament final. And for the third time this summer, the Lions won, this time 29-7. 1823 led 10-7 at halftime.
In Southern California, Belmont Shore beat Santa Monica's second side 42-0 in the final of Sunsplash 7s. Belmont beat Santa Monica's top side 19-12 in one semifinal, and Santa Monica's seconds beat the Old Aztecs in the other semifinal. Santa Monica beat the Old Aztecs for third-place. The results will see Belmont close the gap to one point in the SoCal standings, though Santa Monica still sits at No. 1 with one tournament left to play.
New England Prime took the fourth Northeast Qualifier Saturday in Princeton, NJ, knocking off first-place Old Blue 28-21 in the final. The Prime also beat Old Blue in pool play. It’s the first tournament win for the Prime this season, and it reels them within striking distance of a Nationals berth with one more qualifier left to play.