In 1997, all 5 regionals hosted very small sized competitions in order to determine a National competition representative. MSSD was selected as the Mid-Atlantic representative based on having won the 1996 Mid-Atlantic Regional competition. The national competition was then held at Gallaudet.

Number of Regional competition teams: 12
Number of National competition teams: 5

1997 National Competition teams:

California School for the Deaf, Riverside (West)
Illinois SD (Midwest)
MSSD (Mid-Atlantic)
EDCO @ Newton North HS (Northeast)
North Carolina SD (Southeast)

National Championship match:
CSD Riverside defeated North Carolina SD

CSD Riverside Championship Team Roster:
Scarlett Bernstein
Rebecca Goldenbaum
Sara Robinson
Megan Walsh
Mitch Kurs (coach)

CSD Riverside team