Acrobatics and Tumbling Ducks Tame Azusa Pacific
Oregon (9-0), who was the only squad in the league to finish without a loss, awaits announcement of the NCATA National seeding that will take place April 19. The top two teams receive a bye from the qualifying rounds of competition.
Using the same formula for success that they have all season, the Ducks secured flawless scores in the pyramid and toss heats to propel them to win the compulsory round, 39.20-38.10.
Oregon stumbled in the acro round, taking the first heat, but losing the last two sets. The Cougars (3-4) were able to win the round 28.59-28.20, but UO still carried a 67.40-66.69 advantage into the pyramid event.
The Ducks powered through the pyramid event with ease, tallying two 9.90s and a 9.80, creating more distance between themselves and the Cougars, 97.00-95.59.
APU took the final heat of the toss round, but stronger scores in the first two heats allowed UO to take their fourth straight event.
With almost a three-point lead heading into the tumbling round, Oregon picked up almost all of their start value points in all six events, recording 57.500 points out of 59.65. The highest score by a Duck was recorded by freshman Nicole Erlichman in the six-element pass. The Folsom, Calif. native earned a 9.925 out of 10.
The Cougars won the team routine round, 96.91-94.86, to close out the meet, but it was not enough to take down the defending national champions as they wrapped up their 10thstraight victory, dating back to last year’s championship.
The NCATA National Championships are being hosted by Baylor, Apr. 26-28 in Waco, Texas. The week of activities starts off with an awards banquet on Wednesday (Apr. 25) followed by the first round of qualifying competitions.