The University of Oregon acrobatics & tumbling team will target its fifth National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championship as the top seed in the 2017 NCATA Tournament, set to begin on Thursday, April 27 from Azusa Pacific University.
Finishing the regular season with identical 6-1 records, Oregon and Baylor enter the tournament as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. Splitting their regular season series, the Ducks and Bears could possibly meet for the third consecutive time in the NCATA National Championship, the past two of which have been won by Baylor.
Quinnipiac earns the No. 3 seed with a 5-2 record, entering the tournament on a five-meet winning streak. Starting the year 0-2 with losses to Baylor and Oregon, the Bobcats have rallied under the leadership of 2016 NCATA Coach of the Year Mary Ann Powers, including a 3-0 record in the inaugural season of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Acrobatics & Tumbling league. Hawaii Pacific University is seeded fourth, looking to make its first-ever appearance in the championship meet after advancing to the semi-finals the past two years.
Tournament host Azusa Pacific University will be seeded fifth, hoping to return to the national title meet for the second time in program history, the first occurring in 2014, APU's first time hosting championship week. Alderson Broaddus is ranked sixth after a strong 5-2 campaign, which included a 2-1 mark in ECAC play. Fellow ECAC members Gannon and King are seeded seventh and eighth, respectively.
Maintaining the structure seen in previous years, the tournament will consist of eight teams competing in a bracket-style, single elimination tournament, culminating in Saturday's championship meet. The individual event finals consist of the top four individuals or groups from across the landscape of the NCATA in each heat of acro, pyramid, tumbling and toss events. An unforgettable weekend showcasing the best competition in the nation, the 2017 NCATA Championship Weekend is poised to be a must-see event.
The schedule for Thursday is as follows:
10 a.m.: No. 3 Quinnipiac vs. No. 6 Alderson Broaddus
12 p.m.: No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 7 Gannon
2 p.m.: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 8 King
4 p.m.: No. 4 Hawaii Pacific vs. No. 5 Azusa Pacific
Tickets for the three-day event are available at the following, daily rates:
Seniors (62 and Over): $7
Children (2 and Under): Free
Friday will decide the 2017 NCATA National Championship matchup with semifinals at 5 and 7 p.m., and a jam-packed Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with the NCATA Individual Event Finals. The 2017 NCATA National Championship takes place at 7 p.m. live from the Felix Center.
In addition, an all-tournament pass is available at the rate of $30 per person. The all-tournament pass grants the bearer admission to the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship meets along with the individual event finals. Azusa Pacific University will present free live video streams of all events throughout championship weekend through a partnership with Stretch Internet.