Championship Saturday began at the Felix Center in Azusa, California with the individual event finals, where five members institutions brought home hardware during a 15-event schedule. In a possible preview of Saturday night's championship meet, Baylor University won an event-leading five heats, followed by four victories for Oregon, three for Hawaii Pacific, two for Quinnipiac and one for Fairmont State.
In acro, Hawaii Pacific kicked off the event with a 9.90 in five-element acro to capture the first national championship of the afternoon. The Fairmont State team of seniors Brooke Fadeley, Courtney Stack and Nicole Uccello posted an 9.85 in the six-element acro to pick up the title, edging Baylor by 0.05 points for the crown. The Bears would not leave the acro event empty-handed, logging a 9.75 in the seven-element to score the victory.
Hawaii Pacific won two of the three pyramid heats, capturing a 9.90 in the inversion and a 9.80 in the open to move their trophy count to three. The Sharks nearly swept the pyramid, but Baylor forced a tiebreaker in synchronized pyramid, edging Hawaii Pacific, 9.80-9.75.
Oregon got on the board in the salto toss, scoring a 9.70 with a squad which included sophomore Casi Jackson and seniors Taylr Keating, Hannah Lictenthaler, Kaile Michaud, Krista Phillips. However, the stars of the toss event were the Quinnipiac Bobcats, who won the synchronized and open toss heats with a 9.45 and 9.60, respectively. Quinnipiac All-American seniors Kelsey Rule and Allee Tallman were members of both heats, helping the Bobcats best Baylor in the synchronized toss before defeating Oregon in the open heat.
The two national semifinalists split the tumbling event, capturing three heats apiece. Baylor won the duo and trio pass, capturing the duo heat with a 9.85, recorded by junior Lauren Sturm and sophomore Kaylee Adams. The Bear trio team of first years Mary Berdis, Elise Manning alongside senior Kiara Nowlin logged a 9.65 to win the Bears' fourth national championship.
After an exhilarating weekend that has showcased the best that collegiate acrobatics and tumbling has to offer, the tournament's top two seeds, Oregon and Baylor, will battle for the 2017 NCATA National Championship at 7 p.m. from the Felix Event Center.