The final weekend of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) regular season lived up to expectations, providing acrobatics and tumbling fans a last chance to see several hopeful title contenders battle for momentum heading into the national tournament on April 26-28 in Erie, Pennsylvania.
No. 6 Fairmont State 261.030, Davis & Elkins 130.725
Davis & Elkins concluded its inaugural season at home against the Falcons, scoring a meet-high 9.40 in an open pyramid heat with a 9.70 start value. The Senators added an 8.725 in their final solo pass of the year to conclude a successful season under the leadership of head coach Shelby Armstrong. Fairmont State scored a 29.10 in the pyramid event, only suffering 0.90 deduction points while scoring three heats at or above a 9.75. The Falcons scored a meet-high 9.85 in compulsory toss alongside a pair of 9.80's in six-element acro and inversion pyramid.
No. 2 Azusa Pacific 284.640, No. 8 Converse 274.440
The Cougars turned a two-point halftime lead into a convincing, 10-point victory with a dominant second half, scoring a 58.000 out of a 59.15 start value in tumbling against Converse in the first meeting of the week between ranked teams on April 5. Azusa Pacific scored a 9.30 or above in all six tumbling heats, capped by a 9.90 in the open pass. In addition, the Cougars scored a perfect 10 in the open pyramid. Converse scored 9.75 or above in four heats, including a 29.05 event score in acro that included only 0.90 deduction points.
No. 10 Glenville State 260.220, Georgetown 123.000
Glenville State notched a 29.40 in pyramid event and a 28.95 in acro to earn a key victory over Georgetown on April 6. The Pioneers swept their way through five events en route to the win, sparked by a pair of stellar scores in tumbling. Glenville State notched a 9.775 in the aerial pass and a 9.675 in the open pass. Georgetown posted an 8.80 in inversion pyramid and an 8.75 in open pyramid, scoring a 25.50 out of 28.20 in the pyramid event.
No. 6 Fairmont State 263.355, No. 10 Glenville State 253.695
A perfect score in the compulsory toss heat propelled Fairmont State to its second win of the week against Glenville State. The Falcons captured a 29.30 out of 30 in the acro event and a 29.10 out of 30 in pyramid, sweeping all six events to capture the win. Glenville State battled with Fairmont State in the tumbling event, logging a pair of 9.15 scores in duo and open pass to begin a rally, but a 91.48 in team event by Fairmont State clinched the win.
West Virginia Wesleyan 253.315, Georgetown 125.825
West Virginia Wesleyan closed its inaugural season with a 253.315-125.825 win over Georgetown. The Bobcats posted a 9.45 in compulsory toss and a meet-high 9.50 in open pyramid, sweeping all five events en route to the win. Georgetown closed out the toss event with a 23.30 out of 26.80, adding a meet-high 24.35 event score in pyramid.
Concordia University Wisconsin 237.855, Adrian 213.325
Scoring a 28.95 out of 30 in the pyramid event, Concordia University of Wisconsin defeated Adrian, 237.855-213.325. The Falcons scored a meet-high 9.80 in synchronized pyramid, a 9.70 in inversion pyramid and a 9.60 in compulsory toss en route to the victory. Adrian logged an 8.725 in the aerial pass and an 8.60 in seven-element acro.
No. 1 Baylor 286.750, No. 4 Oregon 284.285
Oregon captured victories in pyramid, toss and tumbling to take a narrow lead into team event, but Baylor responded with a 103.00 out of a 109.01 start value to end the regular season undefeated after a 286.750-284.285 win over the Ducks in Eugene, Oregon. The meet started with both teams excelling in compulsory as Baylor captured a narrow, 38.85-38.70 win over the Ducks after scoring a 9.85 and 9.95 in the pyramid and toss heats, respectively. The Bears score a 9.90 or above in all three acro heats to increase their lead.
In the pyramid event, Oregon logged a perfect score in the open heat to earn a 0.6-point event victory to narrow the gap. The Ducks then scored a 29.70 in a toss event with a 29.80 start value, only suffering 0.1 deduction points to secure a critical, 0.15-point swing that put the home team in the lead. Oregon would then win the tumbling event, 56.475-56.350 for the narrow lead. Baylor opened the meet with a 29.80 in acro, notching 10 heats scoring a 9.85 or above.
No. 3 Quinnipiac 278.015, No. 5 Gannon 276.335
A near-perfect score in compulsory and a slight advantage in the team event ushered No. 3 Quinnipiac to a narrow, 278.015-276.335 win over Gannon in the regular season finale for both teams. Gannon impressed, capturing 10 heat wins but were unable to complete the rally against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac scored a 39.00 out of 40 in the compulsory event, including a perfect score in the compulsory toss to star the meet, able to edge Gannon after the Golden Knights logged perfect scores in compulsory pyramid and compulsory toss.
Gannon captured the acro event despite a perfect score in seven-element by Quinnipiac while the Bobcats scored their fourth perfect score of the meet with a 10 in inversion pyramid to win the pyramid event. A sweep of toss heats provided Quinnipiac another event win, but a 54.125 in tumbling kept the Golden Knights within striking distance. Quinnipiac's 97.69 in the team event usurped Gannon's score by 1.48 points, holding off the visitor's rally to secure the victory.