After the exciting action from Quarterfinal Thursday at the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA), the field for the individual event finals have been announced. Comprised of the top qualifying scores from Thursday's competitions, the Individual Event Finals will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Hammermill Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The top four qualifiers in each heat earned a bid to the individual event finals, although multiple teams qualified if posting equal scores on Thursday. In addition to the Thursday qualifiers, at-large bids were awarded to the highest-scoring heat from a non-qualifying team throughout the regular season. Multiple bids were awarded if two more teams recorded the same at-large qualifying scores.
An impressive, tournament-opening win by Oregon provided the Ducks with a tournament-high 11 qualifiers, followed closely behind by tournament top-seed Baylor, who will send nine heats to individual event finals. The four tournament semifinalists will be well-represented at individual event finals as seven Azusa Pacific heats will join six heats from Quinnipiac.
Hawaii Pacific clinched five qualifying scores while Gannon and Converse earned four berths each. Fairmont State concluded the tournament qualifiers with a pair of qualifying heats. The at-large bids included heats from Alderson Broaddus, Concordia University Wisconsin, Glenville State and King. Glenville State led the way with seven heats, followed by six qualifiers for Alderson Broaddus and one heat apiece for King and Concordia University of Wisconsin.
The Individual Event Finals will follow the 2018 NCATA National Championship meet between No. 3 Quinnipiac and No. 1 Baylor, set to begin at 4 p.m. EST from the Hammermill Center. For more attendee information regarding the NCATA Championships, visit the Gannon University Tournament Central.