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Acro & Tumb Concludes Regular Season at Azusa Pacific
Release Date: 04/16/2012
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EUGENE, Ore.- The reigning National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association Champions look to remain perfect as they conclude the regular season against Azusa Pacific on Tuesday (Apr. 17) at 7 p.m. in Azusa, Calif.

The Ducks (8-0), who close out the NCATA's regular season slate, still remain the only unbeaten team in the league heading into the meet.

Maryland outlasted Fairmont State on Friday (Apr. 13) and took back the NCATA record for total points, beating the Falcons, 291.500 to 286.650. Oregon had previously taken the record from the Terps on Mar. 28 when they defeated Fairmont State, 291.26-288.375.

UO was last on the mat on Mar. 31 when they beat Baylor for the second time this season, 275.135-265.91, in Waco.

Oregon and APU (3-3) have only faced each other once this season and that was when the Ducks tipped off the season on Feb. 17 in a tri-meet with APU and Quinnipiac. Oregon was victorious, winning the meet with 285.23 points. Azusa Pacific finished with 280.73 and Quinnipiac with 274.62 points.

The Ducks have been using the compulsory round as a solid starting point in meets and have already garnered seven perfect scores in the round, including three in the pyramid portion alone.

UO has earned six more 10's in the actual pyramid event with the latest flawless score coming against Baylor on Mar. 31 in heat one.

Tumbling has proved to be another strong area for the Ducks, with the strongest scores coming from the aerial and six-element passes. The faces behind those passes are senior Kelsey Rowell, the reigning NCATA champion in the aerial pass, and freshman Nicole Erlichman in the six-element pass. Rowell and Erlichman are the only two to earn perfect scores in those events in the league.

Despite the Terps taking back the total meet points record, the Ducks still own the top record in the team routine with their 106.76 they earned in the FSU meet on Mar. 28.

Last time out for APU, they defeated Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn, 287.375-287.215, marking the narrowest regular-season victory in the brief two-year history of National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) competition, with only last year's national championship matchup between Oregon and Maryland providing a closer finish (.129).

The battle between the Cougars and Ducks will take place at the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center. Fans can get live updates from the meet by following Oregon through their social media avenues, twitter (@OregonAcroTumb) and facebook.

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