ANAHEIM, Calif - The Oregon stunts and gymnastics team is in first place after day one of the USA West Coast Collegiate Championships. The Ducks scored a 96.4 out of 100 to take the early lead in their 12-team division.
Azusa Pacific, which will be in Eugene on Feb. 21 for Oregon's NCSTA-format Duck Invitational along with Georgia and Ohio State, is in second place after tallying a 91.8. San Diego State rounds out the top three with an 88.9.
Head coach Felecia Mulkey had to make some last minute changes with her team in practice this week as the Ducks are without starting flyer Marly Campos, who injured her hand in practice prior to the Cheersport Championships in Atlanta last Saturday and Sunday. Eugene native Rali Manolova and Noelle Bali moved up in the rotation to fill in for Campos in the Ducks' stunt and pyramid elements.
"It wasn't the cleanest routine by any means, but I'm happy with how we came together after having very little time to make changes in practice," Mulkey said. "We have some room for improvement but we will clean it up tomorrow."
All teams will compete again tomorrow with their Sunday round score accouting for 40% of the eventual team total and the Monday round counting for 60%.
The USA West Coast Collegiates use the traditional competitive cheer format of just the 2 1/2 minute team routine.
Oregon - 96.4
Azusa Pacific - 91.8
San Diego State - 88.9
Cal Poly - 84.7
UC Santa Barbara - 80.7
Fresno State - 79.7
San Jose State - 76.6
Biola University - 75.5
Cal State San Bernadino - 70.1
Cal State Dominguez Hills - 66.7
Sonoma State - 65.6
UC Merced - 64.5