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Ducks Advance to Finals at National Championships
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 04/08/2010
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Oregon stunts and gymnastics team advanced to the finals of the NCA National Championships on Thursday afternoon, sitting in sixth place after day one of the two day competition. Oregon scored an 8.700 out of a perfect 10 to take the final automatic qualifying spot for the finals. The final five teams of the 11 squad All-Girl 1A Division will have a play-in for the seventh and last finals slot on Friday morning.

Defending national champion Louisville is currently in first place after scoring a 9.480. Maryland is in second (9.148), NC State in third (8.907), South Carolina placed fourth (8.791) and Georgia is just ahead of the Ducks in fifth (8.782).

Oregon scored a 9.200, good for second place, before deductions of three falls (-.1 each) and four "bobbles" (-.05 each) took them back to sixth.

"There were definitely some nerves out there for us," said head coach Felecia Mulkey. "We had a good afternoon practice though and I think we will go out there at hit our routine like we always do tomorrow."

Scores are not averaged between the two days. The best routine during the finals will win the national championship.

Judges at the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National Championships score teams on skill execution (tumbling, stunts, basket tosses, pyramids, jumps and motions/dance), skill difficulty, projection (artistic expression) and choreography.

After the play-in competition is held in the morning, the seven finalists will square-off starting at 5:35 p.m. ET. Oregon will go second after the play-in winner (roughly 5:41 p.m. ET) with the leader, Louisville, going last. Awards presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The finals will be rebroadcast on FOX SPORTS NET on the weekend
of April 24-25 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

NCA National Championships Prelims Standings
1. Louisville - 9.480
2. Maryland - 9.148
3. NC State - 8.907
4. South Carolina - 8.791
5. Georgia - 8.782
6. OREGON - 8.700
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7. Ohio State - 8.295
8. Michigan State - 8.266
9. Pittsburgh - 7.595
10. Penn State - 6.782
11. Illinois - N/A
* Note: scores do not carry over to finals. Best routine at finals wins.
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