FAIRMONT, W. Va. -- In its first road competition of the season, the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team handled Fairmont State and Gannon easily at the Joe Retton Arena on Monday. The top-ranked Ducks scored a 281.050 to win the tri-meet and improve to 7-0 on the year.
Head coach Felicia Mulkey and the Ducks improved their win-steak to 27 meets, a streak dating back to March 24, 2011. The Ducks won all six heats to kickoff a streak of three meets in six days in a winning effort. The Falcons tallied a 262.050 team score, while the Knights finished with 248.885. UO’s team score ranked as its second-best this season.
Oregon jumped out to lead after scoring a 38.150 in the compulsory rounds, beating both squads in three-of-four heats. The Ducks won the acro (9.70), toss (9.85) and tumbling (8.90) compulsory heats to take a lead they would maintain throughout the tri-meet.
The Ducks edged Fairmont State by .45 and Gannon by 2.15 in the acro event. The Ducks started strong, scoring a 9.80 in the first heat - their best acro score of the meet.
Behind a strong showing in the pyramid event, Mulkey’s Ducks entered halftime with a decisive lead. UO outscored both teams by at least one point after tallying a 29.70, a new season-best. The judges gave UO scores of 9.95, 9.90 and 9.85 in the event.
The Ducks tallied another even victory in toss, scoring a 29.30 in the event to best each team by over a point. UO’s best heat came right off the bat as the Ducks scored a 9.95 in their first toss heat.
Scoring a 57.350, Oregon all but wrapped up the tri-meet victory after outscoring both teams by wide margins in the tumbling event. The Ducks’ top score came in the six-element pass, where they tallied a 9.95.
Oregon remained undefeated in the team routine, scoring a 97.600 on the event to clinch the tri-meet win. The Falcons scored an 89.630, while the Knight’s routine earned an 84.760.
The Ducks will compete for the second time in as many days Tuesday, taking on Alderson Broaddus at 4 p.m. (PT). In a tri-meet at Matthew Knight Arena earlier this season, Oregon defeated the Battlers, 286.100-258.380.