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The final stretch of the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team’s regular season gets underway next week as the second-ranked Ducks compete in three meets over seven days.
UO (4-0) heads to east for dual meets against Quinnipiac on Monday (6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific), No. 1 Maryland on Thursday (7 p.m./4 p.m.) and Fairmont State on Saturday (6 p.m./3 p.m.).
Oregon currently boasts the top average score in the country at 280.521 and is one of two undefeated teams in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association, with Maryland being the other. The Ducks boast the nation’s top score in three of the six events: stunt (29.40), basket toss (29.22) and tumbling (54.29).
Quinnipiac is 1-3 on the season and posted its season-high score of 265.208 in its season opener against Maryland. The Bobcats tied for the best compulsory stunt score in the country in that season opener by posting a 9.94.
Maryland (6-0) has improved its score in each meet this season, going from a 267.031 debut to a nation-best 286.452 against Fairmont State last Saturday. The Terrapins also lead the country in compulsories (39.79) and the team routine (107.08).
Fairmont State sports a 1-5 record and has dropped its past two meets. The Fighting Falcons’ top score this season is a 273.520 which came in a tri-meet against Quinnipiac and Azusa Pacific on Feb. 5. FSU boasts the nation’s top heat one basket toss score at 9.90.
Live results will be provided on Oregon’s facebook and twitter pages and complete results and a recap will be available on GoDucks.com following each dual. A live video feed will also be available for Monday’s meet at Quinnipiac.
National Championship Tickets on Sale
All session tickets for the NCATA National Championships are now on sale. Fans can purchase tickets for the entire duration of the three-day competition that runs April 7-9. Premium seating is available for $50 for all three sessions or $20 per day when single day tickets go on sale. Regular seating prices for adults are $25 for all three sessions ($10 per day). Children and senior rates are $15 ($7 per day) and group tickets are $10 ($5 per day). Students can also purchase tickets for $2 per day. Tickets will be sold in person, online at www.GoDucks.com and over the phone at 1-800-WEB-FOOT.
News and Notes:
Soaring Scores –
The Ducks added another nation-leading score to their season statistics against Baylor on senior night in their last meet. Oregon tallied a 29.40, three-tenths of a point higher than their previous best of 29.10 against Azusa Pacific on Jan. 29.
Basket Weaving –
Oregon had a particularly strong performance in the basket toss at Azusa Pacific on Feb. 12. The Ducks posted a season-high 29.22 in the event (the highest in the nation), which helped fuel Oregon’s comeback win. UO’s score was over a point higher than its previous best and upped its average in the event to 28.24.
Rough and Tumble –
Tumbling has been one of UO’s biggest strengths this season. The Ducks’ season-high of 54.29 against Azusa Pacific on Jan. 29 is the top mark in the country and nearly a point better than they did in their season opener at Baylor 53.41. In the Feb. 12 meeting against APU, UO scored a nation-best 9.95 in the open heat.
Chasing Perfection –
Oregon had an outstanding performance during the compulsories round against Azusa Pacific on Jan. 29. The Ducks went 9.8 or higher on all four heats, including two scores of 9.9 or higher, to finish with a season-best 39.63. The highlight of the event was a perfect 10 score in the pyramid round, only the second time any team in the nation has scored a 10 in the pyramid round.
High Praise –
Oregon is entering its first season in the acrobatics and tumbling format with high expectations. The Ducks enter the season as the No. 2 team according to the preseason NCATA coaches’ poll. That position would have the Ducks seeded and receiving an opening day bye in the NCATA National Championships, which they host April 7-9.
Mulkey’s Winning Ways –
Head coach Felecia Mulkey is entering her third season with the Ducks after the sport was created in 2008. Mulkey built Kennesaw State into a national power in competitive cheer during her 11-year tenure, winning two national championships and finishing runner-up on three other occasions. In Oregon’s first season, Mulkey led the Ducks to a third-place finish at the NCA Collegiate National Championships.
2011 Acrobatics and Tumbling Meet Format –
A detailed description of the new acrobatics and tumbling meet and scoring format is available on GoDucks.com
. This link can be accessed all season long via the submenu at the top of the screen on the acrobatics and tumbling page.
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