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Acrobatics and Tumbling Sweeps Quad Meet
Release Date: 03/18/2012
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ROME, Ga.- The University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team (6-0) swept Quinnipiac, Maryland and Fairmont State at a neutral-site meet held at Shorter College in Rome, Ga. on Saturday.

The Ducks won the meet with an overall score of 287.84. Maryland finished in second with 284.11 points, Fairmont State in third with 280.675 and Quinnipiac in fourth with 279.54 points.

The meet served as a homecoming for head coach Felecia Mulkey, assistant coach Angela Ucci, Katie Browning and Miranda Merkison, who all have Georgia ties.

The Ducks started off the meet in strong fashion, picking up three perfect scores in the compulsory acro, pyramid and toss, while just missing a 10 in the tumbling portion of the compulsories.

Maryland, who was the last team to beat Oregon, came out strong, as well, garnering perfect scores in the compulsory pyramid and toss, but UO took a 39.70 into the second set of events.

The Ducks did not have a strong acro showing, but because of strong scores in compulsories was able to lead at halftime, 98.38. Maryland was second with 97.32, Fairmont State in third with 96.81 and Quinnipiac in fourth with 95.16.

In the pyramid event, an event that the Ducks recorded flawless scores in against Baylor on Mar. 4, Oregon almost bested that feat again, tallying a 9.9 in heat one, a 9.8 in heat two and a 9.9 in the third heat. The only team to earn a perfect score was QU in the first heat.

The Terps were solid in the toss event, winning all three heats with scores of 9.8, 9.55 and 9.8, respectively in heats one, two and three.

Oregon showed extreme concentration in the tumbling portion of the meet with senior Kelsey Rowell and freshman Nicole Erlichman both picking up perfect scores in the aerial and six-element, respectively. Sophomore Natasha Katzaroff was just shy of a flawless tally in the open pass with a 9.95. The Ducks won each event in tumbling with the exception of the duo pass, which Maryland took with a score of 9.75.

In the team routine, UO turned it up to pick up a 102.71 and come away with the win in the Peach State.

Oregon returns to the mat on Mar. 28 against Fairmont State at 6 p.m. in Fairmont, West Va.

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