EUGENE, Ore. Competing in their second head-to-head competition of the season, the University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team travels to Fairmont State nestled in Fairmont, West Virginia for a meet on Mar. 28 at 3 p.m.(PST) at the Joe Retton Arena on the campus of Fairmont State.
The Ducks (6-0) head into the competition having previously knocked off the Falcons (2-3) at the neutral-site quad meet hosted by Shorter College in Rome, Ga. on Mar. 17.
At that same meet, which Oregon posted a season-high 287.84 points, the Ducks earned a season-high five perfect scores in the compulsory acro, pyramid and toss events and the aerial and six-element tumbling passes. On the season, UO has garnered a total of nine flawless scores a huge turnaround from only posting three all of last season.
In the compulsory event, Oregon has earned a 10.0 in the acro, pyramid and compulsory toss and will look to add the tumbling portion to that list at this week's meet. With those scores, the Ducks own the top spot outright or are tied in the league with those tallies. All three of UO's tumbling scores are tops despite not being perfect (9.70, 9.70, 9.50).
In the acro event, the Ducks own two of the top three scores in heat number one, but are fourth in heat two and second behind Maryland in heat number three. In the pyramid event, Oregon is tied for first in heats one and three and owns the top spot in heat number two.
Tumbling has been a category that UO has been solid in, as well. In five out of the six tumbling events, the Ducks lead the league and with the exception of Maryland scoring a 10.0 in the open pass on Mar. 9, Oregon is the only school to garner a 10.0 in any of the tumbling events. Those perfect scores belong to senior Kelsey Rowell (aerial) and freshman Nicole Erlichman (six-element).
Despite notching two of the top five team event scores in the league, Maryland has recorded the top two team event scores, propelling the Terps to own the highest overall score (290.56) in the league. The Ducks are sitting right behind UMD with tallies of 287.84 (quad meet), 287.12 (vs. Baylor) and 285.23 (vs. APU, QU).
NEWS AND NOTES
2012 ACROBATICS & TUMBLING MEET FORMAT
After a full season of competing in an adapted format, a detailed description of the new acrobatics and tumbling meet and scoring format is available on GoDucks.com.
WELCOME TO THE FOLD
On Nov. 16, 2011, the NCATA announced the addition of Plymouth State and UMass-Dartmouth. Both teams begin competition during the 2012-13 season. Also joining will be Alderson-Broaddus College. Alderson-Broaddus is a Division II school from the WVIAC Conference. They are the second school in this conference to sponsor this sport at the Varsity Level. Fairmont State is the other.
FIVE JOIN ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING PROGRAM
Head coach Felecia Mulkey signed five new Ducks during the early signing period in November. Biographical information on all five can be found below:
Shelby Armstrong ● 5-2 ● Base
Caddo Mills, Texas/Bishop Lynch High School
High School/Club: Joins Oregon after achieving All-American, National Champion and World Champion accolades with the Cheer Athletics Panthers...involved off the mat with the Invisible Children Club, which fundraises to help stop the kidnappings of children to be trained as soldiers in Uganda and other parts of Africa.
Personal: Born on December 4 to Greg and Scherry Armstrong...has one brother, Justin.
Mulkey on Armstrong: "Shelby is a strong base with potential to grow into a powerhouse in that position. She is a talented tumbler that can execute any pass thrown her way. Shelby had her pick of college opportunities and we are happy that she chose to be a Duck."
Colleen Curry ● 5-4 ● Base
Temecula, Calif./Great Oak High School
High School/Club: Active with the Red Wave Club, which is a school spirit based organization...part of the California All-Stars.
Personal : Born on January 5 to Tom and Nancy Curry...has two sisters, Cambria and Carly.
Mulkey on Curry: "Colleen is a versatile athlete that will be beneficial as a base and second-level flyer. She is a solid tumbler with the potential to add many elite passes to her arsenal. Colleen impressed me during the recruiting process with her willingness and ability to learn new skills. I feel confident that she will lead by example within our program."
Paris Duhamel ● 5-8 ● Back Base
Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe High School
High School/Club: Twice made it to the high school state championships, capturing the title in 2009 after finishing runner up in 2008...honor roll recipient that was named most valuable by cheerleading squad last season... qualified for the 2008 World Championships with the Peak Athletics Tigers and posted a top-15 finish...has had success in track and field, earning third place in the 5A State Championships in the pole vault and second place on the 4x100 relay squad last season...was tabbed most valuable by track and field team in 2011 and had several scholarship offers in the sport...off the mat, stays heavily involved with special education children and started a cheerleading program focused on them in Centennial.
Personal: Daughter of Dawn and Bobby Duhamel, born on June 12...has two sisters, Monet and Cecelia.
Mulkey on Duhamel: "Paris is an all around athlete, her background in track and field will help her transition into a collegiate A & T back base. Her height and upper body strength needed for pole vault is essential for the back position. Paris' technique and attention to detail will play right into our scoring system."
Alexis McCallister ● 5-1 ● Base
Kennewick, Wash./Kamiakin High School
High School/Club: Cheers competitively at Elite Force Cheer...earned national championships in 2010 and 2011 in the stunts...captured Level Four Coed National Championship this past year.
Personal: Daughter of Todd and Rachelle McCallister...born on September 30...has a brother Luke and sister, Olivia.
Mulkey on McCallister: "Alexis is a solid base with elite tumbling skills. Her mindset is exactly what we look for within our program and her work ethic is unmatched. Every team needs an athlete like Alexis and we are happy that she decided to be a Duck."
Chandler White ● 5-2 ● Flyer
Valencia, Calif./Hart High School
High School/Club: Won 2009 Large Varsity Advanced championship at USA Nationals, in addition to winning the Aloha Spirit International competition in Hawaii during the same year with Hart High School...began cheerleading and gymnastics career at GymCheerUSA and with the CA Flyers...won the Cheersport Nationals in 2008 with CA Flyers and finished in the top 30 at the World Championships...finished third in the state on the bars in level five competition and notched a 36 in the all-around portion...maintains a 3.53 GPA.
Personal: Born on November 8 to David and Susan White...has two brothers, Christopher and Chase and two sisters, Chelsea and Chloe...sister, Chelsea is a senior on the team.