EUGENE, Ore.- After a record-setting performance on Wednesday, the University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team moves on to Waco, Texas to face Baylor on Saturday (Mar. 31) at 4 p.m. (PST).
The Ducks (7-0) began the road trip in Fairmont, W. Va. where they smashed two National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association records en route to defeating Fairmont State (2-4), 291.26 to 288.375 at Joe Retton Arena.
Oregon set the new NCATA record for team routine with 106.76 points and total meet score with 291.26 points, besting the former totals set by Maryland on Mar. 9 against Quinnipiac, which were 106.56 and 290.56, respectively.
After setting up a 126.40-124.40 tie heading into the tumbling event, UO won all six events, including securing perfect scores in the aerial and six-element tumbling passes. It marked the second straight meet that the Ducks have recorded perfect scores in the aerial and six-element tumbling passes. With those two 10's, Oregon notched a program-high seven perfect scores and has now scored five or more 10's in back-to-back competitions. UO has amassed 16 flawless scores this season.
With the win, the Ducks made a strong case for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCATA National Tournament to be held Apr. 26-28 in Waco. Oregon is the only team in the league that has not lost a competition.
Getting off to a good start in the compulsories has been a stepping stone for UO as they have secured perfect scores in the acro, pyramid and toss portions already on the season. In the acro portion, the Ducks have earned back-to-back 10s in the last two competitions and in the pyramid, they have rattled off three straight.
For the first time all season, Oregon picked up perfect scores in all three heats of the pyramid event, becoming the first school in the league to do so as of Wednesday.
UO ended up matching or setting 15 season-highs against the Falcons.
Baylor (2-3) comes into Saturday's match having lost to Maryland last Saturday (Mar. 24), 271.66-265.42.
The Bears entered the team routine trailing by just 1.11, but come up short. Maryland scored 95.08 in the team routine, which meant Baylor would have had to score 96.20 to win the meet. Baylor tallied an 89.95, which resulted in the loss.
The Ducks and Bears have already faced off once this season with Oregon grabbing a 287.115 to 267.220 win on Mar. 4 in Eugene.