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EUGENE – Two weeks after nabbing the top seed following an impressive regular season, the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team will battle all the top teams in the country for the inaugural National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association National Championships this weekend.

The three-day competition is held at Matthew Knight Arena from Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are available for all three sessions as well as individual days.

The NCATA National Championships is a bracketed tournament in single elimination format. Competition begins with a pair of duals on Thursday as Baylor faces Fairmont State at 5 p.m. and Azusa Pacific takes on Quinnipiac at approximately 7 p.m.

Oregon (6-1) has a first-day bye as a top-two seed in the tournament and faces the winner of the Baylor vs. Fairmont State dual following second-seeded Maryland’s 6 p.m. dual against either Azusa Pacific or Quinnipiac (approximately 8 p.m. on Friday).

A win on Friday will put the Ducks in Saturday's team national championships, which will take place at 8 p.m. The individual event championships also take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will feature the top four stunt, pyramid, basket toss and tumbling routines in the country battling it out for an individual national title.

Seeds for the tournament were determined by the average of every team’s top two home and away scores. Oregon’s average of 285.771 leads the nation. The Ducks have scored at least 283 points in four consecutive meets and own a nation-best top score of 289.204. Oregon owns the top score in the country in four of six events: compulsories (39.79), stunt (29.54), basket toss (29.42) and tumbling (55.08).

Fans can watch all the action live over the O-Zone via a special championship weekend offer. For $12.95, all three days of the competition can be viewed over the web. Live results for each meet over the three-day competition will be provided via the Ducks’ official facebook and twitter pages. Complete Oregon results and recaps will be available following each day of competition on GoDucks.com.

National Championship Tickets on Sale
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. 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:

Championship Central – Fans can get the most up to date information on the inaugural NCATA National Championships by visiting the Championship Central page on GoDucks.com.

Scanning the Field – Joining Oregon at this weekend’s competition are second-seeded Maryland, No. 3 seed Azusa Pacific, No. 4 seed Baylor, fifth-seeded Fairmont State and No. 6 seed Quinnipiac. Maryland went a perfect 8-0 during the regular season and earned the second bye in the tournament with its 284.052 average. Azusa Pacific posted a scoring average of 277.763 in its top two home and away scores and went 3-4 this season. Baylor ended the regular season 2-5 and holds the four seed thanks to a 276.681 avearge score. Fairmont State (273.756 average, 1-6 record) and Quinnipiac (272.951 average, 1-5 record) round out the field as the fifth and sixth seeds, respectively.

Oregon Against – The Ducks went 2-0 against both Azusa Pacific and Baylor this season in a home and home series. Oregon also defeated Quinnipiac and Fairmont State on the road on March 21 and 26, respectively. Maryland handed UO its lone loss of the dual season on March 24. Both teams put up solid scores, but the Terrapins rallied past the Ducks 287.930-286.380 in College Park, Md.

Soaring Scores –
A scan of the leader board shows the Ducks topping the country in four of the six events and boasting the highest overall score of any team in the nation. Oregon scored a season-best 289.204 at Quinnipiac on March 21 to nab the national lead. In that meet, posted season-high scores of 29.54 in stunts, 29.45 in pyramid, 55.08 in tumbling and 106.47 in the team routine. The stunts and tumbling scores are the highest in the country. Oregon followed that performance by recording nation-highs in compulsories (39.79) and basket toss (29.42) against Maryland on March 24.
 
Chasing Perfection – Oregon had an outstanding performance during the compulsories round against Maryland on March 24. The Ducks went 9.9 or higher on all four heats, including a perfect 10 in the pyramid heat, to finish with a season-best 39.79. The pyramid score marked the second time this season the Ducks posted a perfect mark in that heat.

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.