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Acro & Tumbling Ready to Defend NCATA Title
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 04/25/2012
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EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling squad heads to Waco, Texas this week seeking their second National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association Championship in as many tries.

The Ducks head into the field as the No. 2 seed despite Oregon (9-0) being the only school that finished without a loss all season. The No. 1 overall seed was awarded to the University of Maryland (8-1). Both squads receive a bye into the semifinals that will take place on Apr. 27 at the Ferrell Center.

The seedings were determined by the average of each school's top two away meets, top home meet plus one additional meet.

THE FIELD
Maryland and Oregon were awarded the first and second seed, respectively. Fairmont State (3-6) was tabbed as the No. 3 seed, Quinnipiac (0-10) as the No. 4 and Azusa Pacific (3-4) and Baylor (2-4) round out the seeds at No. 5 and No. 6 in that order.

In the first round of competition, host-Baylor will face Fairmont State with the winner receiving a date with Oregon on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (PT) . On the other side of the bracket, Azusa Pacific takes on Quinnipiac with the winner of that meet getting a shot at Maryland at 2:30 p.m. (PT).

TICKET INFORMATION
Session tickets are available for $25 with single-day tickets going for $10. Groups of 20 or more can also be purchased for $5. To get tickets, contact the Baylor ticket office over the phone at 800-BAYLORU, online at baylorbears.com or by visiting the the Baylor ticket office in person.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
A FREE, live video feed will be offered throughout the course of the three-day championships via Baylor All-Access and BaylorBears.com.

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 and at the end of this packet.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, NATIONAL PRESS
From the infancy of the sport of acrobatics and tumbling, the University of Oregon and head coach Felecia Mulkey has been at the fore front of the sport. Recently the Ducks have been featured in Time Magazine (Apr. 23 edition) and on MSNBC on the Melissa Harris Perry show.

GIMME A 10!
The University of Oregon recorded only three 10s last season, but this season the Ducks have exploded for 19 flawless marks. UO tallied a program-high seven 10s in their victory over Fairmont State on Mar. 28.

RIGHT ABOVE IT
The Ducks smashed the NCATA record for team routine (106.56) and total meet score (290.56) in their Mar.28 meet with FSU by tallying a 106.76 and 291.26, respectively. The meet total mark was set by Maryland on Mar. 9 against Quinnipiac. But the Terps wasted no time snatching their record back on Apr. 14 with 291.150 points notched against the Falcons.

STACK'EM
Against Fairmont State on Mar. 28, Oregon scored a 30.0 in the pyramid event and also grabbed a 10.0 in the compulsory pyramid. The Ducks are the only team this season that has achieved that feat. In the compulsory pyramid four of UO's six scores have been 10s.

WANNA TUMBLE WITH ME?!?
Only six 10s have been recorded in the tumbling events between all six teams in the league. Oregon owns four of those marks while Azusa Pacific and Maryland have the other two in the open tumbling pass. Senior Kelsey Rowell and freshman Nicole Erlichman both have two apiece in the aerial and six-element tumbling passes.

TOUCH THE SKY
While one of UO's best season average has come in the compulsory pyramid with an average score of 9.98, the Ducks have been equally impressive in the compulsory toss. Oregon has three 10s in the event and carries a season average of 9.96.

START ME UP
The compulsory round is the first event that happens during an acro & tumbling meet and the Ducks have taken full advantage of using the event to take early leads on their opponents. In all six of Oregon's meets, they have either won the round or been tied with their opponent.The only team that tied with UO was Baylor on Mar. 31 in Waco.

ACRO & TUMBLING HONORED AT OSA'S
The University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling squad was one of six UO athletes and teams to take home an award during the Oregon Sports Award ceremony back in February in Portland. The Ducks won the George Pasero Team of the Year for last year's championship run.

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.


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