WACO, Texas- No. 2 seeded University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling (10-0) put together one of their most complete performances of the 2012 season to put away No. 6 Baylor (3-5), 286.285-275.410, in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association National Championship on Friday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
The Ducks still remain the only undefeated squad in the NCATA as they move to 10-0 on the season. The only school to ever defeat Oregon awaits UO in the championship in a rematch from last year's NCATA Championship.
Oregon has been overwhelming their opponents in the compulsory round of meets and that trend did not change against the Bears as the Ducks won that round, 39.35-38.55. Highlighted in that round was a 10.0 in the pyramid, giving UO their 20th perfect score of the season and fifth in the compulsory pyramid in seven tries.
The Ducks piled it on in the acro event, including setting a new season high of 9.85 in the first heat. Oregon held a 68.30-66.25 lead heading into the pyramid event.
In the pyramid event, UO was able to stay head with two tallies of 9.95 and a 9.90, bringing the match to a 98.10-95.65 standing with three events to go.
Oregon was equally impressive in the toss event and captured new season highs of 9.75 in heat one and heat three while grabbing a 9.40 in heat two to create more space between the Bears and their selves.
With a three-point advantage, 127.00-124.00, through four events, the Ducks put their tumbling skills on display and did not disappoint the fans in attendance.
In the duo tumbling event, sophomore Natasha Katzaroff and freshman Sarah Moreno put away the Bears, 9.85-9.20. In trio and quad tumbling, the Ducks notched new season bests despite, Baylor winning the quad pass. Senior Kelsey Rowell displayed why she is the reigning aerial pass champion as she recorded her third 10.0 of the season in the event. Also in the open pass Katzaroff matched her season best of 9.95, giving Oregon a 185.975-181.45 lead heading into the final event, the team event.
The Ducks brought a ton of energy into the event and had not problem finishing off their victory as they won the event, 100.31-93.96.
During the meet, Oregon matched or set new season highs in nine different events.
UO returns to the Ferrell Center at 2:30 p.m. (PT) tomorrow for the event championships and will then renew the battle between Oregon and No. 1 seed Maryland (9-1) at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The Ducks will be defending national championships in five events.
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 Baylor ticket office in person.
A free, live video feed will be offered throughout the course of the three-day championships via Baylor All-Access and BaylorBears.com.