HAMDEN, Conn.—The No. 1 seed University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team defeated the No. 2 seed Quinnipiac Bobcats Saturday afternoon 277.885-273.655 in Hamden, Conn. to win the NCATA National Championship for the third year in a row.
“We had a couple of stumbles in this meet that we usually do not have in Acro and a couple of things in Team Routine,” said head coach Felecia Mulkey. “I’m very impressed with the team for how well they recovered from those things. Whenever there was an issue, all of them were able to turn around and get as many points as they could in that particular heat.”
Oregon swept the Compulsory round, totaling 38.45 points to QU’s 36.8 thanks in part to a perfect 10.0 in Heat 2 and a 9.95 in Heat 3. The Ducks won the first two heats of the Acro round with scores of 9.95 and 9.55 before Quinnipiac answered back by winning Heat 3. Overall, UO just edged QU 27.76-27.52 in the round.
“In the 7-element Acro, there was a huge bobble in the middle, but they were really able to maintain ground with how they executed the rest of that heat. We’ve been working on that all year and they were able to do that today,” added Mulkey.
The Pyramid round was another extremely close one as the teams tied at 29.65 after tying the first heat and splitting the next two. Oregon recorded another perfect 10 in Heat 2. Going into halftime, Oregon led 95.86-93.97.
UO came out of halftime on fire as it swept the Toss and Tumbling rounds, topping Quinnipiac 29.35-27.80 and 57.88-55.83, respectively. The Ducks recorded scores of 9.95 or higher in the final three Tumbling heats.
Up by 5.49 before the Team Routine, Oregon looked to put the meet away in the final event. While Quinnipiac won the Team Routine 96.06-94.80, the Ducks were able to score enough points to seal the win and their third straight National Championship.
“I think the three-peat was well deserved by this group of athletes. We have a really young team and have some great athletes coming in next year. I can’t wait to get started, but we have to take two weeks off,” added Mulkey with a huge grin on her face.