EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 6-seeded Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team fell to No. 2-seeded Maryland, 280.512 - 271.583, in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association National Championships on Friday evening at Matthews Arena.
"Everything the team did tonight was amazing," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "We hung with one of the best teams in the country in Maryland, which was near-perfect tonight. Our team's score does not reflect the amazing performance they displayed tonight. They made few mistakes and I am very proud of their effort. Erin Trotman was incredible and was able to execute her four through-to-full during the 6 Element portion of the tumbling round. Overall, I could not be happier for this team. The strides they have made throughout the season have been nothing less than remarkable, and I look forward to see the team's improvement carry over to next year."
The Bobcats fought to keep things close early on, trailing just 94.400 - 94.115 at the halfway point of the meet.
The Terrapins took the first event of the evening, the compulsories, by a narrow margin, defeating Quinnipiac, 38.31 - 38.17. The Bobcats lost by a slightly larger margin in the following stunt event, losing 28.39 - 27.545.
Quinnipiac then responded by winning the final event before halftime, the pyramid event. Quinnipiac scored a 28.40 compared to Maryland's 27.70, to head into the locker rooms down just .285 (94.400 - 94.115).
The two teams emerged from halftime to battle in the closest event of the evening, the team basket toss. Despite Quinnipiac earning the highest score of the event in heat two (9.47 out of a possible 10), the Terrapins edged the Bobcats overall, 27.05 - 26.97, to take the event.
Maryland extended its lead by winning the following tumbling event, earning a 52.47 compared to Quinnipiac's 48.39. Maryland posted a dominant score of 106.322 in the final event of the evening, the team routine, which bested Quinnipiac's 102.108.
Below are the events and scores listed in order of occurrence:
Event No. 6 Quinnipiac No. 2 Maryland
Stunt 27.545 28.39
Pyramid 28.40 27.70
Halftime 94.115 94.400
Basket Toss 26.97 27.05
Tumbling 48.39 52.74
Team Routine 102.108 106.322
Total 271.583 280.512
"We are excited as a team and look forward to the individual championships on Saturday," said coach Powers. "We head into the individual championships with two basket toss, two tumbling, and one partner stunt pairings."Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow night when it gets set to compete in the individual championships at 8 p.m. (ET).