ROME, Ga. – The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team took fourth in its first quad meet of the season against Oregon, Maryland and Fairmont State late Saturday evening at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Quinnipiac posted a final total of 279.54 compared to Oregon's winning score of 287.84, Maryland's second place total of 284.11 and Farimont State's 280.675. Quinnipiac now stands at 0-9, while Oregon improves to 6-0. The Terps now hold a 4-1 overall record and the Fighting Falcons are now 2-4 on the season.
"I was really pleased with how the team competed today," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "The chemistry within this group has picked up over the past few meets, and it definitely showed tonight. Our starting values are much higher than they were at the start of the season and the execution is increasingly better at every meet. For two weeks in a row we have dominated and won the pyramid event, which has become one of the most consistent overall events for our team. We've been on the road the past two weekends, and our team will benefit from a two week break before our final home meet against Azusa. We look forward to returning to our home arena for another competitive meet."
Oregon took the first event of the evening, compulsories, with a winning score of 39.70. Maryland followed with a 39.15, as Quinnipiac tailed the Terps with a 39.05. Fairmont State finished with an event-low of 38.5.
Maryland (29.13) edged Oregon (29.08) in the following acro event, as Fairmont State (28.71) and Quinnipiac (26.36) rounded out the bottom two scores. The Bobcats responded with another terrific pyramid score of 29.8, just .2 points away from a perfect event score. Junior Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) posted a perfect 10-out-of-10 in the first heat, while in the following two heats the Bobcats finished with consecutive scores of 9.9.
Quinnipiac continued its impressive performance finishing in second (behind Maryland's 29.15) in the toss event with a score of 28.8. Oregon and Farimont State received scores of 28.65 and 28.15, respectively. The Ducks pushed their lead further, winning the tumbling event with an event score of 58.1, compared to Maryland's 56.6, Quinnipiac's 55.7 and Fairmont State's 54.98.
The Ducks finished with the highest team routine score, the final event of the evening, earning a 102.71. Maryland, Fairmont State and Quinnipiac finished just 1.52 points apart from each other, as the Terps (101.4) edged both Fairmont State (100.74) and Quinnipiac (99.88).
The Bobcats return to action on Monday, April 2 when they host Azusa Pacific at 6 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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