EUGENE, Ore. – The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team finished in third place in its first tri-meet of the season against National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling opponents Oregon and Azusa Pacific at Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday evening. Quinnipiac accumulated a total of 275.133, while Oregon's winning score of 285.443 bested Azusa Pacific's 281.218. Quinnipiac is now 0-2 on the season, while Azusa takes its first loss and Oregon improves to 1-0.
Oregon took the early lead, winning the first event of the competition, compulsory, with a score of 39.10. Azusa's score of 38.70 was second-best in the event, while Quinnipiac posted a 38.15. The Cougars proceeded to win the following event, acro, with a final score of 28.20, compared to Oregon's 28.15 and Quinnipiac's 25.98.
Quinnipiac bounced back with a solid pyramid score of 29.10, besting Azusa's score of 29.05, but falling to Oregon's event-best 29.45, as the team's entered halftime with Oregon leading the competition with a 96.70 score. Azusa (95.95) held a slight edge over the Bobcats (93.23) as well.
Following the break, Quinnipiac's Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) and Trisha Pierce (Middletown, Conn.) each contributed to the Bobcats' best event of the evening, the toss. Quinnipiac won both the synchronized and open heats with respective scores of 9.40 and 9.65, and tied Oregon in the event overall with a score of 28.45. Azusa finished with a 28.15 tally in the toss event.
Oregon began to separate itself from the competition in the tumbling event, winning with a score of 58.063, compared to Quinnipiac's 54.863 and Azusa's 55.088. The Ducks then posted the best team routine score in the final event of the evening, earning a 102.230. Azusa finished second in the team routine with a score of 102.030 compared to Quinnipiac's team routine score of 98.590.
The Bobcats return to action in three weeks time when they travel to face Maryland on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
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