FAIRMONT, W.Va. – In a tri-meet contest against National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) opponents Baylor and Fairmont State, the Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team finished just 2.68 points behind first-place Baylor on Sunday afternoon in Fairmont, W.Va. The Bobcats' total of 278.715 was also edged by Fairmont State's 279.505, as the Fighting Falcons (0-0) finished in second and the Bobcats (0-6) in third. Baylor, with a winning score of 281.395, earns its first and second wins of the season, improving to 2-2 on the year.
Quinnipiac started strong, finishing with a 38.90 in the meet's first event, compulsories, only .05 points behind Baylor's event-high score of 38.95. The Bobcats dropped the following acro event, but responded well with an event-high score of 29.80 in the pyramid round. Quinnipiac posted a perfect 10-out-of-10 in the event's first heat, registering the highest score among all three teams in the event. The impressive score, which marked the team's highest pyramid score of the season, led Quinnipiac into halftime in second place with a total score of 94.08. Fairmont State entered halftime leading with a score of 96.45, while Baylor held the third spot with a 93.97 total.
Despite Quinnipiac's third place finish in the toss event, with a score of 28.00, the Bobcats matched the highest score of the event in its first heat, posting a 9.70. Fairmont State also received a 9.70 in the third heat of the toss event, as it took the event with a score of 28.65. Baylor received a score of 28.50 in the event to finish in second.
The Bobcats won their second event of the afternoon in the following event, tumbling, earning a 56.425 compared to Baylor's 56.275 and Fairmont State's 54.225. Quinnipiac dominated the duo and open heats, winning with respective scores of 9.45 and a near-perfect 9.95. Quinnipiac's 9.80 in the aerial heat was also a high point, helping it finish in second behind Baylor's score of 9.85.
Entering the final team routine event, the teams were all separated by just .820 points, as Fairmont State (179.325) led both Quinnipiac (178.505) and Baylor (178.745). The Bears came from behind to take the team routine (and overall competition) with a score of 102.650, while Quinnipiac finished in second with a score of 100.210 in the team routine. Fairmont State's score of 100.180 earned the team a third place finish in the final event, and was enough to secure its second place finish in the tri-meet overall.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it travels to Shorter University in Rome, Ga. to face Oregon, Maryland and Fairmont State in this year's first quad-meet completion set for a 5 p.m. start.
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