Saturday, Mar. 26,
2011 - 11 a.m.
No. 5 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-4) vs.
No. 1 University of Maryland Terrapins (7-0)
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
The nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team hosts its final National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association meet of the season against No. 1 Maryland on Saturday, Mar. 26 at 11 a.m. at the TD Banks Sports Center. Prior to the meet, Quinnipiac will honor its four seniors with a rose ceremony.
Maryland is coming off its seventh straight victory of the season after defeating No. 2 Oregon, 287.903 - 286.380, on Thursday, Mar. 24. Despite trailing the entire evening, the Terrapins outscored the Ducks in the final team routine event (107.420 - 105.700) to pull out the come-from-behind victory and remain undefeated. Maryland's team routine and overall score were both season-highs, as the Terrapins become the last remaining undefeated team in the country.
In Quinnipiac's last meet on Monday, Mar. 21, the Bobcats scored its highest overall total of the season in a 289.204 - 281.669 loss to No. 2 Oregon. Despite the loss, Quinnipiac recorded season-highs in five of six events, and eclipsed its season-high overall meet total by an enormous 16.461 points. In the final event before halftime, Quinnipiac won the pyramid event, scoring a 29.700 compared to Oregon's 29.450. The Bobcats were down by just over a point (98.380 - 97.045) heading into the locker rooms at halftime, and remained right on the tails of the Ducks through the remainder of the meet. Oregon opened up its lead in the tumbling (55.08 - 51.71) and team routine (106.47 - 103.81) portion of the meet to pull away for the victory.
Lasto Leads The
Sophomore Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) shattered the season-high record (which Oregon held) on Monday, Mar. 21 in the open basket heat of the basket toss event. Lasto's near perfect score of 9.95 (out of a possible 10.0) broke the previous record of 9.75 by a substantial margin.
The acrobatics & tumbling format revolves around a two-to-four team competitive meet. Within one meet are six events: Compulsories, Stunts, Pyramids, Baskets, Tumbling, and Team Routine . Everything is competed in a head to head format, alternating from one team to the next. Scores will be displayed in real-time in order to inform both the teams and spectators as to which side is ahead. All skills have a pre-determined difficulty value and are scored solely on execution during the meet.
Following Saturday's matchup, Quinnipiac returns to action for the final time this season when it heads off to Eugene, Ore. for the NCATA National Championships beginning on Thursday, Apr. 7 and lasting until Saturday, Apr. 9.