"The coaching staff and team are proud to represent Quinnipiac University in this historic National Championship at Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "All six universities have committed to pioneering a new sport that reflects the interests and abilities of over one million young women. Quinnipiac's team has had two great home meets in the past week. Our scores and their confidence reflect that they are ready to head into Nationals better prepared than earlier in the season. Several of our individual heats have qualifies as the four top overall season high scores and will be competing on Saturday for individual National Championships."
All six members of the NCATA will be represented at the Championships. The top two seeds in the Championships, No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Maryland, will each have a first-round bye. No. 6 Quinnipiac will face No. 3 Azusa Pacific, while No. 5 Fairmont State will face No. 4 Baylor. The winner of the Quinnipiac vs. Azusa Pacific matchup will then face Maryland in the second round, while the winner of the Fairmont State vs. Baylor matchup will face Oregon in round two.
"The NCATA Administrator's have been planning this Inaugural National Championship for the past two years and on behalf of our coaches and student-athletes we are very grateful to the University of Oregon Athletics and Coaching staff for hosting this historic championship," said Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald. "Quinnipiac's student-athletes and coaches are thrilled to be part of the first of many National Championships."
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.
"I am so proud of my team and excited for the opportunity to represent Quinnipiac at the first ever NCATA National Championship," said senior captain Nicole Castiglione. "We have worked so hard all season and regardless of the outcome next week, I feel honored to be a part of such a historic first season for acrobatics and tumbling."