Saturday, March 17, 2012 – 5 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-6) vs.
Fairmont State University Fighting Falcons (1-2)
University of Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
University of Oregon Ducks (3-0)
Winthrop King Centre – Rome, Ga.
The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team will partake in its first quad-meet of the season when it travels to Rome, Ga. to face Fairmont State (1-2), Maryland (2-0) and Oregon (3-0) on Saturday, March 17 at 5 p.m.
Live video for Saturday's contests can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
About Fairmont State
The Fighting Falcons are coming off a second place finish in its first tri-meet of the season against Baylor and Quinnipiac on Sunday, March 11. Fairmont State totaled 279.505 points compared to Quinnipiac's 278.715 and Oregon's winning total of 281.395. The team excelled in the toss event, earning an event-high mark of 28.650. The Fighting Falcons also performed well in the acro (28.500), pyramid (29.250) and team routine (100.180), finishing in second in each respective event.
All-Time Against The Fighting Falcons
Saturday's meeting will be the second time this season and fourth time overall in which the two sides face each other. The Bobcats enjoyed their first-ever NCATA victory last season when they defeated Fairmont State on December 5, 2010. Quinnipiac narrowly edged Fairmont State by less than a point on that day, winning 264.304 – 263.379. Earlier this season, on Sunday, March 11, the Fighting Falcons defeated Quinnipiac by just .79 points to take second place in the tri-meet.
The Terps are coming off their second consecutive victory of the season, with both wins coming against Quinnipiac thus far. In their most recent meeting on Friday, March 9, Maryland emerged victorious, 290.560 – 283.000. Maryland took five of the six events on the afternoon, dropping only the pyramid event to the Bobcats. The Terps finished with a tremendous team routine score of 106.56, contributing to the highest overall competition score in NCATA history.
The Ducks are coming off a 287.115 – 267.220 win over Baylor on Sunday, March 4. Oregon dominated throughout the afternoon, winning the first three events with ease, and headed into halftime with a commanding 7.42 point lead (98.00 – 90.58). Oregon faltered in the first event following halftime, losing by a score of 28.60 – 27.40 to the Bears in the toss event. The Ducks then regained their composure and won the remaining two events, tumbling and team routine with respective scores of 58.13 and 103.59.
All-Time Against Oregon
Saturday will be the second time the two sides face each other this season and the third time overall the two sides have matched up in their history. The Ducks came away with a 285.443 win earlier this season on Friday, Feb. 17, defeating Quinnipiac (275.133) and Azusa Pacific (281.218) in their first tri-meet of the year.
Last Time Out
In one of the tightest finishes of the season, Quinnipiac was edged by both Baylor and Fairmont State on Sunday, March 11. The Bobcats score of 278.715 was slightly bested by Baylor's winning total of 281.395, as well as Fairmont State's 279.505.
Quinnipiac nearly won the first event of the afternoon, the compulsories, but fell to Baylor by just .05 points. The Bobcats then won its first event, pyramid, with a high score of 29.80. Within the event, Quinnipiac posted a perfect 10 in the first heat, contributing to the Bobcats halftime score of 94.08. Quinnipiac remained aggressive in the second half and won the tumbling event with a score of 56.425, compared to Baylor's 56.275 and Fairmont State's 54.225. Despite entering the final team routine event with all teams separated by just .820 points, Baylor topped both Quinnipiac (100.210) and Fairmont State (100.180) with a winning score of 102.650, taking the victory in the competition as well.
NCATA Collegiate Membership
Quinnipiac embarks on its second full season as a member of the NCATA. In addition to Quinnipiac the league consists of seven additional schools, including Azusa Pacific, Baylor, Fairmont State, Plymouth State, UMass-Dartmouth, Maryland, and Oregon.
About Acrobatics & Tumbling
The acrobatics & tumbling format revolves around a two-to-four team competitive meet. Within one meet are six events: Compulsories, Acrobatics, Pyramids, Tosses, Tumbling, and Team Event. 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 competition, Quinnipiac hosts its final game of the season on Monday, April, 2 at 6 p.m. when it hosts Azusa Pacific. The Bobcats then travel to Baylor for the NCATA Championships, set to occur from April 26-28.