Quinnipiac Opens 2013 Season Against Fairmont University

Quinnipiac University BOBCATS (0-0) vs.
Fairmont University FIGHTING FALCONS (1-0)
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 4:00 pm
Joe Retton Arena- Fairmont, W.Va.

Complete Game Notes In PDF 

Season Opener
The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team opens its 2013 season against National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association opponent Fairmont University on Saturday, March 2.  The teams will meet at 4 p.m. in the Joe Retton Arena in Fairmont, W.Va.

2012 In Review
The Bobcats are eager to begin the 2013 season after a falling short at the Quarterfinals of the NCATA Championship last year.  Quinnipiac is still looking for their first victory since the 2010-11 campain.  Quinnipiac faced a tough matchup in their first meet of the 2012 season on Saturday, Feb. 4th, when it hosted the 2011 NCATA Runner-Up Maryland Terps in Hamden, Conn.  Despite staying close through the first half, and winning the opening event in second half action, the Terps ran away with the victory, 284.540 – 274.855, following strong performances in the tumbling and team routine events.

Quinnipiac then endured four-straight road contests, beginning first with a tri-meet in Eugene, Oregon against the Ducks and Azusa Pacific. On that day, the Bobcats finished in third place next to Azusa's 281.218 as Oregon came away with an overall winning score of 285.443.

The Bobcats performed better against Maryland, in their second meeting on March 9th, accumulating its second-highest total of the season, despite the 290.560 – 283.000 defeat. Quinnipiac trailed by a slim .36 points at halftime. With a second-half total of 194.11, including a 106.56 team routine score, Maryland earned the highest overall score in NCATA history. The 101.66 team routine score for Quinnipiac, its second-highest total of the 2012 season, marked the first time all year the team had cracked the triple-digit mark.

Quinnipiac then ventured to Fairmont State to face the Fighting Falcons and Baylor in its second-tri meet of the season on March 11th. The Bobcats finished just 2.68 points behind first-place Baylor on that afternoon, and were edged by an even slighter margin of .79 by second-place Fairmont State. Quinnipiac won two events on the afternoon, pyramid and tumbling, and entered the final team routine in second place behind the Fighting Falcons. However, a winning score of 102.650 by Baylor propelled them into first place overall, dropping Quinnipiac to third in the meet.

The Bobcats truly began to see major improvements in its following meet against Oregon, Maryland and Fairmont State on March 17th. On the afternoon, Quinnipiac posted season-high scores in compulsories (39.05), pyramid (29.8) and toss (28.8) events. Despite such outstanding scores, the Bobcats faltered in the final team routine, as their overall score of 279.54 fell short of Fairmont State's 280.675, Maryland's 284.11, and Oregon's winning total of 287.84. 

In their final meeting of the season, Quinnipiac was ousted by Azusa Pacific, 275.37 – 273.205, in the NCATA Quarterfinals in Waco, Tx, on April 26.  Quinnipiac won two of the six events on the afternoon, and tied Azusa in the meet's first event, but nearly a seven point discrepancy in the toss event proved to be the difference, costing the Bobcats a chance to advance to the NCATA Semifinals.

About Fairmont
Fairmont State opened the season Feb. 10 with an impressive 277-275 victory over Division I Baylor University at the Joe Retton Arena. The Baylor Bears had beaten FSU twice during the 2011-12 season, including a 271-269 victory in the NCATA Championships.

One area Fairmont State has attempted to improve itself in this season has been tumbling. The Falcons turned in a clean tumbling performance against Baylor which helped make the difference in that meet.  Fairmont welcomes 7 newcomers to the squad as they return 20 athletes. 

An All-American Competitor
Senior Christina Lasto led the nation in the toss event with a 9.95. The Bobcats' captain earned All-American honors after a career year as a junior in 2012. Lasto's season highlights came during meets, as she posted a perfect 10-out-of-10 in the first heat of the pyramid event in back-to-back meets on March 17 against Baylor and Fairmont State and again on April 2 against Azusa Pacific.

NCATA Collegiate Membership
Quinnipiac begins its third full season as a member of the NCATA. In addition to Quinnipiac the league consists of six additional schools, including Azusa Pacific, Baylor, Fairmont State, University of Maryland, and University of 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. 

Season Schedule
The Bobcats will continue their 2013 season with a two game road stint beginning on March 10th, when they face the Baylor Bears in Waco, Tx. The Bobcats will continue on the road as they face Azusa Pacific on March 13th.

Quinnipiac will welcome defending National Champion Oregon for their home opener on Monday, March 25, before finishing out the regular season hosting Fairmont State on April 6 at the TD Bank Sports Center.

For the first time in program history, Quinnipiac will host the NCATA National Championships at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. April 25-27.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu