Ducks win final home acrobatics meet
EUGENE, Ore. - In their final meet at Matthew Knight Arena this season, the Oregon seniors helped the Ducks acrobatics and tumbling team make a statement victory, posting a 273.57 to beat the Azusa Pacific Cougars, 257.25, and Fairmont State Falcons, 253.39, in a tri-meet on Monday night.
The fans said goodbye to 14 seniors before the meet, 13 of which helped the Ducks to a National Championship in the 2013-14 season.
Oregon started strong in the compulsory, taking a 38.75 - 38.45 lead over the Cougars, with Fairmont State sitting in third with a 37.10 Both Oregon and Fairmont State scored a perfect 10 in the compulsory pyramid.
The Ducks maintained their lead in the acro, scoring 29 of 30 possible points, but Azusa stayed hot on their tail with a 28.80. The Cougars made a strong push right before halftime with the pyramid, posting a perfect 10 in the first heat, and outscoring the Ducks by .10 points to cut the deficit to .40 points. The Falcons trailed Oregon by 2.4 points headed into the break.
The Ducks used the toss to start pulling away from their competition, outscoring both teams by at least 1.85 points and stretching their lead over the Cougars to 2.25 points.
In attempts to expand their lead heading into the last two events, Oregon used the tumble event to solidify a place at the top. The Ducks posted a high score in four of the six tumbling events, giving them a 4.15-point lead heading into the final event of the night.
With the help of several miscues from both the Cougars and Falcons, Oregon took the opportunity and ran with it. Scoring a 93.27, the Ducks won the team event by at least 10 points over Azusa, 83.24, and Fairmont State, 81.10.
The Ducks bounced back from their first defeat of the year against No. 2 Baylor last week, blowing out the visiting competition by at least 16 points. Oregon will now go on to play Hawaii Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 27.