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Oregon falls to Baylor in the NCATA National Championship

On one side of the mat at Fairmont State University, Baylor was jumping up and celebrating as R. Kelly’s “World Greatest” blasted from the speakers. On the other side, Oregon athletes held their hands up, showcasing the traditional “O” as fans joined in. Baylor had taken its spot on top of …

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Oregon advances to NCATA championship meet against Baylor

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling coach Chelsea Shaw spoke numerous times this season about a fire brewing in her team. After falling to Hawaii Pacific 282.050-280.295 on March 27, Shaw said her team’s competitive fire had grown into a flame. “It’s way more lit than it has ever been before,” she said. …

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The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team poses after finishing their routine. The Oregon Ducks host the Azusa Pacific Tigers and the Fairmont State Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Monday, March 15, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling earns No. 3 seed and will face Alderson Broaddus

The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team earned the No. 3 seed at the 2015 National Collegiate Acrobatic and Tumbling Association (NCATA) national championships and will face No. 6 seed Alderson Broaddus in the first round. The association announced the seedings Wednesday afternoon. The meet is scheduled to take place from April …

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling falls in season finale against Baylor

The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team had lost only two meets in the past four years, coming into this season. On Sunday, the team closed out the regular season as it fell 284.245 – 274.640 to No. 1 ranked Baylor. The loss marked the third of the season for Oregon and the …

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Patches with the initials of Lauren Jones, a freshman who recently passed away, are added to the uniforms of the team. The Oregon Ducks host the Concordia Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Q&A: Acrobatics and tumbling coach Chelsea Shaw reflects on Hawaii Pacific loss and upcoming Baylor meet

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling coach Chelsea Shaw thinks the team’s loss to Hawaii Pacific could be a good thing for her team. The loss marked the second this season, the first time in program history the team has lost two meets. With one more regular season meet left – a …

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Oregon junior base Shelby Armstrong (36) hugs her coach as they walk back towards the sideline after the tumbling event. The Oregon Ducks host the Concordia Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Q&A: Oregon’s Shelby Armstrong spends her spare time coaching the next generation of tumblers

Junior base Shelby Armstrong speaks to the Emerald about her experiences coaching tumbling at the Willamalane Center in Springfield.

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling falls to 5-2 after loss to Hawaii Pacific

Oregon coach Chelsea Shaw has said before that every meet comes down to the team routine. Against Hawaii Pacific on Friday, that’s exactly what happened. The Ducks posted their highest team routine score (99.27), but it wasn’t enough. Hawaii Pacific recorded a 101.10 in the final event to win the meet 282.050 – …

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Oregon base Nicole Erlichman (33) smiles at the crowd after being introduced. The Oregon Ducks host the Azusa Pacific Tigers and the Fairmont State Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Monday, March 15, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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A career-ending injury didn’t stop Nicole Erlichman from running on senior night

Nichole Erlichman can’t compete on the mat for Oregon acrobatics and tumbling anymore. But that doesn’t mean she can’t still be a big part of the team.

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Baylor coach, Felecia Mulkey, walks over to her team after being introduced. The Oregon Ducks host the Baylor Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on March 12, 2015. (Natsumi Seki/Emerald)
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Felecia Mulkey’s return, Oregon’s loss to Baylor signifies victory for the sport of acrobatics and tumbling

At 9:03 p.m. on Thursday, Oregon senior Sarah Moreno stood face-to-face at the center of Matthew Knight Arena with her former coach Felecia Mulkey. Mulkey gave Moreno a smile and a nudge on the left arm before both of them turned around and went their respective ways. Moreno jogged to the locker …

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The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team practice their routine. The Oregon Ducks host the Concordia Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon welcomes former coach Felecia Mulkey and undefeated Baylor Thursday

When the 2015 Oregon acrobatics and tumbling schedule came out, there was no circle around March 12. That date, Thursday, is when former Oregon coach Felecia Mulkey – who left the Ducks for Baylor this past summer – returns to Matthew Knight Arena. Instead, the Ducks are preparing for their …

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling stays undefeated with road win over Quinnipiac

The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team had its lowest score of the season on Sunday, but a strong second-half performance against Quinnipiac sealed the team’s third-straight victory. The Ducks won in Hamden, Connecticut by a final score of 274.315 – 264.065. “Although the first half didn’t go as well as we …

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Oregon sophomore base Krista Phillips (24) gets ready to do a cartwheel during the acrobatics event. The Oregon Ducks host the Concordia Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Krista Phillips named NCATA player of the week

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling sophomore Krista Phillips was named the National Collegiate Acrobatic and Tumbling Association (NCATA) inaugural player of the week Friday. Phillips competed in every event of Oregon’s victories over Asuza Pacific and Concordia University – Wisconsin. Against Concordia, Phillips scored an event-high 9.775 individual score in the …

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Overtime with Justin and Joseph, Ep. 4: Remembering Lauren Jones

It’s never easy to cover a student’s death, but it’s even harder when it’s someone who has left an impact on campus in such a short amount of time. Joseph and Justin discuss what it was like to cover the death of Lauren Jones.

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Oregon freshman Cari Carter shares her memories of Lauren in front of all that attended. Friends and teammates hold a candlelit vigil for Oregon acrobatics and tumbling freshman Lauren Jones by Deady Hall in Eugene, Oregon on February 22. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Video: Candlelight vigil for Lauren Jones

Over 50 students gathered on campus Sunday night to celebrate the life of University of Oregon freshman Lauren Jones. Since Jan. 16, four cases of meningococcemia, caused by the same meningitis-causing bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, have been reported at the UO. The most recent case was Lauren Jones, who died from the disease.

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Friends and teammates held a candlelit vigil for Oregon acrobatics and tumbling freshman Lauren Jones by Deady Hall in Eugene, Oregon on February 22. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Lauren Jones leaves lasting mark at University of Oregon

As Valentine’s Day approached, Lauren Jones had an idea. The freshman loved chemistry, and was known for always including her hallmates in the Barnhart residence hall. She integrated the two and posted a variety of Valentine’s messages on her dormitory door. “I’ve got my Ion you,” read one. “Let’s take …

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More than 50 people attend in Lauren's memory. Friends and teammates hold a candlelit vigil for Oregon acrobatics and tumbling freshman Lauren Jones by Deady Hall in Eugene, Oregon on February 22. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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“Show heaven that they truly lucked out”: Vigil held for Lauren Jones

Sunday night the people closest to Lauren Jones came out to Fenton Hall to remember the postivie and always smiling teammate and friend. From stories, videos and pictures compiled in a slideshow, the candles lit for her shined brightly in remeberance.

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The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team huddle after the final event of the competition. The Oregon Ducks host the Concordia Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Lauren Jones to be honored by University of Oregon community with vigil on Sunday night

There will be a candlelight vigil Sunday night to remember University of Oregon freshman Lauren Jones between Deady and Fenton Halls at 7 p.m. Jones, a member of the acrobatics and tumbling team, passed away Tuesday. She was 18. “The dress code is neon because we know she wouldn’t want us to wear …

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The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team hold up their hands with the number 51 symbolizing their teammate, Lauren Jones. The Oregon Ducks host the Concordia Falcons at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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A night for Lauren: Oregon beats Concordia in memory of fallen teammate

Everywhere you looked, Lauren Jones was there. The parking attendees wore “Ducks Fly Together” shirts with the No. 51 on the back in bright yellow. Matthew Knight Arena displayed her number on every screen. “LJ” patches were sewed above the right side of Oregon’s jerseys. Even Oregon senior Erika Schaefer had a yellow No. 51 …

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Share your memories of Lauren Jones

Please leave your condolences and memories of Lauren in the form provided. We’ll publish your thoughts later in the evening.

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Oregon athletic community responds to death of Lauren Jones

Freshman acrobatics and tumbling base Lauren Jones passed away Tuesday. This is how the Oregon athletic community is responding on Twitter.

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling athlete Lauren Jones passes away

Jones died on Tuesday night. The cause of her death is unknown, although university officials say it may have been a bacterial infection.

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Chelsea Shaw brings family feel to acrobatics and tumbling

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling head coach Chelsea Shaw calls the idea silly, but genius. At the end of practice, the Ducks gather on the mat and tell their teammates that they love each other. It’s a simple, but successful method for team building, Shaw believes. “It was kind of genius to …

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling beats Azusa Pacific in season-opening meet

The Chelsea Shaw era at Oregon is off to a good start. In Oregon’s first meet since losing former head coach Felecia Mulkey to Baylor, the Ducks crushed past Azusa Pacific 281.480 – 275.100. “I was very proud of our team tonight,” Shaw told GoDucks.com. “We definitely have lots of room for …

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team prepares to tune out "Zu Crew" crowd in first meet

Oregon senior Tara Lubert remembers the night her team’s 25-meet winning-streak snapped – April 7, 2014. She recalls the date off the top of her head. That night, the Ducks fell to Azusa Pacific by less than a point, 283.40-282.48. Lubert and the majority of her teammates also remember the atmosphere. Raucous, …

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling prepares to tune out "Zu" crowd in first meet

Oregon senior Tara Lubert remembers the night her team’s 25-meet winning-streak snapped – April 7, 2014. She recalls the date off the top of her head. That night, the Ducks fell to Azusa Pacific by less than a point, 283.40-282.48. Lubert and the majority of her teammates also remember the atmosphere. Raucous, …

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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling picked to finish first in NCATA Coaches' Poll

The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team was picked as the favorite to win its fifth-straight national championship, according to the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association coaches’ poll. The Ducks received eight first place votes and 117 points overall. The only other school to receive first-place votes was Baylor. The …

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