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National champs: Oregon acrobatics and tumbling pull off a repeat

The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team claimed its second-straight National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association National Championship this past weekend in Waco, Texas. @@[email protected]@

In a rematch of last year’s title showdown, the Ducks (11-0) completed an undefeated regular season and defeated No. 1 seed Maryland (9-2), 281.935-277.885, Saturday night at the Ferrell Center. Oregon was the only team to beat Maryland this season.

After strong showings in the compulsory round got the Ducks off to a promising start, things only progressed as Oregon took a 96.75-96.10 lead into the half. The Terps made their first move after half, taking a 125.10-124.75 edge following the toss event.

Heading into the tumbling finale, freshman Sarah [email protected]@[email protected]@ and sophomore Natasha [email protected]@[email protected]@ won the duo pass, and Oregon also won the trio pass before Maryland claimed the quad pass. It was a back-and-forth showing in the solo passes, with senior Kelsey [email protected]@[email protected]@ and Katzaroff each winning their passes.

The Ducks went on to score a 99.11 in the team routine to seal the championship victory, while Maryland scored a 95.41. In addition to the team title, Oregon won event titles in heat three of the pyramid, duo, trio quad, aerial and six-element.

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