Fewer than four points separated Oregon and Baylor in the NCATA national championship final.
No. 1-ranked Oregon failed to get revenge on Baylor, who clinched its third national title in the sport. The Bears defeated the Ducks by a score of 279.400-275.625 to win their second-straight national title in Azusa, California.
Oregon was outscored by 0.10 in the compulsory event but took a 0.05 point lead after the second event. The pyramid event went in favor of Baylor, and the Ducks narrowly trailed the Bears at halftime, 96.40-96.15.
The Ducks outscored the Bears in the toss event following the intermission, taking a 0.10 lead heading into the 60-point worth tumbling event. Baylor took the tumbling event 57.350-56.225, retaking the lead 181.750-180.725 with the final event remaining: the team event.
Oregon had to outscore Baylor in the team event to win it all, but Baylor proved its strength in the team event. The Bears scored a 97.650 while the Ducks scored a 94.900, giving Baylor the national championship with a meet score of 279.400-275.625.
The Ducks had a successful season overall, with a dominant winning record. Oregon’s only losses this season came in meets at Baylor and in the national championship against Baylor in Azusa.
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