QU Acrobatics & Tumbling Travels To Fairmont State For NCATA Championships This Weekend

QU Acrobatics & Tumbling Travels To Fairmont State For NCATA Championships This Weekend

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

Thursday, April 23rd
Individual Finals – 2 p.m.

Friday, April 24th
No. 4 Azusa Pacific vs. No. 5 Quinnipiac – 12 p.m.
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 8 King – 2:45 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 6 Alderson Broaddus – 5:30 p.m.
No. 2 Hawaii Pacific vs. No. 7 Fairmont State – 8:15 p.m. 

Saturday, April 25th
No.1/No. 8 Winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 Winner – 10 a.m.
No. 2/No. 7 Winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 Winner – 12 p.m.
National Championship Meet – 7 p.m.

The 2015 NCATA Tournament
After concluding their 2015 regular season at 5-3, the Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team will face Azusa Pacific in the quarterfinals of the NCATA National Tournament on Friday, April 24. The matchup will be the first time this year that these two programs meet. Quinnipiac currently occupies fifth place in the NCATA Tournament, while the Cougars sit in fourth place. The teams will take the mat at 12:00 pm (EST). Hawaii Pacific finished the regular season at 5-1 in their second year of competition.

NCATA Tournament Format
The championships begin on Thursday at 2 p.m. with the national individual event finals, featuring competitors from all NCATA championship participants. On Friday the quarterfinal round of the team event will be kicked off by the Quinnipiac and APU meet. The opening matchup will be followed by top-seeded Baylor meeting eighth-seeded King University at 2:45 p.m. Three-seeded and four time defending NCATA champion Oregon will take on six-seeded Alderson Broaddus at 5:30 p.m. Second-seeded Hawai'i Pacific will take on the host school, seven-seeded Fairmont State at 8:15 p.m.

Semifinal meets are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, with semifinal winners returning to compete for the NCATA National Championship at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.

About Azusa Pacific
The Cougars enter the tournament at 2-4 on the year. They began the season with a home loss at Oregon before earning their first win over Hawai'i Pacific in Los Angeles. APU then lost to Baylor in their third consecutive home meet. In a tri-meet at Oregon, the Cougars took second place over Fairmont State while falling to the Ducks for the second time on the season. Azusa capped off the regular season with a second loss to the undefeated Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas. The Cougars are coached by Colleen Kausrud who is in her fifth year at the helm.

All-Time Against The Cougars
The quarterfinal matchup will be the tenth all-time meeting between the two programs. Azusa Pacific holds a 6-4 advantage over the Bobcats. In the last meeting, the Cougars ended Quinnipiac's season in last year's semifinal.  In 2014, the three-seeded Bobcats fell to the two-seeded Cougars, 284.725-278.140. APU also defeated QU in a tri-meet in Eugene, Oregon in the regular season last year. In 2013, the Bobcats topped the Cougars in the NCATA semifinal to earn their first ever birth in the national championship.

Last Time On The Mats
In their last meet of the regular season, Quinnipiac defeated Gannon University on April 11, 276.360-263.385. The Bobcats won five of the six events including the Compulsory, Acro, Toss, Tumbling and Team events while the Golden Knights took the Pyramid event. 

Rule-ing The 6-Element
Sophomore Kelsey Rule went 6-2 against competition in the 6-Element pass of the Tumbling event. Rule went 1-1 to open the year with a score of 9.45 against Baylor and Concordia. She lost for the second time in the home opener against Oregon with a score of 9.575. In the tri-meet at the TD Bank Sports Center, Rule scored a 9.4 to win the heat. She captured a score of 9.775 to win the 6-Element in a tri-meet with King and Alderson Broaddus. Against Gannon, she secured her highest score of the season with a 9.850.

Taylor In The Open
Junior top Taylor Johnson, finished the season 7-1 in the open pass. Johnson scored an 8.90 in the tri-meet with Baylor and Concordia to take the open heat of the Tumbling event. She responded with a stronger performance against Oregon, scoring a 9.775 to win the heat for the Bobcats. Johnson's win was the only heat Quinnipiac was able to take from the Ducks out of six heats in the Tumbling event. In the tri-meet at Alderson Broaddus, Johnson won the heat with a score of 9.575. She captured her best score of the year against Gannon with a 9.850.

Bobcats In The Individual Finals
Multiple Bobcats will represent the Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team in the NCATA individual finals on Thursday. QU will compete in the Acro, Pyramid, Toss and Tumblig events.

Acro Event
The 5-Element Acro event will consist of Abby Ziser, Allee Tallman, Grace Manthey and Jenna Adams. They qualified in the last meet of the regular season, scoring a 9.90. The 7-Element event will be represented by Taylor Johnson, Stephanie Palange, Catherine Toma and Brooke Artz. They combined to score a 9.76 in the first meet against Baylor and Concordia.

Pyramid Event
Quinnipiac is one of five schools competing in the Flip heat of the Pyramid event. The Bobcats scored a 9.95 three times this season to quailfy for the heat. 

Toss Event
Quinnipiac qualified for the 2-Element Toss heat in the final meet of the season against Gannon. Taylor Johnson, Rachel Leahy, Catherine Toma, Brooke Artz and Stephanie Palange joined efforts to score a 9.70. The Bobcats will also compete in the Open Toss event, as the number one seed. In the last meet, Kelsey Rule, Christine Rochester, Kayla McCormack, Noelle Brasier and Brittney Kusmierski combined to score a 9.85. The next best score is a 9.70 which was scored by two teams.

Tumbling Event
Two Bobcats qualified for the Tumbling heats. Kelsey Rule will take part in the 6-Element Pass after scoring a 9.85 against Gannon. Johnson will compete in the Open Pass, also scoring a 9.85 against Gannon

Hitting Their Stride
Quinnipiac is entering the NCATA National Tourament at the perect time. In their last meet against Gannon, the Bobcats put up their best results in the Compulsory (38.40), Acro (29.40), Pyramid (29.50), Tumbling (54.70) and overall Score (276.360). In the Compulsory event, Quinnipiac recorded their best scores in the Acro (9.45), Pyramid (10.00) and Toss (9.90) heats.

Dance For A Cause
The Quinnipiac Acrobatics and Tumbling team joined with the Quinnipiac Athletic Student Trainers Club for its tenth annual Cheer and Dance Challenge. The event took place, Saturday, Feb. 21. The proceeds collected directly benefited the Connecticut March of Dimes and the Kendall Pallone Trust Fund, which was founded by acrobatics and tumbling head coach Mary Ann Powers in 2012.

The Elite Eight
The eight graduating seniors Casey BlockStephanie CrossonNicollette HemmerRachel LeahyStephanie PalangeJenna QuennevilleChristine Rochester and Cara Seckinger were honored for their dedication and commitment to the Quinnipiac Acrobatics and tumbling program. Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald and head coach Mary Ann Powers recognized the eight seniors prior to competition against Oregon with a brief ceremony.

Leaders of the Pack
For the 2014-15 season, head coach Mary Ann Powers has announced the selection of three seniors, Stephanie Palange (West Springfield, Mass.), Christine Rochester (Waterford, Conn.) and Cara Seckinger (Danbury, Conn.) as tri-captains. 

Best of the Best
Three Bobcats were named to the 2014 NCATA All-American Team; Brooke Artz (Whitman, Mass.), Kayla McCormack (Hanson, Mass.) and Kelsey Rule (Kendall Park, NJ). Rule was also named Freshman of the Year. Artz and McCormack will compete this season as juniors while Rule will be a sophomore.

NCATA Collegiate Membership
Quinnipiac begins its fifth full season as a member of the NCATA. In addition to Quinnipiac the league consists of 10 additional schools, including Adrian College, Alderson-Broaddus University, Azusa Pacific, Baylor, Concordia University, Fairmont State, Gannon University, Hawaii Pacific, King College 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: Compulsory, Acrobatics, Pyramid, Toss, Tumble, 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.