Feb. 10, 2013
FAIRMONT, W.V. - Baylor Acrobatics & Tumbling lost to Fairmont State, 277.175-274.550, in the teams' first 2013 season meet Sunday night in Fairmont, W.V.
"Overall, I was very proud of the team tonight," head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams said. "Our athletes are better conditioned and trained this year, so they were able to recover quickly from the minor flaws in the first half."
The Falcons took the first event, outscoring the Bears 37.75-37.65 in Compulsories. The lead widened after Fairmont State posted a 27.95 in the Acro event, more than a full point better than Baylor (26.80). The Bears rallied, however, and took the lead 92.45-92.15 after the Pyramid event, scoring 28.00 to Fairmont State's 26.45.
An injury for the Bears in the second half sidelined one of their veterans. The Falcons, however, began the second half strong, regaining a 120.10-119.00 lead after scoring 27.95 to Baylor's 26.55 in the Basket Toss event. The Bears rebounded once again by taking a .52 point-win in the Tumbling event, but still trailed Fairmont State 174.28-173.70 heading into the final event.
Fairmont State scored 102.90 in the Team Routine, which meant Baylor would have to score 103.48 to win the meet. The Bears came up short with a 100.85, which resulted in a 277.175-274.550 loss.
"Even with all the changes to our team event, our subs stepped up and we got through our final event fairly well," Harris-Williams said. "This was definitely a learning experience for the team. We plan to shake this off and move forward."
Baylor's next meet is Tuesday, February 26, when the Bears host Azusa Pacific at the Ferrell Center. All NCATA events are sanctioned through USA Gymnastics.