April 29, 2013
HAMDEN, Conn. - Baylor Acrobatics & Tumbling fell to No. 5 seed Fairmont State 267.05-264.54 in the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships on Friday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
"I think the girls did their best, but in the end it wasn't good enough to pull off the win," head coach LaPrise Harris-Williamssaid. "I am proud, however, of how they pulled together as a team and tried hard. We just needed to hit each event, but we didn't. We made some mistakes early on that we couldn't recover from later in the meet."
The Bears held a .5-point lead over the Falcons after the first two events, outscoring Fairmont State 36.75-36.60 in Compulsories and 28.65-28.3 in the Acro event. But Fairmont State rallied during the Pyramid event, taking the lead after scoring a 28.45 to Baylor's 26.0. The Bears trailed the Falcons 93.35-91.40 at halftime.
The lead widened for Fairmont State after posting a 28.05 in the Toss event. This outscored Baylor's performance by .2. The Falcons led 121.40-119.25 as both teams prepared for the Bears' strongest event, the Tumbling event.
After winning two national titles in the Trio pass and Aerial pass in Thursday night's NCATA Individual National Championships, the Bears felt confident they would perform well in the Tumbling event again. They pulled through, outscoring the Falcons 54.90-52.00, gaining the lead. The Bears led 174.15-173.40 entering the final event - the Team Routine.
Baylor posted a score of 90.39, which wasn't high enough to match Fairmont State's score of 93.65, costing the Bears the victory. The Falcons won the quarterfinals 267.05-264.54, advancing them to compete against No. 1 Oregon in the NCATA National Semifinals at 5:00 p.m. Friday.
"I think it was a good season," Harris-Williams said. "It was a learning season. We're stronger this year and better skill-wise. We just need to learn how to compete event-by-event; compete in the moment."