Acro and Tumbling 2-0 in the season

Brittney Bronleben

The No. 4 Quinnipiac Acro and Tumbling team defeated the Augustana University Vikings 268.975-251.140 on their first-ever Alumni game. This was the first matchup between both teams because this was the Vikings third ever meet in program history.

In the compulsory round, Quinnipiac started with a lead while scoring 37.150 points compared to Augustana’s 32.900. Both teams started strong but the Bobcats used more difficult tricks and were cleaner in their executions. 

Round two ended with Augustana gaining 25.400 points to Quinnipiac’s 25.100. In the acro event, the Bobcats dropped Kyra McHenry in one of their tricks. For Augustana, McKenna Towbridge slipped on one of her landings. Quinnipiac was still in the lead with a score of 62.250- 58.300.

In the pyramid event, both teams had clean tricks and executed them precisely. Quinnipiac used more challenging tricks and had a higher difficulty level in their heats. The Bobcats went into halftime leading 91.65-84.8.

Quinnipiac gained 27.850 points and the Vikings earned 25.100. Overall, Augustana was sloppy and not synchronized as the Vikings faced similar issues in the tumbling event.

In the sixth event, Quinnipiac earned 92.450 points while Augustana earned 91.440. Both schools in the team event were very energetic and had a clean execution. The Bobcats would go on to win the meet 268.975-251.140. 

It’s been a month since the Bobcats last competed. Quinnipiac defeated Kutztown University 265.390-234.330 in the last competition.

“Yes, I did feel that there was rust,” said head coach Mary-Ann Powers. “It didn’t show up at last night’s practice but I think for the first time in the history of our season’s schedule there was this lapse of time and they practice hard for weeks and there is nothing really to bite and chew on because they are not playing right away.”

Powers continued “But I’m hoping now because we are in the bulk of our schedule they are going to sense the immediacy in going into practice.”

Powers and the team appreciated all the support they got today from the crowd. Other Quinnipiac athletic teams showed up to show support, but most importantly the alumni showed their support.

“The truth of the matter is that we don’t even have to call it an alumni game because they are the game anyway,” said Powers. “They are as passionate about it now as they were here.”

“It feels great,” said Layla Tracey. “They’re awesome people and our inspirations. We are doing this sport after them and coming in. It feels great to see them. We get real hype on the floor seeing them cheer us on.”

The team loves to support each other and be supported by the crowd when at home.

Their next week’s meeting will be at Presbyterian College, South Carolina on March 18.