On Tuesday April 2, APU’s Acrobatics and Tumbling team fought hard against the Oregon Ducks, the number one seed in the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA). The Cougars were defeated, losing by a 12.12-point margin, but their spirits were high as they registered 271.796, their second- highest scoring performance of the season.
“Oregon is the best team in the league [NCATA] so they have always been our toughest competition,” junior Cortnee Miller said. “This was one of our best meets and other than a couple of heats that we struggled with, everything went really well.”
The meet held on Oregon’s campus was not the first time the Cougars have faced the Ducks. Previously, the Cougars lost to Oregon by only a 3-point deficit, the closest margin a team has come this season when challenging the undefeated Ducks. Though disappointing, the most recent loss has not discouraged the team.
“After the meet no one on the team was upset,” Miller said. “We were going into it trying to beat our own score, which we did, so we accomplished what we wanted.”
The team has experienced certain struggles throughout the season. However, Miller and her teammates feel the girls are the closest they have been all season.
“Despite the fact that we lost to Oregon again, I do feel like our team had one of its best performances at this past meet,” freshman Claire Dresselhaus said. “We have had to make a lot of adjustments in the past month, and even so we pulled through as a team and put up a good fight against the Ducks.”
With only three more practices before their last meet, Dresselhaus understands there is pressure to perform.
“I think I personally could have done better at the meet [against Oregon],” Dresselhaus said. “Being new to this sport, I feel like I still have to figure out how to control my nerves and use them to get me pumped up instead of completely freaked out.”
The last Acrobatics and Tumbling meet will be held at Felix Event Center on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30pm against Baylor University.
“We only have three more practices before our last home meet, and this time we need to win,” Dresselhaus said. “This far into the season we know we can hit everything, and sometimes it is easy to settle for that, when really we need to strive not only to hit it, but hit it perfectly.”