MEQUON, Wis. – In the first-ever home meet in school history, Concordia University Wisconsin's Acrobatics & Tumbling program put on a show in front over nearly 1,200 fans inside the R. John Buuck Field House on Thursday. However, Hawaii Pacific University earned the victory 277.915 to 239.965.
The Falcons scored numerous impressive scores throughout the night, including a 9.55 in Heat 2 (twist) of the Pyramid Event. They had four routines receive over a 9.0 final score.
Hawaii Pacific entered the night as the No. 4 team in the latest National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association Coaches' Poll. The Sharks had two routines finish with a perfect 10.00 score and 15-of-19 heats earn 9.0 points or higher.
Freshman Jacqueline Albino (Zion, Ill.), junior Treasure Fields (Richmond, Va.), senior Mary Harris (Cicero, Ill.), junior Alexandria VanErden (Wildwood, Ill.) and freshman Devon Kirkpatrick (Eugene, Ore.) led the Falcons in the Toss heat of the Compulsory event by scoring a 9.30 out of a possible 10 start value.
In the Acro event it was freshman Erika Edlund (Waukesha, Wis.), freshman McKenna Daulton (Hudson, Wis.) and VanErden who combined to score a 9.35 out of a possible 10 points. During Heat 2 (twist) portion of the Pyramid event, the combination of Daulton, freshman Marissa Ruchti (Janesville, Wis.), freshman Karen Avery (Elkhorn, Neb.), Fields, Kirkpatrick and Albino helped the Falcons score a 9.55. In all, CUW recorded 27.65 points out of a possible 29.50 in the three Pyramid heats, its strongest part of the meet.
The closest score to the start value for the Falcons was an 8.40 out of an 8.80 in Heat 2 (2 element) during the Toss event. Overall, CUW's 239.965 total points earned were a season-high.
CUW will next compete on Saturday, March 21 at Gannon University, while also competing against Alderson-Broaddus College.