MEQUON, Wis. -- For the first time in program history, Concordia Wisconsin is sending individual Acrobatics and Tumbling student-athletes to the NCATA National Championships as an at-large bid for Pyramid Heat 3 (Open) on April 28 in Erie, Pa. The competition will take place at 7:30 pm.
The Falcons performed well throughout the season, averaging a 9.375 in the heat, and scored a season-high 9.90 at Adrian on March 10. The five student-athletes competing in the heat are senior Jacqueline Albino (Zion, Ill.), junior Jordan Ireland (Bennett, Colo.), junior Jofflyn Zaremba (Winneconne, Wis.), junior Anna Smith (Marengo, Ill.), senior Danielle Krumins (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). The five will compete against four teams who qualified for the NCATA National Championship, along with Alderson Broaddus and Glenville State who were at-large selections.
The tournament schedule begins on April 26 with the four quarterfinal meets. Third-seed Quinnipiac and sixth-seeded Fairmont State will open the tournament at noon (EST) before a battle between No. 2 Azusa Pacific and No. 7 Hawaii Pacific at 2 p.m. Top-seeded Baylor and No. 8 Converse will square off at 5 p.m. before No. 4 Oregon and tournament host Gannon conclude the day with a 7 p.m. meet.
In addition to the national championship qualifiers, the NCATA has also announced the at-large qualifiers for the individual event finals. The at-large qualifiers scored the highest individual heat score among eligible teams during the regular season, and multiple programs could qualify for the championships if tying for the highest qualifying score. The remaining qualifiers for the individual event championships will be determined by the top four scores in each individual heat among the tournament qualifiers on the first day of the NCATA Tournament.