The Stunts & Tumbling team had a solid showing at their first competition of the season, finishing in 2nd place behind west coast powerhouse San Diego State University. APU stepped onto the mat with high expectations, and performed a high energy and entertaining routine. With some first event minor mistakes, they opened the door for SDSU to win the event hosted at Alliant International University in San Diego.
Though not a clean routine, SDSU took their experience from this season, and narrowly edged APU with a final score of 364 to 358.
“Anytime the scores are that close, it’s one little detail here or there that makes the difference in the judges eyes. We know we didn’t perform cleanly, and we will go back to practice and make some adjustments.” said S&T Head Coach Colleen Kausrud.
SDSU is coming off of their 5th place performance at UCA’s College Nationals, the nation’s second largest event, where the competed against other Division I schools. Their experienced paid off on Saturday, though the Cougar Stunts & Tumbling team is looking forward to their rematch coming up in three short weeks at the USA National Collegiate Championships held in Anaheim.
“It’s not the result we wanted, but it’s a foundation that we can build off of. We will continue to push hard through the next weeks. We learned a lot about ourselves today, and now we get better. Every time we step on the floor, we get better” promised Kausrud.
Stunts and Tumbling will take the floor again February 14-15, when they will face off against conference opponents as well as Division I opponents.