The Stunts & Tumbling Team continued their stride of improvement and excellence this past weekend. The USA College Championships held February 14-15 at the Anaheim Convention Center hosted 13 teams in the All-Girl 4-year College Division. APU’s first round performance left them in second place to the University of Oregon. For the first time, however, APU was ahead of San Diego State in the standings.
“It’s fun to watch the confidence grow each time we step onto the mat. The team is beginning to realize their potential and our new found team confidence is driving out any individual fears, hesitations, or weaknesses, ” reflected head S&T Coach Colleen Kausrud.
With this as an added boost of confidence, APU improved upon their performance, and actually tied powerhouse University of Oregon on the second day of competition. With a scoring format where 40% of the score is carried from day one, APU remained solidly in second place (92.04/100) overall, beating out eleven other California schools, including GSAC members Cal Baptist (77.14/100; 8th Place) and Biola (76.10/100; 9th Place).
"For the past several years our team has been giving a truly renowned D1 university (SDSU)a run for their money, and to have finally fought hard enough to place above them is a true depiction of the amount of hard work and dedication each girl and the coaching staff has been putting into this program," says Sanja Stark, Junior S&T team member.
APU will travel to the University of Oregon for the first ever NCSTA meet on the west coast. The team is anxious to experience the new format of competition and have the opportunity to once again match their skills against Division I nationally ranked opponents University of Oregon, University of Georgia, and Ohio State University.
The event was summed up well by Junior Kristen Keely, "Though we weren't perfect we are improving with every performance we do. I am really proud of our team and I am excited and confident to go to Oregon and show them what we can do!"
The USA Championships is the fourth largest event in the nation for collegiate stunts and tumbling/competitive cheer.
Final standings from the USA Collegiate Championships:
U of Oregon = 93.88
APU = 92.04
San Diego State = 89.92
Cal Poly SLO = 85.72
UC Santa Barbara = 81.78
Fresno State = 79.16
San Jose State = 78.22
Cal Baptist = 77.14
Biola = 76.10
Cal State San Bernardino = 71.12
UC Merced = 68.70
Cal State Dominguez Hills = 68.62
Sonoma State = 68.60