Waco, Texas-- In it's second 3-way meet of the season, Azusa Pacific, took second place after finishing ahead of the No. 4 ranked Baylor University, but fell tbehind the No. 1 Maryland University Thursday evening.
With the second place finish, Azusa Pacific claims a win and a loss on the night to improve to 3-3 on the year.
Maryland scored 283.81 points, while Azusa Pacific finished with a 277.328, and Baylor rounded it out with 273.453. Although the meet ended with a 6-point deficit, late dramatics in the second half propelled the Terrapins to the first place finish.
Azusa Pacific dominated the first half, winning practically every event and earning 98.115 out of a possbile 100 points. In the final pyramid event and the last event before halftime, 24 Cougars took the floor and earned a 29.975, beating their previous season high, and setting the season record for the highest score in this event in the entire National Collegiate Acrobatic and Tumbling Association (NCATA).
After halftime, the Cougars continued their success with a win in the Basket Toss event, keeping their 2-point lead over Maryland and Baylor. However, in the event that hurt the Cougars in their meet against the University of Oregon 3 weeks ago, Maryland claimed a 4-point decisive win in the 6-heat tumbling event, which flipped the 2-point margin in favor of the Terrapins.
With one last shot to reclaim the lead in the team event, the Cougars finished with a 101.323 out of a 105.822 starting difficulty value (SDV). Baylor, which needed almost a perfect score to pass Azusa Pacific, had the highest SDV of a 108.703 andfinished with a 105.563, 3 points shy of the Cougars. With a SDV was 108.592, Maryland clinched the event by posting a 105.792 to take home the 2 wins, and keep their undefeated season alive.
Azusa Pacific comes back to the Felix Event Center to face Baylor again on March 5th, at Noon.