FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team has been making history all season as one of 10 schools in the country that sponsor an acrobatics and tumbling program. On Friday, the Tornado made even more history as they won their first meet in the short history of the program, defeating Adrian College 244.34-226.12 as part of a tri meet at Fairmont State University. King fell to the hosts 276.245-244.34.
The Tornado (1-5) have continued to improve all season long and set season-bests in four different events, and with their total score on Friday. King opened with a score of 30.65 in the first event, compulsories. In the next event, the Tornado picked up the scoring, posting season-highs in the final two acro heats. They ended the event with a season-best score of 27.45 and trailed Fairmont State (4-0) by eight points, but led Adrian (1-3) by six points after the first two events.
King kept rolling in the pyramid event, posting season-best scores in all three heats, including a 28.60 final pyramid score. It was more of the same in the toss event as King posted a score of 27.50, extending their lead over Adrian to nearly 10 points with two events left. The Bulldogs narrowly cut into the Tornado lead in the tumbling event, but King sealed the victory with a stellar team routine.
King posted a season-best team routine score of 89.69 to Adrian's 80.39 to seal the program's first victory 244.34-226.12. Fairmont State defeated both first-year programs with a total of 279.245 points.
The Tornado will be in action again on April 13 when they host Fairmont State in the Student Center Complex. The meet is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.