Tornado set a pair of season bests in final home meet

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus
Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their final home meet of the season, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team posted a season-high with their total score against Fairmont State University. The Fighting Falcons took the meet 276.90-245.145 in both teams final tune up before the NCATA National Championships in two weeks.

Fairmont State (7-2) started strong in the compulsory event, outscoring the Tornado (1-6) 37.85-27.60. The Fighting Falcons didn't slow down in the acro event, scoring 28.95 points to the King's 25.15 points. King started to improve in the pyramid event, scoring 27.80 points to Fairmont State's 28.90. At the break, the Fighting Falcons held a 124.40-107.50 lead over the Tornado.

Coming out the break, King scored 26.95 points in the toss event, but the Fighting Falcons scored 28.70 points to extend their lead. The Tornado turned in their best tumbling event performances of the season, amassing a season best 45.525 points in the event. King also posted season-highs in four of the six tumbling heats. However, the Fighting Falcons posted a tumbling score of 55.20, taking a 179.60-153.025 lead into the final event.

In the final event, the team routine, King posted another season best, scoring over 90 points for the first time with a score of 92.12. With the team routing score, King posted a meet total of 245.145 for a season best. Nevertheless, Fairmont State posted a team routine score of 97.30 to take the meet with a total score of 276.90.

King will be in action again from April 24-26 at the NCATA (National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association) National Championships in Azusa, Calif.