King's inaugural season ends at the NCATA National Championships

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus
Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

AZUSA, Calif. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team capped a successful inaugural season on Thursday afternoon at the NCATA (National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association) National Championships. King, the ninth seed squared off with eighth seeded Alderson Broaddus University in the first round, and the Battlers took a 257.55-220.985 victory to advance in the tournament.

The Tornado (1-7) have been competing shorthanded all season, but haven't stopped fighting, as they started the meet with a compulsory score of 24.75. However, it was evident early that the Battlers, also in the first year of competition, were on their game early, scoring 31.90 in the compulsory event to gain the early lead.

King looked to improve in the acro event, posting a score of 24.79, but Alderson Broaddus (3-7) extended their lead with a score of 27.05 in the event. The Battlers increased their lead to 14 at halftime after outscoring King 28.80-23.55 in the pyramid event.

The Tornado again looked to comeback out of halftime, posting a score of 24.05 in the toss event, but the Battlers still managed to extend their lead ever so slightly. Alderson Broaddus scored 26.60 in the event before outscoring King 51.650-41.825 in the tumbling event. King closed the meet with a team routine score of 82.02, and Alderson Broaddus scored 91.55 to take the meet 257.55-220.985.

This was the first season King competed in acrobatics and tumbling, and ended the season with a 1-7 record. The Tornado earned their lone win on March 14 over Adrian College. King was outnumbered in every meet this season as they only had 13 players on their roster, compared to opponents that had roster of more than 20 and 30 players.