EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon hosts its first acrobatics and tumbling meet with fans in the stands since March 8, 2020 on Saturday at 4 pm
The third-ranked Ducks (0-1) will square off with No. 6 Gannon (4-1). The Knights made the trip up the west coast after splitting a tri-meet at No. 2 Azusa Pacific on Tuesday. They knocked off No. 5 Hawai’i Pacific 269.965-251.771, but fell 275.600-269.965 to APU.
Oregon enters the meet with an 0-1 record after dropping its season-opening meet on Sunday at Baylor. The Ducks had plenty of bright spots in the meet, but were unable to consistently post high scores in their first meet of the year.
Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book to donate to Relief Nursery. All fans who donate a book will be able to purchase a discounted ticket to Oregon’s meet against Azusa Pacific on March 25.
When: Saturday, March 5
Where: Matthew Knight Arena
Hour: 4 p.m
Live Score: https://goducks.com/sports/2022/2/28/acro-scores.aspx
THE DUCKS vs. THE KNIGHTS
Oregon and Gannon have squared off four times including two clashes in the NCATA Championships. The Ducks are 4-0 and won the only previous meeting in Eugene 272,230-271,930. The Knights are coached by Oregon alum Jacquie Eshleman, who transferred to UO to be a part of the inaugural acrobatics and tumbling team.
MCMORRIS NAMED NCATA FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Blessyn McMorris wasted no time securing her first award as a Duck, earning NCATA Freshman of the Week honors for her performance at Baylor. McMorris is Oregon’s first NCATA Freshman of the Week since Calyx Hampton earned the award in 2018. The Lynwood, Ill.-native competed in seven heats across five events, most among Oregon freshman.
SUSNARA BEGINS FIRST SEASON AS DUCKS’ HEAD COACH
Former Oregon All-American and assistant coach Taylor Susnara was named the head coach of the acrobatics and tumbling program in June of 2021. Susnara was a three-time NCATA All-American for the Ducks from 2015-18 before working as an assistant for three seasons under then-head coach Keenyn Won. Susnara is the fourth head coach in the program’s history. Over her three seasons as an assistant, Susnara helped Oregon compile a 13-7 record. During those three years, the Ducks had at least one student-athlete earn an NCATA weekly honor after 10 of its 15 regular season meets. Oregon was ranked No. 2 nationally by the NCATA in all 15 meets of Susnara’s first two seasons.
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
The Ducks have a storied history with acrobatics and tumbling that includes being one of the sport’s pioneers. They are also one of the most successful programs in the country with appearances at every national championship event since the first one in 2011. Oregon has reached the NCATA Championship Finals nine times in the ten years of the event, winning national titles in 2011, 2013 and 2014. The Ducks have reached the semifinals in all nine years and have finished as national runner-up five times. Oregon also owns more than 40 individual event titles and 25 Ducks have been named All-Americans.