Gannon starts the season off strong


In its third year of existence, Gannon University’s acrobatics and tumbling team opened its season with a victory Sunday over host Adrian.
The Knights won 12 of 13 events against the Michigan school and evened out a score of 259.685-230.560.
Each event was scored on a 10-point basis except the team event, which was based on 110 points.
The meet consisted of four compulsory events, three acro events, three pyramid events, three tossing events, five tumbling events and one team event.
Gannon swept the compulsory event, giving the Knights a 36.85-33.35 lead. Next they took the acro event, extending their lead to 66.25-59.30.
The Knights won two of the three pyramid events, ending the heat they didn’t win in a tie. This gave them an edge in the lead with a score of 95.55-87.55.
Gannon continued to sweep the floor by winning all three tossing heats giving the Knights a 123.00-115.75 lead.
Excited about the season, coach Chevonne White saw that the team showed up physically and mentally prepared, full of positive energy and maintained a strong performance throughout the meet.
“They work together; supporting, cheering, encouraging and providing feedback to each other throughout the entire meet, which broadcast a unified front,” White said.
The Knights capped the night by winning the team event by 15.5 points.
In the Knights’ three-year existence, they have remained perfect in five all-time meetings with Adrian. Currently, Gannon is ranked No. 9 in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association preseason poll and Adrian matches up three spots away at No. 12.
Gannon hits the floor again for its home debut against Concordia at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Hammermill Center.
Last season, the Knights defeated Concordia 258.895-233.325 during a tri-meet with Alderson Broaddus at home in the first matchup between the two programs.

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