Acro and tumbling takes senior night, awaits nationals invitation

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The Gannon University acrobatics and tumbling team concluded its regular season with a home meet Saturday, and the Knights finished in style, beating Glenville State, 260.455-244.775.
Recognized before the meet were the team’s two seniors, Lindsey McKnight and Kayla Telego.
Glenville took control at the start of the event, winning the first three compulsory heats. The Pioneers led 32.65-32.30 after the compulsory event and took two of the three heats to get the win in the acro event, 28.25-27.50.
This left Gannon trailing by 1.1 points.
An excellent performance in the pyramid events by Gannon’s nine different members began the climb to the front spot.
Going into halftime the Knights trailed 90.2-89.2. It was after halftime that Gannon showed its dominance.
The team swept all three heats in the toss events, 27.7-24.6. The Knights then finished their regular season by beating Glenville State 92.33-80.50 during the team event.
That gave Gannon its ultimate winning margin, enabling the Knights to capture their third home victory and finish the regular season with a 4-4 record.
Since that last match the most recent National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Coaches Poll was released.
Baylor, last year’s national champions, still holds the No. 1 spot on the list. Gannon, though, has moved up a spot ahead of King University (Tenn.) to get the very important No. 8 spot.
The reason that the No. 8-ranked spot is so important is because eight teams will receive invitations to the national championships.
Coach Chevonne White and the rest of the squad are awaiting an invitation to nationals. NCATA National Championships will be held April 16-18 in Waco, Texas.

MATTHEW NEWARA
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