BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third time in program history and the first time since 2015, the King University acrobatics and tumbling team has qualified of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships. The Tornado earned the eighth seed and will face off with top seed University of Oregon on April 27 in Azusa, Calif. The Tornado also qualified for the event finals for the first time in program history as they qualified in two different heats.
King has set 19 new program records this year, posting a record of 2-4 and improving all season long. Early in the season, the Tornado took a 267.630-264.280 win on the road at Fairmont State University. King closed the regular season with a pair of their best meets in program history. Posting a program-best 272.395 points in a defeat to top-ranked Oregon. The Tornado closed the season with a 271.035-213.320 victory over Georgetown College (Ky.) to clinch their spot in the national championships.
The rest of the field includes second seed Baylor University, third seed Quinnipiac University and fourth seed Hawaii Pacific University. Host Azusa Pacific is the fifth seed with Alderson Broaddus the sixth seed and Gannon University the seventh seed. The Tornado faced Alderson Broaddus, Quinnipiac, Gannon and Oregon already this season.
For the first time in program history, the Tornado have qualified for the individual event finals. King qualified in two pyramid heats, heat one and heat three. The Tornado posted a perfect score of 10.00 in pyramid heat three against Quinnipiac University on March 18. The top score for King in pyramid heat one came at Gannon University on March 11 when the Tornado posted a score of 9.75.
King takes the mat at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 27 against Oregon in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are scheduled for April 28 and the championship for April 29. King will compete in the individual event finals on Saturday. The event finals are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. EST.