EUGENE, Ore., May 1, 2022 – The reigning NCATA National Champion Baylor Bears will hang onto the title for another year. The undefeated Bears clipped the Gannon Golden Knights 273.685-268.965 Saturday night at Michael Knight Arena on the campus of the University of Oregon to claim their seventh-straight championship. Baylor also added four individual event titles earlier in the day, while Gannon picked up hardware on three events. Azusa Pacific led the way on five events, and Converse, Limestone and Quinnipiac each topped the field once.
Baylor edged Gannon in all five categories en route to the 2022 team title. The compulsory (38.250-37.500) and acro (29.575-28.600) events were decided by less than a point, and the margin in the pyramid (29.450-29.350) and toss (28.800-28.775) events was within a tenth of a point. The tumbling segment was where the Bears were able to put significant distance between themselves and the runners up, topping the Knights 56.950-54.200.
Baylor finished the season with an 11-0 record, delivering the fifth undefeated season in school history. Gannon fell to 10-2 after posting the best season in program history and the highest-ever showing by a non-original NCATA program.
The Bears defeated the Converse Valkyries (271.325-260.195) and Quinnipiac Bobcats (273.600-269.160) to reach the championship final. Gannon’s road to the title match featured wins over the Limestone Saints (266.700-261.105) and Azusa Pacific Cougars (267.345-262.245). The Fairmont State Falcons and host Oregon Ducks were also selected to the eight-team tournament field.
In the individual event finals, Azusa Pacific secured titles in the five-element acro (9.825), 450 salto toss (9.800), duo tumbling pass (9.525), aerial tumbling pass (9.725) and six-element tumbling pass (9.750) competitions. Baylor topped the scoresheet in the seven-element acro (9.750), inversion pyramid (9.900), trio tumbling pass (9.250) and open tumbling pass (9.925) divisions. Gannon picked up titles in synchronized pyramid (9.775), synchronized toss (9.700) and open toss (9.775). Converse earned top marks in six-element acro with a 9.775. Limestone notched the day’s highest single-event score, delivering a 9.950 to claim the open pyramid title. Quinnipiac captured the quad tumbling pass championship with an 8.775.