WACO, Texas, April 23, 2021 – The No. 2 seed Baylor Bears toppled the top-seeded Azusa Pacific Cougars to claim their sixth-straight NCATA national title Friday at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas. Baylor edged Azusa Pacific in all six events to capture a 279.790-276.465 victory.
The Bears finish the season with a 6-1 record, while the Cougars fell to 4-1.
Baylor took a jumped out to an early 38.825-38.400 lead following the compulsory event and continued to grow that margin throughout the competition. They edged Azusa Pacific by less than a point in the acro (29.750-29.075), pyramid (29.500-29.450), toss (28.975-28.675), and tumbling (57.950-57.575) events before pouring it on in the team competition (94.790-93.290).
The Bears outscored the Cougars in 13 of the 19 heats during the first five events. Baylor earned a 9.900 or higher in the compulsory pyramid (9.925), compulsory toss (9.925), five-element acro (9.975), seven-element acro (9.925) and six-element tumbling (9.950). Azusa Pacific edged Baylor in inversion pyramid (9.875-9.850), 450 salto toss (9.850-9.675), synchronized toss (9.700-9.600), aerial tumbling (9.850-9.575) and open tumbling (9.900-9.800).