ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College acrobatics and tumbling team split its tri-meet with Arizona Christian University and Urbana University on Thursday, March 14. The Bulldogs scored 231.455 points, beating Urbana's 124.250, but was not enough to top Arizona Christian's score of 245.155.
Arizona Christian opened the meet up with high marks in the early compulsory heats, and took the compulsory event with a score of 32.80. Adrian was close behind with a score of 29.10 and Urbana trailed with a 20.90. The Bulldogs improved as the meet went on, picking up 23.70 points over three heats in the acro event. The Firestorm matched AC's improvement and scored 26.15 to extend their lead.
Improvement relative to the start value continued to be the theme in the last event before halftime, as the Black and Gold scored a 26.10 in the pyramid's three heats. Once again Arizona Christian was able to continue to extend its lead, picking up a 27.30 while only missing 2.30 points.
Adrian had its best event after halftime, winning the toss event with a score of 25.35 to ACU's 24.00 and Urbana's 19.30. The Bulldogs only left 2.60 points on the board, with all three heats having start values of 9.00 or higher.
The Firestorm padded their lead in the tumbling event, outscoring Adrian 49.725 to 41.975 in the meet's penultimate event. The Blue Knights of Urbana had a good showing in the tumbling event as well, narrowly finishing behind AC with a score of 41.550. The Bulldogs won the team event, 85.23 to 85.18 (Urbana scored zero) but it wasn't enough as Arizona Christian's lead was already too large.
Despite the loss, Adrian still had a lot of positives in the meet, including winning two events. The Bulldogs' final score of 231.455 is the highest in the Ellen Barker era and the most points scored since the 2016 season.
Adrian is back on the road next weekend, with two road meets in three days. The Bulldogs are at Davis & Elkins College on Friday, March 22 for a 7 p.m. dual and then travel to Glenville State for a 2 p.m. meet on Sunday, March 24.