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HPU Acro and Tumbling Starts Hot but is Edged Late

    By HPU Athletics. February 23, 2015 - 11:20 am

ATThe Hawai’i Pacific Acrobatics and Tumbling Team (0-1) opened up its second season on the road at rival Azusa Pacific (1-1). The Sharks led with four of the six events in the books but faltered down the homestretch. The Cougars came away with the 283.760-278.930 win.

HPU won two heats and tied another during the Compulsory Event, including the opener. In Toss Heat the team of Bianca Bialk, Dani Guerin, Joely Smith, Amara Poquette, and Erin Robins scored a 9.9. Overall, the Sharks held almost a point advantage (38.30-37.45) after the first event. The Sharks added to their lead in the Acro Event. Heat two was the highlight with another 9.9 from Guerin, Poquette, Nicole Saiki and Rikki Quintana. HPU won the event overall 29.10-28.95.

HPU’s winning ways continued in the Pyramid Event. The Sharks won the first heat but had the Cougars drop a perfect 10 in Heat Two. HPU responded when Saiki, Poquette, Robins, Shawna Uehara, Melanie Hew, Lexi Vincent, Tori Aguirre, and Kristin Holaas scored a team-high 9.95 to win Heat Three and the event (29.60-29.20). At halftime, despite winning every event, HPU lead only 97.00-95.60. The momentum started to shift in the Toss Event as APU won two of the three heats. Despite the loss HPU still held a 125.35-124.10 advantage with just two events left to go.

The veteran Cougars then won the Tumbling Event (55.55-53.95), despite the terrific efforts of Poquette and in the Aerial Pass and Daisha Paulino in the Open Pass. Combined they were only docked .275 points. The Team Event also went the way of the Cougars, 104.11-99.63. The late surge was enough to lift the home team to victory.

“Although we didn’t pull out a win, I couldn’t be more proud of this young team in their first meet of the season. We are excited to get back and practice and perfect our skills. I am extremely proud of our team for winning three of the six events,” said reining national coach of the year Keenyn Won.

The Sharks will next travel to Connecticut to play Quinnipiac and Alderson Broaddus on March 10th.

Photo by Azusa Pacific University Athletics.