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In a sport of small steps mattering, Georgetown College acrobatics and tumbling took a huge step forward. Friday in the Tigers inaugural opening home meet, GC elevated the team score more than 30 points and closed the gap in competition. Glenville State College took the 250.7 to 215.385 final victory, but great strides were made.
Georgetown College acrobatics and tumbling opened the varsity competition against Concordia University Wisconsin. The No. 10 Falcons started strong in the compulsory and never looked back against the No. 12 Tigers.
GC's top four scoring events were – tumbling six element pass (8.8 out of a 9.05), compulsory toss heat (8.25 out of a 10), toss heat three (8.1 out of an 8.9) and pyramid heat three (8.0 out of a 9.1). The visitors tallied a program first 184.155 points to CUW's 235.640.
The best event in meet one was pyramid where the Tigers scored a 23.35 out of a start value of 27.6 for the three events. They followed that up with a strong toss portion, scoring 21.35 points out of a possible 26.65. This was also the portion GC was closest to Concordia as the hosts posted a 24.55 out of a 28.05.
It's time to flip, lift, spot our way to a pyramid of acrobatic fun. The Georgetown College acrobatic and tumbling team will hit the mats for a demonstration of the exciting upcoming varsity season. Come cheer on your Tigers 4 pm Sunday in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
Coach Alicia Castagneto will introduce Tiger Nation to its 14 newest student-athletes, while also explaining how this five-event – compulsories, acro, pyramid, toss and tumbling – meet works. Each event has several heats inside that will add to the final total team score.
Georgetown College acrobatics and tumbling team enters a season of practice and demonstration work as first-year head coach Alicia Castagneto builds excitement for the developing sport.
"We hit the ground running in January but ran into a snag with so many seniors having already committed to colleges," Castagneto said. "I have laid the ground work with coaches and athletes to have a competition squad next year. This year we will get to showcase what this sport is all about and hopefully get even more people excited."
The Tigers A&T have five members with true freshman Madi Webster and junior cheerleader Kaya Kelly being joined by current Georgetown students Leah Pederson, Aarica Parker and Nicole Miracle.
Christina 'Madi' Webster becomes Georgetown College's second acrobatics and tumbling team signee. The Odon, Ind. native has been part of the USAG national trampoline and tumbling teams from 2011-14. She competed with the junior squad for the first two years and the senior team in 2013-14.
"I'm really excited to have Madi join our Tiger program," said GC coach Alicia Castagneto. "I really feel she is the right fit overall. She is comes in with a strong trampoline and tumbling background. She excels in the classroom and has her feet solidly rooted in her faith. Those are three components I think are most important for any student-athlete with which I want to work."