FAIRMONT, W. Va. – The Baylor University Bears won the first National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) title in program history on Saturday, defeating four-time reigning national champ Oregon, 286.690-282.870, in Saturday’s title meet at Joe Retton Arena on the campus of Fairmont State University.
A 101.69 in the team event put the Bears over the top, completing a remarkable, unbeaten, 12-0 season that resulted in the program’s first major title. It was a season of firsts for the Bears, as sophomore Kiara Nowlin and freshman Shayla Moore were named the organization’s Most Outstanding Athlete and Freshman of the Year, respectively, the first time that Baylor has won either major award. In addition, Baylor won a program-best eight individual event titles on Wednesday evening, setting the stage for the run through the tournament that resulted in Saturday night’s title win.
Both teams entered Retton Arena ready for a battle, as the start values for both squads were 10.00 for each heat of the Compulsory, Acro and Pyramid. Baylor took the early lead, notching a pair of 9.95 scores in Compulsory to take a narrow, 39.05-38.35 lead. A 9.95 in the five-element and 9.85 in seven-element Acro allowed the Bears to move further ahead of Oregon, as Baylor outscored …Read More
FAIRMONT, W. Va. – Day two of the 2015 National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Tournament is in the books, with all four of the top seeds advancing to the semifinals tomorrow at Joe Retton Arena.
No. 1 Baylor def. No. 8 King, 283.615-258.965 – Box Score
No. 2 Hawaii Pacific def. No. 7 Fairmont State, 274.300-259.155
No. 3 Oregon def. No. 6 Alderson Broaddus, 280.875-273.695 – Box Score
No. 4 Azusa Pacific def. No. 5 Quinnipiac – 279.705-277.525 – Box Score
In the first meet of the afternoon, fourth-seeded Azusa Pacific used a 58.15 in tumbling to withstand a rally by No. 5 Quinnipiac, 279.705-277.525. Top-seeded Baylor scored a 38.75 in Compulsory Event, leading from start to finish en route to a 283.615-258.965 triumph over eighth-seeded King University in the afternoon’s second meet.
Four-time defending champion Oregon defeated Alderson Broaddus, 280.875-273.695, notching 9.8s or above in each of the final three tumbling events en route to the victory. In the final meet of the afternoon,
On Saturday, April 25th, No. 1 Baylor and No. 4 Azusa Pacific will face off in the first semifinal at 10 a.m. Baylor defeated the Cougars in the first two meets between the squads this year, as the Bears won at Azusa, 283.720-276.380 on March 9th before picking up a 285.675-272.425 …Read More
FAIRMONT, W. Va. — A meet-high eight individual team championships for the Baylor Bears highlighted the first day of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Tournament on Thursday, April 23rd. A total of 15 awards were award between five schools, as both Alderson Broaddus and Hawaii Pacific scored the first national championships in program history.
Baylor’s dominant afternoon started with the first event, the Acro 5-Element. The Bears would then take both heat one and two of pyramid before a decisive run in tumbling. Baylor won duo, trio, quad, aerial and six-element tumbling, finishing the afternoon by taking four out of the five tumbling events. Oregon scored the first of four national championships on the afternoon with a win in acro six-element before picking up wins in toss heats one and two. The Ducks closed out their afternoon with a win in the tumbling open, picking up their fourth win in the final event of Thursday’s schedule.
Alderson Broaddus earned a win in the acro 7-element, the first national championship in program history. Hawaii Pacific’s first national title came in pyramid heat three.
The NCATA Tournament will begin on Friday, April 24th as No. 4 seed Azusa Pacific will battle No. 5 seed Quinnipiac at 12 …Read More
FAIRMONT, W. Va. — Baylor sophomore Kiara Nowlin earned National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Most Outstanding Athlete honors, highlighting the association’s annual awards banquet on Thursday evening at the Bridgeport Convention Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Baylor first year Shayla Moore earned Freshman of the Year honors, as Azusa Pacific University senior Claire Dresselhaus earned the Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement award. Alderson Broaddus head coach Jacqueline Eshleman was named the Association’s Coach of the Year to cap the major award winners in the annual vote conducted by the head coaches within the NCATA footprint.
Nowlin, from Oxnard, California, played a key role in the Bears’ undefeated, 9-0 season, serving as a constant presence in the Baylor lineup while additionally picking up NCATA Player of the Week honors on April 10th. Competing in eight of the 20 heats in each meet, the sophomore participated in compulsory toss, compulsory tumbling, acro 6 element along with pyramid heats one and two. Heats that included Nowlin picked up a season-high score of 9.65 in the trio and 9.55 for the quad pass, averaging a 9.938 in her individual passes while scoring the only perfect 10 in the NCATA this season in the individual pass. Finally, Nowlin served a …Read More
Thursday, April 23rd marks the beginning of the 2015 NCATA Championships, set to kick off at Fairmont State University on Thursday with the Individual Event Finals, which will take place at 2 p.m. Fans can find information on all events, including live video streaming, at the 2015 NCATA Championship Central link, found here.Read More