NCATA Holds End of the Year Banquet
WACO, Texas- The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association honored 14 student-athletes and one head coach at the organization’s banquet on Wednesday night at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.
All six teams are in attendance for the NCATA National Championships being hosted by Baylor University, Apr.24-26, at the Ferrell Center.
Twelve student-athletes were tabbed All-Americans as voted on by the league’s head coaches. The University of Maryland and the University of Oregon led the contingent with three winners each. Quinnipiac and Fairmont State added two apiece and Baylor and Azusa Pacific had one each selected for the squad.
In addition to an All-America team, coaches voted Oregon freshman base Tara Lubert as the NCATA Newcomer of the Year and Fairmont State’s Kristi Kiefer as the NCATA Coach of the Year.
A new award that was added to the NCATA’s list of awards was the Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award, which was presented to Maryland’s Lindsey Kaufmann. The award was named after Goodrum for her contributions to not only the sport of acrobatics and tumbling, but to college athletics and students in general. Goodrum is best remembered for the way she was able to listen and very subtly give advice.
No. Azusa Pacific and No. 4 Quinnipiac will get things started on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Session tickets are available for $25 with single-day tickets going for $10. Groups of 20 or more can also be purchased for $5. To get tickets, contact the Baylor ticket office over the phone at 800-BAYLORU, online atbaylorbears.com or by visiting the Baylor ticket office in person.
For those not able to make it to Waco for the championships, a free, live video feed will be offered throughout the course of the three-day championships via Baylor All-Access and BaylorBears.com.
Coach of the Year
Kristi Kiefer, Fairmont State
Newcomer of the Year
Tara Lubert, Oregon
Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award
Lindsey Kaufmann, Maryland