King University junior Tosha Banks earned National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week, announced by the organization on Wednesday, April 5.
NCATA Player of the Week
Tosha Banks • King University
Junior • Top/Tumbler • Kingsport, Tenn. (Dobyns Bennett)
Banks helped the Tornado set program records for total points in a meet and team event score. For the first time in program history, King eclipsed the 270-point plateau, scoring 272.395 in a meet against Oregon, over four points better than King's previous high. In the team event, King scored 94.97 points, setting a program record, while Banks helped the Tornado match a program best score in the compulsory acro heat, assisting on a program-high 9.00 in the tumbling trio pass and a synchronized pyramid heat that set a season-best score of 9.75.
NCATA Honorable Mention
Kaile Michaud • University of Oregon
Senior • Base • Vancouver, Wash. (Prairie)
Helping propel the Ducks to a 1-1 record, Michaud competed in 12 heats in Oregon's win over King and setback against Baylor over the last week. The senior served as a base on a compulsory toss heat that scored a 9.95 against King, a compulsory pyramid squad that scored 9.90 against Baylor, and team events that scored 100.90 and 102.750 against the Tornado and Bears, respectively.
Lauren Sturm • Baylor University
Junior • Back/Base • McKinney, Texas (Lovejoy)
Sturm helped Baylor avenge its only loss of the season with a win over No. 2 Oregon as she helped the Bears score at least a 9.80 in seven of the eight heats she participated in, including a 9.95 in the tumbling six-element pass.