Azusa Pacific University senior Ashleigh Pitts was named the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week on Wednesday, joining Baylor University junior Kaylee Adams (Specialist) and Converse College freshman Breana Clarke (Freshman) as weekly award winners.
NCATA Player of the Week
Ashleigh Pitts, Azusa Pacific University
Senior, Top/Base, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (San Luis Obispo)
Pitts aided the Cougars to a regular season-concluding win over Converse, participating on five heats that notched a new season-high. The senior helped the open pyramid heat notch a perfect 10, adding two 9.95 scores in compulsory pyramid and five-element acro. Pitts capped her impressive performance with a season-high 9.925 in the aerial pass after scoring a 9.30 out of a 9.60 in the trio pass. The senior averaged a 9.73 over the eight heats she competed in prior to team event.
NCATA Specialist of the Week
Kaylee Adams – Baylor University
Junior, Top/Base, China Spring, Texas (China Spring)
Adams excelled for the Bears, helping the team to a road win over Oregon to conclude the regular season. The junior opened the meet with a 9.95 in five-element acro and a 9.85 in the open pyramid before logging a 9.90 in her six-element pass to conclude the meet.
NCATA Freshman of the Week
Breana Clarke – Converse College
Freshman, Top/Tumbler, Glen Allen, Va. (Hermitage)
Clarke helped the Valkyries notch a season-high 277.44 against Azusa Pacific. The freshman notched a 9.5 or above in eight heats out of 13, including a season-best 9.70 out of a 9.95 start value in the aerial pass. Clarke helped the Valkyries score a 9.65 in five-element acro, seven-element acro, synchronized pyramid and open pyramid, adding a 9.5 in open toss and a meet-high 9.85 in compulsory toss.
Honorable Mention Players of the Week
Camren Diaz – Quinnipiac University
Sophomore, Base, Oxford, Conn. (Oxford)
Diaz participated in 10 heats for the Bobcats in a win over Gannon in the regular season finale. The Bobcats logged perfect scores in compulsory toss, seven-element acro and inversion pyramid, adding a 9.95 in compulsory pyramid, a 9.90 in open toss and a pair of 9.75's in open pyramid and synchronized pyramid.
Taylor Galvin – University of Oregon
Senior, Base/Tumbler, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (El Toro)
Galvin posted scores above the 9.80 mark in eight of the 10 heats in which she competed, recording 9.95 scores in synchronized pyramid and open toss. The senior added a 9.825 in her six-element solo pass alongside a 9.90 in compulsory toss and five-element acro. Galvin concluded a successful meet with 9.85's in seven-element acro and inversion pyramid.
Lauren Sturm – Baylor University
Senior, Base/Back Base, Frisco, Texas (Lovejoy)
Sturm anchored Baylor to a regular season-ending win over Oregon, capturing four heat victories while matching or surpassing four previous season-high scores. The senior posted a 9.85 in her open solo pass, joining the Bears for 9.95 scores in compulsory toss and seven-element acro, scoring a 9.85 out of a 9.90 start value in 450 salto toss.a
Honorable Mention Specialist of the Week
Haley Cochran – Fairmont State University
Senior, Base, Monongah, W. Va. (North Marion)
Cochran helped the Falcons close the regular season with wins over Davis & Elkins and Glenville State, competing in 11 heats over the two meets. Fairmont State posted seven scores of 9.60 or higher during the past week, including a perfect score in compulsory toss against Glenville State. Cochran added a 9.80 and 9.75 in inversion pyramid over the week and a 9.75 in five-element acro against the Pioneers to help Fairmont State conclude the regular season with a 6-1 record.
Annelyse Robinson – University of Oregon
Senior, Base, Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville)
Robinson competed in seven heats for the Ducks against Baylor, aiding the Ducks to five heats that scored at or above a 9.85. the senior joined Oregon on a open pyramid heat that scored a perfect 10, a synchronized pyramid heat that posted a 9.95 and a seven-element acro, inversion pyramid and synchronized toss heat that logged identical 9.85 scores.
Honorable Mention Freshman of the Week
Calyx Hampton - University of Oregon
Freshman, Base, Ontario, Calif. (Western Christian)
Hampton recorded a 9.80 or above in all five heats she competed in prior to the team event, averaging a 9.89 for the Ducks against Baylor. The freshman notched a pair of 9.95's in synchronized pyramid and open toss, adding a 9.90 in compulsory toss, a 9.85 in synchronized toss and a 9.80 in compulsory pyramid.
Briana Harris – Baylor University
Freshman, Base, Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
Participating in six heats during the Bears' win over Oregon, Harris joined Baylor for three event victories. The freshman helped the Bears either tie or surpass their previous season-highs with a 9.75 in the synchronized toss, a 9.95 in open toss and a 103.00 in the team event.