Five Schools Earn Individual Event National Championships

Five Schools Earn Individual Event National Championships


The 2018 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Champion Baylor Bears and University of Oregon Ducks won six individual national championships each to lead the charge on the final event of the 2018 NCATA Championships at the Hammermill Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Hawaii Pacific, Gannon University and Glenville State additionally scored one of the 15 individual event championships up for grabs during the event.

Baylor won the first four tumbling heats, capturing duo, trio, quad and aerial heats. The Bears opened the tumbling event with a 9.80 duo pass completed by senior Lauren Sturm and junior Kaylee Adams before junior Ashley Eichelberger joined seniors Toni Bronisevsky and Shayla Moore for a 9.55 in the trio pass. A 9.3 by the team of Bronisevsky, freshman Briana Harris, Bailey Hollier and Elise Manning.

Hollier would add a victory in the aerial tumbling pass to cap Baylor's success in the opening of tumbling, while a 9.875 in the open toss and a 9.925 in seven-element acro provided the Bears with their fourth and fifth national event championship to compliment the team championship captured with a 283.360-274.650 win over Quinnipiac earlier in the day.

Oregon senior Taylor Galvin ended her collegiate career with a perfect score in the open tumbling event, capturing an event national title for the third consecutive season. During her sophomore campaign, Galvin won the six-element pass before back-to-back wins in the open pass to conclude her career. Classmate Reagan Trussell earned the six-element championship with a 9.875. 

The tumbling victories concluded an impressive run for the Ducks, who won the five-element acro event with a score of 9.925, the synchronized pyramid with a 9.875 before a 9.600 in the 450 salto toss secured the team's third championship trophy.

Glenville State won the first individual event championship in program history with a 9.90 in the open pyramid. The Pioneers edged Oregon by 0.025 points to earn the event national championship to conclude a 3-2 season under the leadership of first year head coach Sarah Moreno.

Gannon's 9.875 in the inversion pyramid secured the program's third individual event national championship as the tournament-hosting Golden Knights electrified the home crowd with the victory. Hawaii Pacific capped the championship recipients with a 9.80 in six-element acro, edging Azusa Pacific and Baylor by 0.075 points to earn the trophy.

The Individual Event Championships concluded a successful weekend in Erie, Pennsylvania for the NCATA. A program-record crowd cheered the Gannon Golden Knights in their Thursday night quarterfinal matchup against Oregon before Quinnipiac became the first No. 3 seed in NCATA history to earn a berth in the championship meet after upsetting second-seeded Azusa Pacific on Friday. Baylor concluded the weekend by tying Oregon for the most championship titles in NCATA history.

After the individual event finals, the NCATA All-American and Major Award recipients were announced. Click here to see who secured All-American honors to conclude the season.