NCATA Programs Sign 128 Student-Athletes During November

NCATA Programs Sign 128 Student-Athletes During November

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Programs from the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) have announced the signing of 128 student-athletes during the first month of the 2019 open signing period, welcoming a group of student-athletes spanning 29 states. The new open signing period began in November and will run through August for NCATA programs.

"The NCATA congratulates all the student-athletes who signed during the month of November," said NCATA Executive Director Janell Cook. "As these young women prepare to begin their collegiate academic and athletic careers, we couldn't be more excited that they've chosen to be leaders in this growing sport. We're also very proud of our coaches, who are working so hard to share these new opportunities with prospective student-athletes."

Gannon University, the host of last year's NCATA National Championships, turned in the largest recruiting class during November, inking 17 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Defending National Champion Baylor had the second largest class with 13, followed by Davis & Elkins with 10 and the University of Oregon with 9. Limestone, Presbyterian and West Liberty each signed eight, and national runner-up Quinnipiac signed seven.

California, Texas and Pennsylvania each had 11 student-athletes sign with NCATA programs so far during the 2019 signing period to lead the 29 states represented in this year's class. West Virginia came in fourth with nine student-athletes, followed by eight apiece from South Carolina, Ohio and New Jersey. States ranging from Alaska to New York will have representation on NCATA member rosters in 2020.

Overall, nearly 61 percent of the fall signees have experience with a discipline of gymnastics ranging from acrobatic and artistic gymnastics to trampoline and tumbling. In addition, 32 percent of the fall signees were members of a competitive cheer team during their high school careers. Other disciplines in this class include acrobatic dance and high school cheerleading.

"Thursday's announcement further solidifies the rise of acrobatics and tumbling as the NCATA has seen consistent growth in participation and member institutions over the past four seasons," said Cook. "The NCATA has grown to 25 member institutions and will have 525 female student-athletes, from 41 states, competing across the country during the upcoming 2019 season."

With 525 athletes competing in 2019, the association saw a significant jump from 392 competing student-athletes in 2018.

In addition to the opportunities created for female student-athletes, an astounding 73 percent of NCATA head coaches and assistant coaches are former NCATA athletes.

In addition to the numbers mentioned above, NCATA rosters represented 39 states and three countries last season. NCATA student-athletes also excelled in the classroom, with the 2018 grade-point average for all members reaching 3.21 during the 2018 season.


Adrian College (6)

Jessica Philpot - Gambrills, MD

Alexis Harris - Grass Lake, MI

Payton Young - Holt, MI

Julia Hattley - Livonia, MI

Jayme Hein - Metamora, MI

Alex Turi - Wickliffe, OH


Arizona Christian University (4)

Maddie Shasky - San Lorenzo, CA

Starleen Acorda - Federal Way, WA

Madisyn Weber - Moses Lake, WA

Mackenzie Ridgway - Vancouver, WA


Azusa Pacific University (6)

Katelyn Cooper - Eastvale, CA

Victoria Ho - Elk Grove, CA

Carmen Karg - Upland, CA

Mckenna Meyers - Camp Hill, PA

Caroline Simmons - Plano, TX

Hailey Kunimura - Auburn, WA


Baylor University (13)

Karsyn Campbell - Elk Grove, CA

Abby Luong - Loomis, CA

Haley Mustafa - Plancentia, CA

Emily Tobin - Templeton, CA

Kamryn Kitchens - Kennesaw, GA

Kristin Dyson - Woodstock, GA

Shaye Lauro - West Chicago, IL

Jobee McKeever - Ijamsville, MD

Drew Sliker - Atoka TN

Keri Collins - Houston, TX

Navy Villar - Mckinney, TX

Tori Harris - Waco, TX

Katie Shiffer - Clifton, VA


Belmont Abbey College (6)

Sarah Bohannon - Antioch, CA

Hannah Wright - Shelby, NC

Allison Hartman - Walnut Cove, NC

Aspen Terrel - Flower Mound, TX

Madeleine McCauley - Chesapeake, VA

Desislava Yordanova - Williamsburg, VA


Concordia University, Wisconsin (3)

Jessi Alexander - Plainfield, IL

Alicia "Amy" Eberth - Basehor, KS

Ashley Johnson - Orrivile, OH


Davis & Elkins College (10)

Aurora Long - Los Angeles, CA

Ariahna Cohen - Voluntown, CT

Anya Comeau - Derry, NH

Raina Nolan - Brick, NJ

Roy Gannon - Sisters, OR

Elizabeth Markley - Lancaster, PA

Courtney Harris - Frisco, TX

Deanna Kreider - Virginia Beach, VA

Gracie Hamb - Beckely, WV

Kaitlynn Bolyard - Mill Creek, WV


Erskine College (4)

Carly Egan - Kissee Mills, MO

Jordan Burnett - Aiken, SC

Rachel Bullock - Laurens, SC

Elisabeth Medved - Myrtle Beach, SC


Fairmont State University (5)

Sarena Michmick - Bishopville, MD

Peyton Barnes - Waldorf, MD

Tatyana Kidd - New Albany, OH

Hannah Sadler - Mukwonago, WI

Sophia Delgreco - Bridgeport, WV


Gannon University (17)

Madeleine Olsen - Phoenix, AZ

Morgan Applegate - Olathe, KS

Courtney Da Silva - Eastampton, NJ

Michaelah Lanza - Middletown, NJ

Hailey Shepard - Reno, NV

Alexis Tosado - Sparks, NV

Bethany Schirz - Sparks, NV

Morgan Gilbert - Black River, NY

Brianna Blaszak - Clarence Center, NY

Janai Jenkins - Columbus, OH

Ashley Fallgren - Hillsboro, OR

Suzanne Whiteman - Delmont, PA

Abigail Miller - Johnstown, PA

Maria Ondrejko - Scenery Hill, PA

Jema Reasoner - Collierville, TN

Addison Womeldorph - Allen, TX

Athena Martinez - Cedar Park, TX


Hawaii Pacific University (4)

Sarah Gantner - Indianapolis, IN

Anna Urash - Shelby, NC

Ravenna Bala - Wickliffe, OH

Avery Tyson - Georgetown, TX


King University (1)

Alexis Marquith - Wesley Chapel, FL


Limestone College (8)

Sydnie Murski - Land O Lakes, FL

Savannah Venters - Winder, GA

Acacia Johnson - Verasailles, KY

Lexi Noti - Huntersville, NC

Kwonique Parker - Blacksburg, SC

Kayley Bowen - Blacksburg, SC

Jordan Diederich - Spartanburg, SC

Kirstie Mensen - Lubbock, TX


University of Oregon (9)

Kady Bryant - Anchorage, AK

Bailee Lamson - Murrieta, CA

Sydney Szarka - Aurora, CO

Gabrielle (Gabby) Lange - Allentown, NJ

Karly Nowak - Howell, NJ

Faith Rightmire - Bend, OR

Alena Aucker - Knoxville, TN

Rachel Ramage - McKinney, TX

Alexis (Lexi) Weller - Spokane, WA


Presbyterian College (8)

Madison Head - Griffin, GA

Kiana Perkins - Grovetown, GA

Rachel Ransom - Woodstock, GA

Ashlyn Getway - Huntersville, NC

Madeline Johnson - Waynesboro, PA

Morgan Todd - Conway, SC

Ashley Walker - North Charleston, SC

Maya Cunningham - Walland, TN


Quinnipiac University (7)

Grace Rogers - Madison, CT

Emily Baktis - Oxford, CT

Taren Diaz - Oxford, CT

Arden Leunes Long - Branch, NJ

Rochelle Katz Long - Valley, NJ

Nicolette Tianga - Deer Park, NY

Kyra McHenry - Staten Island, NY


Urbana University (4)

Cailin Dugan - Hillsbourough, NJ

Abigail Swinderman - Chippewa, PA

Hannah Froce - Ellwood City, PA

Makayla Thiry - Harrisville, PA


West Liberty University (8)

Samantha Ebert - Martin's Ferry, OH

Tianna Meyer - Napoleon, OH

Kiara Smith - Toronto, OH

Samanthat Benovic - Altoona, PA

Mareena Scalia - Morgantown, PA

Sarah Le - Kennewick, WA

Claudia Callahn - Moundsville, WV

Lindsay Fries - Parkerburg, WV


West Virginia Wesleyan College (5)

Alexandra Helmers - Decatur, GA

Caitlin Josef - Charleston, WV

Alejandra Ditchen - Charleston, WV

Megan Miles - Huntington, WV

Kaelin Withrow - Saint Albans, WV