The National Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) announced its week five award winners on Friday afternoon, with Baylor's Ashley Echelberger earning Athlete of the Week, while teammate Joie Hensley was named the Specialist of the Week. Azusa Pacific's Hannah Alonzo was also honored as the freshman of the week for the second time this season.
Echelberger, a senior top from Georgetown, Texas, competed in nine total heats as Baylor topped Oregon in a matchup of the preseason's top two teams last Sunday. She led the Bears to seven heats that scored a 9.70 or higher during the victory, including a 9.95 in the compulsory toss and open pyramid, and a 9.85 in the synch pyramid. She also helped the Bears score a 9.70 in the trio tumbling pass.
Hensley, a junior top from Castle Pines, Colo., starred in the toss event for Baylor this week. She helped the Bears to a score of 9.80 in the synch toss, before following the heat up with a 9.90 in the open toss. Hensley also performs in tosses during team event for the Bears.
Alonzo, a base from San Antonio, Texas, competed in 10 total heats for Azusa Pacific as the freshman earned NCATA honors for the second time this season. She helped the Cougars score a 9.50 or higher in seven different heats during the victory over Arizona Christian. A 9.90 in the compulsory toss, and a 9.85 in the five-element acro highlighted her performance.
Honorable Mention (Athlete of the Week)
Courtney Moser (Azusa Pacific): Moser, a junior base and tumbler from LaMesa, Calif., competed in eight total heats for the Cougars. She helped Azusa Pacific record five scores of 9.50 or higher, including a 9.80 in the aerial tumbling pass. She also helped APU score a 9.95 in the compulsory toss, and a 9.80 in the compulsory pyramid.
Meghan Hughes (Gannon): Hughes, a junior top and tumbler from Lakewood, N.J., competed in 10 heats to lead the Knights last week against No. 10 King. She helped Gannon to six heats that scored a 9.50 or higher, including a 9.85 in the compulsory toss, and a 9.80 in the compulsory pyramid.
Honorable Mention (Specialist of the Week)
Gabby Spencer (Azusa Pacific): Spencer, a freshman top and tumbler from Vancouver, Wash., put on an impressive performance in the tumbling event for APU last week, including a score of 9.90 in the open pass of tumbling. She also competed in the trio pass with a score of 9.30 (out of 9.60).
Calyx Hampton (Oregon): Hampton, a sophomore base from Ontario, Calif., starred in the pyramid event for Oregon last week. Her performance included a score of 9.90 in the inversion pyramid, and a 9.85 in the open pyramid.
Honorable Mention (Freshman of the Week)
Caroline Versluis (King): Versluis, a back base and tumbler from Milton, Ga., competed in seven heats and team event to lead the Tornado this week. She helped lead King to a score of 9.50 in the compulsory pyramid, a 9.30 in the open toss, and a 9.225 (out of 9.450) in the aerial tumbling pass.
Sydney Hess (Gannon): Hess, a base and tumbler from Manalapan, N.J., competed in five total heats for the Knights this week. Her performance was highlighted by scores of 9.85 in the compulsory toss, 9.80 in the compulsory pyramid, and 9.70 in the five-element acro.