Baylor's Ashley Echelberger has been named the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Athlete of the Week for the third time this season, as announced by the association this evening. In addition, Baylor's Joie Hensley and Fairmont State's Kelsey Kyle have been named the Co-Specialist of the Week, and Quinnipiac's Asia Johnson has been named the Freshman of the Week for ninth week of the NCATA season.
Ashley Echelberger (Baylor): Echelberger earned NCATA Athlete of the Week honors for the second-consecutive week and third time this season after leading the unbeaten Bears to a tri-meet victory over Hawaii Pacific and Arizona Christian. Echelberger competed in 10 total heats for Baylor, helping the Bears to a pair of perfect scores during the victory. Baylor recorded a perfect 10.0 in the compulsory toss and six-element acro, in addition to adding a 9.95 in the compulsory pyramid and open pyramid. In all, Echelberger competed in seven heats that scored a 9.75 or higher.
Joie Hensley (Baylor): Hensley, a junior top from Castle Pines, Colo., earned Specialist of the Week honors for the fourth time this season after leading Baylor to a standout performance in the toss event during last week's tri-meet victory over Hawaii Pacific and Arizona Christian. Hensley, who performs some of the most difficult toss skills as a top, helped Baylor record a perfect 10.0 in the open toss, and a 9.80 (out of 10.0) in the synchronized toss.
Kelsey Kyle (Fairmont State): Kyle, a senior base from Parsons, W.Va., starred in the pyramid event as Fairmont State defeated Davis & Elkins and West Virginia Wesleyan in a tri-meet to wrap up the regular season last week. Kyle helped Fairmont State record a perfect 10.0 in the open pyramid for the fourth time this season during the meet. She also competed as a mid-level base in the inversion pyramid, which scored a 9.75 during the tri-meet.
Asia Johnson (Quinnipiac): Johnson, a freshman base from New Britain, Conn., competed in 10 events as fourth-ranked Quinnipiac topped No. 8 Gannon last week. Johnson helped QU record seven scores of 9.60 or higher during the meet, including a 9.95 in the inversion pyramid, and a 9.9 in the compulsory pyramid and compulsory toss. She also helped the Bobcats record a season-high 9.65 in the synchronized pyramid.
Athlete of the Week (Honorable Mention)
Payton Coon (Oregon): Coon, a sophomore top, base, and tumbler from Portland, Ore., competed in 10 total heats to lead the Ducks last week. Coon's performance was highlighted by a score of 9.775 in the six-element individual tumbling pass. She also helped Oregon score a 9.95 in the open toss, and a pair of 9.90's in the compulsory pyramid and compulsory toss. Coon helped Oregon record six scores of 9.50 or higher in last week's victory over Azusa Pacific.
Cassidy Osher (Quinnipiac): Osher, a sophomore top and base from Old Bridge, N.J., competed in six total heats as she helped Quinnipiac pick up a victory over No. 8-ranked King University. Osher helped QU to four scores of 9.60 or higher, including a 9.650 in her individual tumbling pass (open pass). She also competed in Quinnipiac's compulsory pyramid and compulsory toss, with each scoring a 9.90 against King.
Specialist of the Week (Honorable Mention)
Calyx Hampton (Oregon): Hampton, a sophomore base from Ontario, Calif., helped Oregon record a trio of high scores in the pyramid event last week, including a 9.95 in the open pyramid, and a 9.85 in both the inversion pyramid and synchronized pyramid.
Freshman of the Week (Honorable Mention)
Hannah Alonzo (Azusa Pacific): Alonzo, a freshman base from San Antonio, Texas, competed in 10 heats with an averaged score of 9.63 as Azusa Pacific competed in a top-five matchup against the University of Oregon. Alonzo helped APU record a score of 9.60 or higher in six different heats during the meet, including a 9.90 in the open pyramid, and a 9.80 in the acro five-element.
Catherine Reynolds (Fairmont State): Reynolds, a freshman top and tumbler from Fairfax, Va., competed in six heats and team event for Fairmont State last week, recording a 9.90 in her individual tumbling pass (six-element) for the second-consecutive meet. Reynolds also helped Fairmont State record a 9.95 in the six-element acro, a 9.80 in the synch pyramid, and a 9.75 in the inversion pyramid.