AZUSA, Calif. – The Quinnipiac University acrobatics & tumbling team scored a perfect 10 to take home their only event in the Twisting Pyramid at the NCATA Individual National Championships on Thursday evening. Along with the event title, three Bobcats were recognized by the NCATA for their achievement on the mats for the 2014 season. Sophomores Brooke Artz (Whitman, Mass.) and Kayla McCormack (Hanson, Mass.) along with freshman Kelsey Rule (Kendall Park, N.J.) were named to the All-American Team. Rule also picked up the NCATA Freshman of the Year Award. Quinnipiac opens competition of the three-day event at the Rex Pyles Arena in Azua, Calif. this weekend.
For the second time in NCATA history, the Bobcats took home the twisting pyramid event. The Bobcats posted a perfect 10 in the second pyramid heat. Senior Ashaa Russell (Bronx, N.Y.), juniors Stephanie Palange (West Springfield, Mass.), Jenna Quenneville (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Christine Rochester (Waterford, Conn.), and Racheal Leahy (Pougkeepsie, N.Y.), sophomores Taylor Johnson (Foxboro, Mass.), Jordan Cavallaro (Bloomingdale, N.J.), Brittney Kusmierski (Omaha, Neb.), Demitra Germanakos (Massapequa, N.Y.), and McCormack, and freshman Noelle Brasier (Simi Valley, Calif.) all took part in the event. In 2013 Quinnipiac took a three-way tie with a score of 9.85 in the event along with Azusa Pacific and Oregon.
In addition to team accolades, three Bobcats were presented with NCATA individual honors as well. Sophomores Artz and McCormack along with freshman Rule were named to the All-American team. Rule also collected the NCATA Freshman of the Year Award. This is the second consecutive time the Bobcats earned the recognition. Hawai'i Pacific's Keenyn Won was rewarded with NCATA Coach of the Year honors; Oregon's Nicole Erlichman was named Most Outstanding Athlete; and Gannon's Erin Harris was tabbed Academic Athlete of the Year.
The University of Oregon fared well throughout the evening, taking six event titles before night's end. Azusa Pacific took five events while Gannon claimed two and Baylor and Quinnipiac each had one.
The No. 3 Bobcats will take the mats Friday evening in the NCATA National Quarterfinals in Azusa Calif. Quinnipiac will face No. 6 Hawaii Pacific at the Rex Pyles Arena with competition scheduled to start at 5:15 pm (PST).
2014 NCATA All Americans
2014 NCATA Coach of the Year
Hawai'i Pacific: Keenyn Won
2014 NCATA Most Outstanding Athlete
Nicole Erlichman - Oregon
2014 NCATA Freshman of the Year
Kelsey Rule – Quinnipiac
2014 NCATA Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award
Erin Harris – Gannon
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