July 16, 2014

Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling Announces Tri-Captains For 2014-15

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University acrobatics & tumbling head coach Mary Ann Powers has announced that Stephanie Palange (West Springfield, Mass.), Christine Rochester (Waterford, Conn.) and Cara Seckinger (Danbury, Conn.) will serve as captains for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

Palange earned 2013 National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) All-American honors while leading the Bobcats to the 2013 NCATA National Championship match. In addition, Palange guided the Bobcats to two individual national championships, in the twisting pyramid and the release pyramid. A tireless worker, Palange was honored with Quinnipiac's "Iron Bobcat" Award for her commitment and tenacity in the weight room.

"Stephanie is probably the most cohesive and hardworking individual I have been blessed to coach," Powers said. "Her ability to motivate her teammates has been recognized by all since the day she has set foot on our campus."

Rochester was also part of the 2013 squad that won the twisting pyramid and release pyramid national championships while helping Quinnipiac to the 2013 NCATA National Championship match. She is currently the secretary for Quinnipiac's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and was selected as one of two Quinnipiac SAAC representatives to attend the NCAA National Conference in Orlando, Fla.

"Chrissi is a transfer from the University of Louisville and a Connecticut native who has worked diligently behind the scenes to promote Acrobatics and Tumbling and community service at Quinnipiac," Powers said. "I believe Chrissi's ability to corral our team as a family will be invaluable to our team chemistry."

Seckinger is a Connecticut native who came to Quinnipiac from Danbury (Conn.) High School, where she led her squad to the 2011 Connecticut Class LL State Championship. In doing so, Seckinger earned All-FCIAC and All-State honors. This past season, Seckinger played a pivotal role in the squad's twisting pyramid unit that won its second consecutive NCATA National Individual Championship.

"Cara is a natural leader and an extremely focused student-athlete," Powers said. "I expect that her encouraging disposition will be a source of motivation for our incoming freshman."