April 7, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. -
Baylor competitive cheer student-athletes Jayme Edwards
and Madeline Felio
were named National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association All-Americans on Wednesday night at the NCATA awards banquet. The Bears were joined by Maryland as the only two programs with multiple All-American selections.
"With only five percent of all the student-athletes receiving this honor, and how hard it was to qualify this season, I am ecstatic that Baylor had two athletes recognized as All-Americans," head coach Karry Forstyhe said. "We have the youngest team of all the NCATA programs, and I am looking forward to the growth of our team and these young student-athletes."
Felio, a sophomore team captain from Flower Mound, Texas, has competed in every event in every meet this season.
"Madeline is one of the most outstanding athletes and leaders on this inaugural team," Forsythe added. "She is a great tumbler and one of our strongest bases."
"Winning All-American was a great honor," Felio said. "This team is full of talented young women and I am most grateful to be given the opportunity to compete in every event all year."
Edwards, a freshman back spot from Chicago, Ill., has also competed in all seven meets this season.
"When I recruited Jayme she was a good tumbler, but she was one of the hardest workers in summer leading up to beginning this inaugural season," Forsythe said. "Jayme came in not only as a good tumbler, but also as one of our strongest overall because of her determination to be a great athlete."
"I feel very honored to be given the chance to compete in so many events for my team," Edwards said. "As a freshman, I am excited to be a part of the first All-American team. I hope to continue to grow individually and as a part of this team."
Baylor was one of only three programs to have student-athletes earn honored and one of only two schools with multiple All-Americans. Top-ranked Maryland had six student-athletes earn All-America status, including Season Daugherty, Ali Iovino, Danielle Jenkins, Samantha Johnson, Kaitlyn Letourneau and Lauren Shannon. No. 2 Oregon's Chelsea White was also named to the All-American team.
To earn All-America status, student-athletes had to compete in every skill event in a minimum of two home and two away meets.
The NCATA National Championships begin Thursday as fourth-seeded Baylor faces No. 5 seed Fairmont State at 7 p.m. CDT. No. 3 seed Azusa Pacific takes on sixth-seeded Quinnipiac at approximately 9 p.m. The winners of the matches will advance to the semi-finals to play the top two seeded teams, Oregon and Maryland, on Friday. The team championships take place at 10 p.m. Saturday following the individual events championships at 8 p.m.
2010-11 NCATA All-Americans
Season Daugherty, Maryland
Jayme Edwards, Baylor
Madeline Felio, Baylor
Ali Iovino, Maryland
Danielle Jenkins, Maryland
Samantha Johnson, Maryland
Kaitlyn Letourneau, Maryland
Lauren Shannon, Maryland
Chelsea White, Oregon