April 30, 2011
WACO, Texas -
Baylor will host the 2012 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association National Championship at the Ferrell Center from April 26-28, the NCATA announced Saturday.
"Baylor is privileged to have the opportunity to host the 2012 NCATA National Championship in the Ferrell Center," Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said. "Our staff and student-athletes are excited about hosting the event and we look forward to great fan support."
Baylor went 3-6 in its inaugural season and the Bears finished third at the 2011 NCATA National Championship in Eugene, Ore. The Bears won their first-round match against Fairmont State before falling to eventual national champion Oregon in the semifinals.
"Baylor University, as a founding member of the NCATA, will be an outstanding host for our championship," said John Blake, Executive Director of the NCATA. "We are excited to bring this collegiate national championship to Texas, a state known for its athletic tradition - especially in this skill set."
The Bears won their first-ever national championship in 2011 when Katie Collier, Madeline French and Nicole Allison won the five-element stunt event title on April 9.
"I am really excited that Baylor will host the NCATA National Championship next season here in Waco," head coach Karry Forsythe said. "We have great facilities, a beautiful campus, and I look forward to seeing the Ferrell Center packed with fans for this new sport next April."
Baylor opens the 2012 season in February and the Bears' full schedule will be released in September. All NCATA events are sanctioned by USA Gymnastics.