Feb. 8, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling begins its third season competing in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) when the Bears travel to Fairmont, W.V., to take on Fairmont State at 3 p.m. CT Sunday. After cancelling Saturday's season opener against the Quinnipiac Bobcats due to inclement weather, the Bears are more than ready to compete.
"The girls have prepared for this meet by focusing on perfecting their technique with all of their Acro and Tumbling skills," second-year head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams said. "Team captains Hailey Cowan, Christabel Winkler, Lynn Herbst and Kristie Serrano have helped to pull the team together. They all have become a very close knit team. Successful repetitions have boosted the team's confidence as well. Our main focus has been on improving our Acro skills for the first meet."
This season, Harris-Williams welcomes 26 returning student-athletes and 17 newcomers to the floor. Along with the recent addition of assistant coaches Scott Holland and Mandy Salter, Baylor A&T is still adjusting to the new dynamic of the team. "I enjoy working with my staff and am happy with the level of knowledge both Scott and Mandy bring to the table," Harris-Williams said. "The athletes really feel comfortable and confident in our coaching abilities. I will continue to set the bar high for this group of outstanding athletes."
A&T meets consist of six events: Compulsories, Stunt, Pyramids, Basket Tosses, Tumbling and Team Routine. Teams compete in a predetermined rotation order throughout each event. Events are immediately scored by officials and overall standings are displayed on a scoreboard.
The Bears' first two meets of the season are on the road before they return home Feb. 26 to host Azusa Pacific at the Ferrell Center. The 2013 NCATA National Championships will be held in Hamden, Conn., on April 25-27. All NCATA events are sanctioned through USA Gymnastics.